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For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Engineering feats occur around us all the time, often without us noticing; one example is a coin-sorting machine. In a straightforward, yet challenging activity, young engineers work together to design their own coin sorter. Beginning...
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Chair Lift Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
What needs to be considered when designing an effective and safe chair lift? In an engaging and challenging inquiry experiment, young engineers work with teams to design and build a chair lift capable of carrying a tennis ball, a...
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Wimpy Radar Antenna

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The Diary of a Wimpy Antenna? In the last installment of a six-part series, your class constructs a model of a radio antenna and tests its torque. Pupils use the results to design a better model that resists bending and twisting forces.
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Designing a Water Treatment Plant

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
How does dirty water get clean enough to drink? After viewing a PowerPoint that outlines the process water goes through at a water treatment plant, groups work together to design a chlorination chamber for a treatment plant.
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Egg Drop Lander

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
You have to crack a few eggs to make a good engineer! Working in small groups, young scholars design, build, and test devices that protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a ladder.
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How Can Work Be Done with Water Power? Activity A

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Environmentally friendly engineering teams construct a water wheel and experiment with its speed and the resulting amount of weight it can lift. Consider following this activity with two more of the same title by the same publisher when...
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Refrigeration, Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Pass around an ice cube and before long, there's nothing left! Youngsters work in groups to design an insulating food container that will keep cold things cold. Though the publisher designated this as a middle school activity, it is...
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Oil Spill Solutions

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
Students examine how to clean up oil spills. In this engineering lesson, students design, build, and test a system that will clean up an oil spill.
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Engineer a Cane

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
Students study engineering design and technology.  In this inventive instructional activity students work in teams and learn to problem solve and create a new design for a cane.