Participants in a workshop build or construct a solution to a problem presented by a Museum educator and test its effectiveness.
Students will use their engineering skills to contruct a working catapult. When done, they will compete to see which team's catapult can launch a projectile the farthest. The activity encourages a quick scientific investigation and students' skills in mechanics and physics come into play.
Recommended Grade Level(s): Physics
Design a structure that can protect an egg from a two-story drop while exploring kinetic and potential energy as well as energy transfer.
Recommended Grade Level(s): 4, Physics
Work in groups to build a bobsled! Time how long it takes to travel down the track. What variables can you change to make it go faster or slower?
Recommended Grade Level(s): 4, Physical Science
Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of using nonrenewable vs renewable energy resources. Design and construct your own ecofriendly creation.
Recommended Grade Level(s): 3, 6, Earth Science
Discover the fun of scientific investigation while creating your own satellite that can hover in our vertical wind tunnel.
Recommended Grade Level(s): K - 2, 3, 5, 6, Physical Science
Learn about circuitry and the design process through the creation of video game controllers. Using Makey Makeys, students create their own controllers based on socially impactful and challenging parameters. No controller is complete until it has been tested, so buckle down to evaluate your creation - all in the name of science!