In this series we are adapting some of the support activities developed for the award-winning documentary, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, to showcase how they can be done at home.
Slender Tower Challenge - Sometimes the best way for a city to grow is upward, not outward. Can you design a very slender tower?
Daylight in a Bottle -bringing sunlight into a building provides free, renewable light. Find out how an ordinary water bottle can bring light into slums around the world.
Build a Better Bubble Blower -Use the Engineering Design Process to test and build the "best" bubble blower.
Water Pollution Clean Up --Healthy water is important for humans as well as for the environment. Can you design a water filter to remove pollutants?
Colorful Chemistry -Red cabbage juice makes a colorful chemical indicator for acids and bases around the home.
Build an Earthquake Resistant Structure -build structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows then test them on a home-made shake table.
Foil Boats -this is a fun activity for all ages. How much weight will a piece of foil support? Turn it into a challenge!
Windy City Tower/Paper Towers -Can you design and build a paper tower that can hold up in the wind?
More Activities: Our partner, DiscoverE, is another excellent source for lessons adapted for home use. Check out the growing library of materials at DiscoverE.org/our-activities.
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