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That's what it is all about! Design and build a crane and see how heavy a load it can lift. In this challenge, kids follow the engineering design process to: (1) design and build a crane out of cardboard; (2) figure out ways to reinforce the arms so they don’t collapse under a heavy load;

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Students will learn about heat transfer by making their own homemade ice cream. The salt lowers the freezing temperature of the ice transforming it back into water. Water can transfer heat away from the milk faster than plan ice causing the milk to freeze into ice cream!

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Using the materials (and your foot), mUsing the materials (and your foot), make something that launches a ball high enough so you can catch it (or higher!).ake something that launches a ball high enough so you can catch it (or higher!).

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In this nine step lesson plan students will create and then fly three different simple paper airplanes to explore the basic aerodynamic properties of aircraft. Some of these properties include lift, drag, balance, and basic flight controls. This lesson can be altered for more advanced students or for large group demonstrations. Included in this lesson

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In this lesson, students will explore the engineering design process by building a table out of tubes of newspaper that is strong enough to hold a heavy book. They will learn to brainstorm, test, evaluate, and redesign their tables to support more weight and figure out how to keep the table legs from buckling.

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Can you imagine driving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the moon? NASA can. It’s building a fleet of ATVs (called rovers). Some can be driven by astronauts. Others are remote controlled. All of them can handle the moon’s dusty, rugged terrain. Talk about off-road adventure! Design and build a rubber band-powered rover that can scramble

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Build a tower that’s at least 12 inches high with two or more parts that move in the wind. That’s what makes it kinetic—it moves.

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That's what it is all about! Design and build a crane and see how heavy a load it can lift. In this challenge, kids follow the engineering design process to: (1) design and build a crane out of cardboard; (2) figure out ways to reinforce the arms so they don’t collapse under a heavy load;

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Make your friends and family ask, “What’s buzzing?” Design an alarm that you can turn on and off and that is small enough to hide.

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In this lesson, students will explore a chemical reaction where ordinary household items are transformed in to something new. Students will mix glue, water and borax to form a polymer we call Gak! This one is a fan favorite.

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Oobleck is a suspension of cornstarch and water that can behave like a solid or a liquid depending on how much pressure you apply. Try to grab some in your hand and it will form a solid ball in your palm just until you release the pressure, then it will flow out between your fingers.

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