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Homemade Construction Tools
- Visit Picklebums to find out how to use all those empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make your own construction tools!
Get creative: What can you make using only newspaper and tape?
- What’s the tallest structure you can make?
- Can you make a shoe? A shirt? A bag?
Involve your whole family and show off your creation.
Spaghetti Tower Challenge
- Give everyone 20 pieces of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, and a marshmallow.
- Put 10 minutes on the clock and build the tallest tower you can to support the marshmallow.
- At the end of 10 minutes, stop building and hands up.
- The tallest tower left standing that can support the marshmallow wins!
Have loose change lying around?
Challenge your family to the unsinkable boat contest!
- Give each person an equal-sized piece of aluminum foil (a good size is 6 inches by 6 inches).
- Challenge everyone to build a boat only using that piece of aluminum foil.
- Set a time limit or give everyone as much time as they need to be creative.
- When time is up, float the boats in a tub of water or the kitchen sink.
- Ask each person to start adding change—1 coin at a time—to their boat and see whose boat holds the most weight.
- Simple Machines by Lance: Enjoy over 40 simple engineering projects Lance designed and published for kids. Each has detailed instructions and a lesson plan. Most projects are designed for kids from grades 1–5. Some are for older kids.
- Design Squad Global: Watch, design, build, and play games focused on engineering.
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- I Like To Make Stuff: Join Bob as he shares projects on woodworking, metalworking, electronics, 3D printing, prop making and more!
- Mark Rober: Learn answers to all kinds of questions as Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, tackles life’s toughest questions.
- Minute Physics: Investigate all things physics.
- NASA: Join NASA to explore space and Earth.
Erika Zimmermann, Coordinator of Community Outreach
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Updated April 03, 2020