There are many engineering activities easily implemented at home or in a co-op that are challenging, engaging, and a ton of fun!
Here are 10 really cool options:
Strongest Shapes – Using index cards and only one shape in your design, build a bridge that can support a toy car.
Slender Tower Challenge – Build the tallest tower you can with the smallest footprint possible.
Wind Powered Cars – Design and build a car that moves by wind power.
Design a Catapult – Build a catapult that launches a projectile and hits a target.
Squishy Circuits – Create a play dough creature with eyes that light up.
Alarming Surprise – Build an electrical circuit to power an alarm that is small enough to hide and that goes off when you flip the switch.
Aeronautical Airfoils – Design an airfoil that will enable a glider to fly the greatest distance.
Bobsled Racer – Build a miniature bobsled that can win a race down a frozen slope.
Water Pollution Cleanup – Design a process to treat water contaminated with acid and oil.
Design a Dome – Design a domed structure strong enough to support 60 pennies.