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Provides youth with the opportunity to design their own wind turbine blades using various materials (card stock, cardboard, etc.). The purpose of the activity it to test how many pennies their design can lift using a base and fan. Students are given enough time to re-iterate and re-test their new design.
Groups of students are each assigned a different country and asked to design a water filter. The countries vary in literacy and GDP which is reflected in the amount of information and money provided to each group. Students will learn about how these contributing factors can impact clean drinking water.
In this challenge, youth will learn the value of team work, acquire an understanding of Hooke’s Law, and apply the design and experimentation process to create and test a bungee jumping cord for an egg.
Created by the Women In Engineering Subcommittee, Youth Engagement, with the Special Interest Badge requirements for a Unit Visit with Brownies (age 7-9) in mind. Feel free to break this up and not do all three of the activities at once.
Safe stopping robot
Youth are shown how we can use a basic electrical circuit and motor to make decisions like a robot. The goal is to construct a robot that turns off whenever it leaves the “safe” area.
Youth will see how wind energy is used to create mechanical energy by building their own “wind” powered turbine.
Youth will learn about how the shape of a boat can affect its buoyancy. Participants will design, test and iterate to allow their boats to carry as much weight (pennies, washers or buttons etc.) as possible.
Engineering discipline discovery
The objective of this activity is to discuss different categories of engineering opportunities through the different disciplines.
Books (Not available to borrow)
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