Build a robust bridge without glue, nails, screws, or rope!
Make a self-supporting bridge designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Be amazed by the ingenious simplicity of his creation! Use Leonardo's idea to inspire a student design challenge.
Curriculum topics: Forces, Engineering, Design
Weave math and culture together with Native American Indian dream catchers
Combine traditional Native American culture and modern mathematical concepts to explore geometric shapes and patterns!
Curriculum topics: Circles, Geometric Shapes, Patterns & Relationships, Native American Culture,..
Explore magnets and magnetism
Magnetism is a fascinating phenomenon for students. This simple yet effective activity provides a practical method for teaching students how to find and label the magnetic poles on a magnet, identify magnetic materials, understand the difference between geographic an..
Propel a straw “rocket” through the air
Hypothesize, experiment, collect data and analyze forces and motion with a straw “rocket” and an easily made launcher. The stronger the force, the farther and higher the rocket flies!
Curriculum topics: Forces, Motion, Gravity, Newton's Law
Catch the (heart) beat
Listening to the heart is a practical way to teach students about how the heart pumps blood through the circulatory system. The sounds of the beats provide information on heart valves, heart rate, and they reveal the relationship between circulation and respiration. This si..
Make a telescope like the one Galileo designed!
See how convex and concave lenses can be combined to magnify far-away objects.
Curriculum topics: Lights, Optics, Refraction, Astronomy
Kit includes: Idea Sheet, 1 plastic pipe cap, 1 convex lens, 1 concave lens, 1 cardboard tube, and 1 insula..
Build student interest with this simple DNA activity!
Use ordinary dish soap, salt, and isopropyl alcohol to extract DNA from strawberries. Just follow the illustrated guide. No special skills or equipment required.
Curriculum topics: Biology, Life Science, Cell Structure, Genetics, Scientific..
Rock the Ravine 2017
The Challenge: design and build a device to help explorers cross an ice field with multiple ravines.
This kit enables students to begin exploring the design process to develop creative solutions to a real-world problem. It contains enough building materials for four to six..
Watch plant growth in a CD case
Create a reusable germinator that gives students an unobstructed view of sprouting seeds. Graph data, test environmental variables, or simply “enjoy the magic” as the seeds transform into growing plants!
Curriculum topics: Biodiversity, Botany, Measurement, Plan..
Quanityfing the richness of life
Everything that lives in an ecosystem, including humans, contributes to the biodiversity of the planet. Many species interact and depend upon one another for things like food, shelter, and oxygen. Students learn how to measure biodiversity in terms of species rich..
Superabsorbent-polymer in bead form
These tiny beads can soak up and hold over 100 times their weight in water! Each bead maintains its spherical shape and color. Observe how the beads absorb water over time. Create a fun illusion using the optical properties of the beads.
Curriculum topics: M..
A personable wind vane with its beak to the wind
Create a playful, easy to make wind vane which will point to the source of the wind!
Curriculum topics: Wind, Weather, Fluids, Atmosphere
Kit includes: Idea Sheet, 20 paper cones, 10 jumbo straws, 10 wide straws, 10 metal washers, 10 foam was..
Get wound up with wind power!
Use this enhanced pinwheel to measure the mechanical energy that can be obtained from moving air. Make the pinwheel spin by holding the device while walking or by using the "wind" from a fan. Take data - including measuring how much time is required for the device to..
Zip Through the Assembly for a Quick Launch
Use a bent spoon to store the energy needed to launch a pompom into the air. Explore different launch angles to vary the height reached and where the pompom lands.
Curriculum Topics: Motion and Forces, Potential and Kinetic Energy, Tra..