Parents, Educators & Engineers

Activity Guide

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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You may download the entire DESIGN SQUAD Activity Guide (3.5M) or in the following sections:

Front and Back Covers

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Activity Guide Introductory Material

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Contents:

  • 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

Content Standards

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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English Activity Sheet - Download PDF (508K)
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Challenge 2: Paper Table

See how strong a table you can build out of paper.
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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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Spanish Activity Sheet - Download PDF (724K)

Challenge 4: Paddle Power

Check out how fast a boat can paddle itself across a container of water.
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English Activity Sheet - Download PDF (492K)
Spanish Activity Sheet - Download PDF (724K)

Challenge 5: Helping Hand

See how many objects you can grab with a homemade "bionic" arm.
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