Sandbox: Wreck It!

Grades Pre-K – 12
Force and motion.

In the Wreck It! design challenge, students engineer a track to destroy an obstacle by investigating and harnessing kinetic and potential energy. In the process, they will use their ingenuity, engineering and creative thinking skills to accomplish this deceptively simple task.

Design Lab is a place to put students’ understanding of the world to the test by asking them to explore solutions to real world problems and whimsical scenarios. The challenges in Design Lab present challenging problems that inspire design thinking and foster engineering skills. Design Lab workshops encourage participants to think flexibly, take risks, and explore their creativity and ingenuity.

Duration: 30 minutes

 

Studio: Air Powered Vehicles

Grades 5 – 12
Air, momentum and motion.

The Air Powered Vehicles challenge allows students to engineer an air powered vehicle to transverse a series of terrains. Using an assortment of everyday materials, students design and build an air powered vehicle that can travel on land, water and/ or ice. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Can be scaled for greater difficulty for older grades.

Duration: 30 minutes

 

Backstage: Stuntbot Challenge

Grades Pre-K – 12
Impact and collisions.

The Stuntbot challenge is an art and science mash up where students engineer solutions to keep a stunt person safe while they perform tricks. Relying on a biology, physiology and design, students explore their engineering skills to design an intervention to protect the Stuntbot while exploring kinetic energy, physics and gravity. Students will make predictions, engineer solutions, and iterate their designs.

Design Lab
is a place to put students’ understanding of the world to the test by asking them to explore solutions to real world problems and whimsical scenarios. The challenges in Design Lab inspire design thinking and foster engineering skills. Design Lab workshops ask participants to think flexibly, take risks, and explore their creativity and ingenuity.

Duration: 30 minutes

 

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