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Launch It!

Design and build an air-powered rocket that can hit a target at least 5 feet away. 

Make a Mechanical Hand

Students create a mechanical hand that mimics the bending and straightening of their own fingers and thumb.

Strongest Shapes

Students experiment with different shapes as they build a bridge out of index cards that will support a small object.

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Water Pollution Cleanup (Student Instruction)

Design a water filter to remove pollutants!

Repurpose Your Trash (Student Instruction)

Design a prototype using materials from your household garbage or recycling.

Truss Bridge (Student Instruction)

Design, build and test a straw bridge with a truss design.

Surgical Forceps (Student Instruction)

Design a prototype of surgical forceps that can grasp and remove a foreign object from a confined space.  

Windy City Tower (Student Instruction)

Make a paper tower that can withstand as much wind as possible.

Puff Mobiles (Student Instruction)

How can you build a car that moves as far as possible on a single breath of air?

A Winch Lightens the Load (Student Instruction)

Haul water—or buckets of stuff—up and down by making a well winch.

Foil Boats (Student Instruction)

How many pennies can your aluminum foil boat hold before it sinks or capsizes? 

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