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Critical Load

For Teachers 3rd - 9th Standards
Students analyze critical load and how to reinforce the design of a structure to hold more weight. They examine basic structures and which materials to select. They create a prototype to hold more and more weight.
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Build Your Own Robot Arm

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Learners explore design, construction, and teamwork as they design and develop robot arm at least 18 inches in length using common materials.
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Design and Build A Better Candy Bag

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
Young scholars discuss how the final design for a product can affect its success. They work together to design and develop a better candy bad. They predict the volume and strength they need for the bag to be successful.
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Sticky Engineering Challenge

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Students explore the properties of different adhesives. In this physics lesson plan, students construct a building structure and determine what glue to use in the process. They present their design in class.
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Sail Away

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Students examine what naval architects and marine engineers do.  In this engineering lesson students work in teams and design a boat with a sail structure. 
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Pollution Patrol

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
Learners design and build an outdoor air pollution detector, test their designs, and communicate their results.  In this investigative instructional activity students work in teams to design their detectors and use everyday items to do...
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Pulleys and Force

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Learners investigate pulleys and pulley systems. They demonstrate how multiple pulleys dramatically reduce required force. They study hoe pulley systems are used in machines and impact everyday life.