This is a collection of project-based engineering lessons for kids. Project-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning. Activities that promote investigation, critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are also central to project-based learning.

These project-based lessons focus on basic principles of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. Physical models are built from a similar set of materials that can be easily sourced online (links are provided in-lesson).

All of the project plans in this collection are designed to be used in an after school enrichment setting, though you may use and modify these ideas for other not-for-profit purposes provided you cite The Workshop for Young Engineers.

This is a growing and improving collection of lesson plans. Please comment to share your ideas to improve lessons and photos of your designs.

Easy and exciting!
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A lesson in lift, drag, and stored energy
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Combine a series of hinges to create an extendable grabber.
30K 170
An advanced-looking project built using simple techniques.
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Highly customizable and fun to use
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Three different plans for cork-shooting projectile launchers
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Fast and fun, a good introductory project. Needs a bit of space.
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Add flexibility to your project repertoire.
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Simple, sturdy, strong.
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Keep a hard-boiled egg safe as it races other cars down a ramp and crashes into a wall.
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Simple hydraulics are used to power four different projects of varying difficulty.
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This open-ended design challenge requires students to build towers that can withstand gusts of wind
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Simple hydraulics used to control grappling JudoBots
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Some kids would build nothing but these if I let them
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Combine simple 2D shapes made of straws and sticks to create more complex 3D constructs
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A well balanced project with a satisfying end product.
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A simple hinge and trigger are used to extend one's grasp
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An unusual project that explores the gyroscope effect
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A unique project that mimics the way a real mousetrap functions.
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This project uses the same principles as the other Bow and Arrow Instructable.
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A simple variant of the Viking Catapult
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An easy project powered by air captured in a paper sail
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Fun! A project to engage all ages.
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Push the car off of a table and watch it glide to the floor and continue rolling
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Held together only with tape and straws, yet incredibly sturdy and high-performing
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