- Simple Machines
Ideal for use in afterschool programs, workshops, and events, the Activity Guide has five versatile activities that require little facilitation and are manageable with large numbers of kids.
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Front and Back Covers
Activity Guide Introductory Material
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- Introducing the Design Process
- Talking to Kids about Engineering
- Fit Design Squad into any Program
- Web Resources
- Hosting a Design Squad Event
- Sources for Material
The challenges in this guide correspond to the ITEA National Study of Technology Content Standards and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Science and Technology/Engineering Standards.
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Challenge 1: Watercraft
Find out if you can build an unsinkable boat out of straws and plastic wrap.
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Challenge 2: Paper Table
Challenge 3: Zip Line
Test how quickly you can get a Ping Pong ball to the bottom of a zip line string.
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