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Young Engineers Session 1

Building things using strong shapes and simple machines

This session gives students experiences building strong structures that meet specified requirements. They also learn about using simple machines to help make work easier.

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Lesson 1Introduction - What is an engineer? Plastic rod structures Handout
Lesson 2Marble Roller Coasters Handout 1
Handout 2
Handout 3
Handout 4
Lesson 3Newspaper Bridges I: Building with weak materials  
Lesson 4Newspaper Bridges II: Making an even stronger bridge Handout 1
Handout 2
Lesson 5Building a Suspension Bridge Handout 1
Handout 2
Lesson 6What kind of bridge is best? Handout 1
Handout 2
Lesson 7Pegboard Erector Sets I: Building a Railroad Bridge I  
Lesson 8Pegboard Erector Sets II: Building a Railroad Bridge II  
Lesson 9Simple Machines Handout
Lesson 10Potato Chip Factory Subsystem I  
Lesson 11Potato Chip Factory Subsystem II  
Lesson 12Potato Chip Factory Subsystem III  
Lesson 13Nuts, bolts, screws, and triangles: Attaching things securely  
Lesson 14Building with Basswood Strips (Catapult I) Handout 1
Handout 2
Lesson 15Building with Basswood Strips (Catapult II)  
Lesson 16Alternative Lesson 1 Introduction - What is an engineer? Newspaper structures  
Lesson 17Alternative Lesson Idea - Attaching long objects securely and using triangles to make a strong structure