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Free space/astronomy-related lessons

Engineering/maker activities

Paper Airplane

This twist on the “classic dart” paper plane includes the instructions on the plane itself. Print this double-sided. Have students tested it as-is, then put on their “Engineering Hats” and make their plane the best it can be. What happens if they add a paperclip? Tape? Fold the wings?

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Paper Helicopter

Pre-cut sheet into 4 helicopters. Help students to make one helicopter following the instructions. Then let them modify them. Consider assigning each table a modification:

  • Adding a big paper clip
  • Adding a small paper clip
  • Cutting the blades
  • Taping

Let each group observe how the other group’s helicopters perform. Then, let each student create a second paperclip however they decide.

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The Great Rocket Design Challenge

These files can be used for various versions of compressed air rockets. You are welcome to modify copies of these files to create your own classroom engineering design challenge.

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Safe Stop Robot

These files can be used for various versions of compressed air rockets. You are welcome to modify copies of these files to create your own classroom engineering design challenge.

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MarkerBot

These instructions are from our MarkerBot Maker Kit, but all the materials can be purchased separately as well.

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DustBot

These instructions are from our DustBot Maker Kit, but all the materials can be purchased separately as well.

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Continuity Tester

This will buzz whenever its circuit is completed. It can be used as the basis for electric games and quiz sheets.

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