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Project-Based Engineering for Kids

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I'm here to inspire others to conduct project-based engineering lessons in the classroom and elsewhere. Project-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning. Activities that promote investigation, creative critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are also central to project-based learning.

In my approach, I do not expect the students to memorize facts, concepts, or theories. Instead, comprehension and applied understanding come through engaging with an idea firsthand without necessarily being able to define it. For example, making Slingshot Rockets is a hands-on study in the basic principles of flight and trajectory. In this way, learning becomes a fun process of discovery, not one of abstract understanding.

All of the project plans in this collection are designed to be used in an after school enrichment setting. Please do not use these project plans for profit.
Cork Shooter style
Highly customizable and fun to use. A smash hit among my students!
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Mini Siege Engines style
Three different plans for cork-shooting projectile launchers.
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Mechanical Hand style
A simple hinge and trigger are used to extend a student's grasp
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Slingshot Cars style
Fast and fun, a good introductory project. Needs a bit of space.
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Quick & Fun Engineering Projects style
Add flexibility to your project repertoire.
14K52
Teach Engineering: Truss Bridges style
Simple, sturdy, strong.
36K54
Crash Test Cars style
Keep a hard-boiled egg safe as it races other cars down a ramp and into a wall.
19K52
Easy Hydraulic Machines style
Simple hydraulics are used to power four different projects of varying difficulty.
117K91
Tornado Tower style
This open-ended design challenge requires students to build towers that can withstand gusts of wind!
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Hydraulic JudoBots style
Simple hydraulics used to control grappling JudoBots
56K104
Bow and Arrow style
Some kids would build nothing but these if I let them
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Geometric Shapes style
Combine simple 2D shapes made of straws and sticks to create more complex 3D constructs
1.0K5
Propeller Plane style
A plane that flies at least 15' and lands upright
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Propeller-Powered Car style
A well balanced project with a satisfying end product.
34K51
Gyroscopic Whirligigs style
An unusual project that explores the gyroscope effect
16K118
Craft Stick Mouse Trap style
A unique project that mimics the way a real mousetrap functions.
10K31
No-Glue Bow and Arrow style
This project uses the same principles as the other Bow and Arrow Instructable.
1.7K9
Triangle Slinger style
A simple variant of the Viking Catapult
1.1K17
Marble Roller Coaster style
A project to engage all ages.
52K61
Gliding Car style
Push the car off of a table and watch it glide to the floor and continue rolling
5.2K89
Pyramid Catapult style
Held together only with tape and straws, yet incredibly sturdy and high-performing
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