Daily Topics

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Structures

AEROSPACE: Discover the secrets of aerospace engineering - efficiency and compact design. Create a space station and connect it with others to assemble a massive modular spacecraft. TOWERS: Find out how structural engineers use physics to solve problems. Work together to build a structurally sound tower with a working elevator.


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Water Works

BOATS: Create a sea-worthy vessel as you set sail with nautical engineering! Build a test boat powered by potential and kinetic energy. Then try changing specific variables to improve speed, buoyancy, and stability. BRIDGES: Work together with your fellow civil engineers to build and test different bridge designs. Then use what you've learned to create the strongest bridge possible.


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Fun Fair

CARNIVALS: Learn about forces and the mechanical engineering concepts behind some of your favorite amusement park rides. Then improve and test the design to create an even wilder ride. CREATURES: Discover nature's engineering secrets as you investigate biomimicry! Build a walking insect machine and then test different ways to help it climb up the steepest branch.


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Transportation

VEHICLES: Get in gear as an automotive engineer! Assemble a motorized vehicle and learn how to optimize it. Use wheels, axles, and gears to reduce friction so your vehicle runs better. Then, shift into higher gear and work hands-on with transmissions and gear ratios. ENGINEERING CHALLENGE: Work in teams to design and build a transport vehicle that is strong enough to carry a heavy load.


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Design

MACHINES: Engineering is creative! Learn how gears, levers, and pulleys are useful tools for mechanical engineers. Combine your newfound knowledge with art and build a motorized drawing machine. ENGINEERING CHALLENGE: Work in teams to draw up blueprints and use plastic connectors to build a sculpture.