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Maker Education - About Maker Education. HM-Innovations. 2015 Project Gallery. Zoom - Building Activities. Dollar Store Crafts. Free Teacher Resources. 100 Awesome Engineering Projects for Kids. By Kristie Lewis Engineering and fun aren't always two things that kids naturally associate with one another, but there are hundreds of ways to make engineering, physics and design fun and challenging for kids.

100 Awesome Engineering Projects for Kids

Here are 100 great experiments that will let kids construct, play, learn and grow, all while they study the fundamentals of engineering. Basics These projects focus on the basics of motion, force and other essentials of physics. Balls and Ramp. Light and Electricity Let kids have fun understanding how to harness light and electricity. Create your own light bulb. Structures Kids will have a blast trying to put together these building projects. Build a Bird House. Materials Through these projects, children can see how different materials act and work in structures. Create the perfect play dough. DESIGN SQUAD . Episode Descriptions. Premiering on PBS in January 2011, DESIGN SQUAD NATION is a 10-part series of TV shows and video blogs that build on the success of the award-winning PBS reality competition series DESIGN SQUAD to get kids excited about engineering.

DESIGN SQUAD . Episode Descriptions

DESIGN SQUAD NATION is high-energy, high-drama reality TV led by Judy and Adam, two professional engineers who work with kids around the world to make their wishes come true through engineering. From creating a park for skaters at the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona to building a playground in a rural village in Nicaragua's northern mountains, the goal of DESIGN SQUAD NATION is to inspire viewers to take on their own hands-on engineering activities. DESIGN SQUAD NATION Season 1 Episode 101: Apache Skateboarders. DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Build. DESIGN SQUAD . Resources. Skip Navigation PBSKids Go!

DESIGN SQUAD . Resources

Mensa For Kids. Computer Science Unplugged. SonicDadDotCom. Finding Starter Projects for New Makers (Part 1: Make & friends) Every fall we get a new crop of schools and teachers coming to us looking for ways to get started with making.

Finding Starter Projects for New Makers (Part 1: Make & friends)

We’re developing more awesome Maker Media-made resources for you. In the meantime, over the next several posts we’re going to share the resources our colleagues in the classroom use to get students started making. To give credit where this is due, we gleaned the links in this post and the forthcoming ones with input from many colleagues, especially Stephanie Chang and Aaron Vanderwerff.

In today’s post, we share the resources made by us at Maker Media. Don’t forget to also check out what’s happening at our non-profit sibling: the Maker Education Initiative. Browse Make:Projects. Not all our projects have made it into Make:Projects. The one-page 1-2-3 project pages we’ve been running for the past few yearsHowtoons, now also available as a 360-page book!

We recently piloted a set of five activities we called the Maker Faire Classroom Pack. Make: Television. Light Up the Season with Computer Science Exploration. With drag-and-drop computer programming, kids can explore fun activities that add lights and sounds to the season.

Light Up the Season with Computer Science Exploration

We got in the holiday spirit with Scratch and Raspberry Pi to light up a simple light-activated star! Whether your winter break features hot chocolate and snowball fights or not, the extended school break often includes a lot of time cooped up indoors. With or without any seasonal festivities, there may be a good bit of downtime to fill. One Path - Lesson - Summary Students learn that charge movement through a circuit depends on the resistance and arrangement of the circuit components.

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Couch Potato or Inertia Victim? - Activity. Summary Students design a simple behavioral survey, and learn basic protocol for primary research, survey design and report writing.

Couch Potato or Inertia Victim? - Activity

Note: The literacy activities for the Mechanics unit are based on physical themes that have broad application to our experience in the world — concepts of rhythm, balance, spin, gravity, levity, inertia, momentum, friction, stress and tension. Mechanics Mania - Curricular Unit. Summary.

Mechanics Mania - Curricular Unit

Browse Activities - At this point in the unit, students have learned about Pascal's law, Archimedes' principle, Bernoulli's principle, and why above-ground storage tanks are of major concern in the Houston Ship Channel a... ...more At this point in the unit, students have learned about Pascal's law, Archimedes' principle, Bernoulli's principle, and why above-ground storage tanks are of major concern in the Houston Ship Channel and other coastal areas.

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In this culminating activity, student groups act as engineering design teams to derive equations to determine the stability of specific above-ground storage tank scenarios with given tank specifications and liquid contents. With their floatation analyses completed and the stability determined, students analyze the tank stability in specific storm conditions. Then, teams are challenged to come up with improved storage tank designs to make them less vulnerable to uplift, displacement and buckling in storm conditions. Activities. Science Links. MAKE HOMEMADE SCIENCE TOYS AND PROJECTS.

Inventor's Showcase Guidelines. My Craft Channel. Sites/default/files/bb_engineering_journal_2014_10_10.pdf. Project-Based Engineering for Kids. Fun, original, and exciting collection of project-based engineering lessons for kids.

Project-Based Engineering for Kids

If you enjoy these projects, then I encourage you to buy my book, Rubber Band Engineer. It's a full-color-photo book full of more project plans that range from the surprisingly simple to the curiously complex, and some have their roots right here at Instructables. Activity Detail.