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Engineer a Rubber Band Racer that can roll the fastest or farthest on ramps of different materials. Start by building the example Rubber Band Racer in the Build Guide. Learn about forces and concepts like torque and friction by completing the optional Labs. Then, design and build your own Rubber Band Racer to compete in Engineering Challenges.
Use common materials to explore buoyancy and power! Experimentation and tinkering allows students to evolve their boat through the engineering design process, creating unique propellers by changing blade shape, angle, and number.
Immerse students in introductory electronics by empowering them to create their own lively bug. Physical, interactive learning produces creatures buzzing with personality, inspiring students to “catch the bug” for STEM.
Engage students in the thought-provoking design and construction of their own exciting Rube Goldberg-style machines. Help them conceptualize, understand, and create both simple and complex mechanisms.
Off to the races! Bring unique battery-powered cars to the classroom and inspire students to explore design, science, technology, engineering, and math processes using recycled materials such as wood, metal, and plastic.
Fly your flag high! Students will combine gears, pulleys, and cams to convert rotary motion into linear motion, raising, lowering, and waving the flags of their choice with the simple turn of a crank.
Reach for greatness! This hydraulic-powered, remote-controlled arm is built totally by your students. Constructed by measuring, cutting, reaming, and tapping, it can accomodate any design they can imagine.
Get a grip on simple machines and hydraulics with a claw that works just like the ones in the arcade. Encourage creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking by challenging students to engineer claws that pick up specific objects.
Teach students to harness the power of the wind and convert it into electricity. Help them explore truly green engineering through inquiry and experimentation. Adjust angle, pitch, and blade number to transform the turbine into a unique design.
Take aim at creativity, creative thinking, and problem-solving. Students will use engineering, kinetic and potential energy, and the scientific method to create a unique launcher that can also toss, kick, or ram!
Combine data-driven components with recycling bin innovation to explore force in the form of a unique, animated kinetic toy. Students can design figures that box, dance, or fly in any direction, adding personalized logos to leave their mark
Put frequency and wavelength on paper with an electric-motor Scribble-Bot, or let students design their own innovative, battery-powered bots to explore how the flow of electrons can make them race, dance, or paddle.
Students construct a unique lift using the principles of wind energy, torque, mechanical advantage, and more. They can adjust blade shape, number, angle, and area to discover how these changes affect the instrument’s output.
Harness the power of pressurized carbon dioxide! Teach students how to transfer mechanical advantages with links, gears, and more. When the yeast is gone, the fun isn’t over — mobiles can become rubber band racers or other contraptions.