Simulate evolution with critters and beaky birds
Simulate evolution with some colorful “critters” and carnivorous “beaky birds”. Simulations are helpful to demonstrate processes like evolution that take place over many years. Observe how adaptations such as camouflage help organisms survive and p..
Unique Connector + Pencils = Pom Pom Launcher
Many catapult designs have evolved over the centuries. The new connect-a-pult demonstrates common items being re-purposed with the aid of a little creative engineering. Even young learners can explore the effects of using different launch angles and ..
A Glimpse into Cyber Security
Students build empathy around the concept of cyber security by learning about different types of data categories and by conducting research into how cyber security is addressed globally. Students to learn and apply concepts for creating effective account passwo..
How do you prevent a dropped egg from cracking up?
Students build a "vehicle" designed to prevent a dropped egg from breaking. In the process, they discover that combining simple materials with a little creative thinking and teamwork will reveal many ways to solve this intriguing challenge!
Anyone can create a Makerspace!
Promote student-driven education with these set of materials that correspond to our K-8 STEAM units. Each unit is aligned with NGSS performance expectations and Common Core Math standards and provides students with the opportunity to explore core concepts..
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..
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..
Flip a card to create a new word problem!
This board game gives students practice in solving word problems using mental addition and subtraction.
Curriculum topics: Word Problems, addition and subtraction, mental math
Kit includes: Idea sheet, 1 gameboard, 1 deck word problem playing cards,..
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..
Explore magnetic attraction and repulsion.
A variety of scientific and gravity "defying" demonstrations can be done by combining pill and ring magnets in unique ways to create a multipurpose demo unit.
Curriculum topics: Magnetism, Symmetry, Conservation of Momentum, Modeling, Problem Solving ..
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..
An easily made and powered version of the first electric motor!
This unique adaptation of the first static motor lets students create spinning motion using only hand generated static electric charges. The design can be easily modified for experimentation.
Curriculum topics: static electricity,..
Wear and remember the electromagnetic spectrum
Students can easily construct this bracelet to help them remember the electromagnetic spectrum (radio, microwave, infared, ROYGBIV, uv, x-rays, gamma rays), with visible and invisible components.
Curriculum topics: Light, Waves, Electromagnetic Sp..
Use math to design roller coasters
What does math have to do with thrilling roller coaster rides? How high does a coaster need to be to successfully navigate through a loop and on to the end of the track? How is the speed of the coaster related to the height of the coaster’s starting position? Ex..
Create a car powered by a spring.
With a little creativity, the potential energy stored in a common badge retractor can run a fun little vehicle. Take this idea and run with it!
Curriculum topics: Motion, Momentum, Friction, Simple Machines, Springs
Kit includes: Idea sheet, 20 8" Bamboo sk..