Our labs are an opportunity for students to investigate scientific phenomena while working collaboratively to imagine, plan, create, test and improve on solutions to design challenges. Students will use their own creativity and real scientific tools to evaluate their creations. Worskhops are approximately 45 minutes long. Class size is limited. Available Monday through Friday only.
Students will use their engineering skills to construct a working catapult. When done, they will compete to see which team’s catapult can launch a projectile the furthest. This activity encourages a quick scientific investigation and students’ skills in mechanics and physics come into play.
Recommended Grade Levels: 9 - 12 (Physics)
Have you ever received a package and the item inside was broken? Protecting items from breaking during shipping is a big business! Design a structure that can protect an egg from a two-story drop by measuring kinetic and potential energy as well as energy transfer. And it’s just fun to drop eggs.
Recommended Grade Levels: 3 - 12
Explore the four forces of flight and discover the fun of scientific investigation while creating and testing your own gliding machine that can hover in our vertical wind tunnel.
Recommended Grade Levels: K - 7
Work in groups to build a bobsled and time how long it takes to travel down the track. What variables can be changed to make it go faster or slower?
Recommended Grade Levels: 4 - 7
What are renewable and non-renewable resources? What renewable energy resources is Virginia using today? Explore solar or wind energy as you design, construct and test a renewably powered device.
Recommended Grade Levels: 3 - 7
Learn about circuitry and the design process through the creation of video game controllers. Using Makey Makeys, students will create their own controllers based on socially impactful and challenging parameters. No controller is complete until it’s been tested, so buckle down to evaluate your creation—all in the name of science.
Recommended Grade Levels: 7 - 12