High Five

Design an avatar which can be revised over and over. Also, become familiar with the digital environment, login and features.

Note: 15 minute introductory activity

Need Some Support?

Learn about structural design by creating a structure that will support many text books. A performance factor is presented to encourage trade-offs.

Is All Slime Engineered Equally?

Investigate making slime using simple ingredients. Then test its properties using design criteria and create a new materials test to evaluate slime.

Designed For Sound

Design a simple speaker that can be used with a smart device. It is easy and it introduces the concept of induced magnetism by an electrical current

Optimum Potato Chips

Determine the best potato chip using the concept of optimization. The idea of an optimum chip is challenging for those who expect one correct answer.

Magical Mirrors

The magic of kaleidoscopes is brought to life as participants design their own kaleidoscope which they can bring home, learning. Learning about optics along the way

Hover Above It All

Learn how hovercraft function and apply this knowledge to create a hovercraft and test them against one another

WuGGs to the Rescue!

Design a shoe (a WuGG) with limited materials and try walking in a variety of conditions – wet, uphill and downhill, fast and slow.

Dance Party!

Learn about programming in this activity that challenges participants to design in Scratch™ . The goal is to get two dancers with coordinated moves and musical accompaniment.

Note: Computers required

Solar Cooker

Create a solar cooker to make S’mores and in the process learn about solar energy and its use as a fuel source.

Designing Rockets

Develop and apply knowledge about chemical reactions using Alka Seltzer to power a rocket. Also learn how to stabilize a rocket with fins.

Design Your Path

Design a path that takes the longest for a marble to move from the top to the bottom of a board, gaining a deeper understanding of energy.

Splash Down Water Game Design

Design an arcade game that uses squirting water from a pressurized container to knock over bottles, move containers and try to avoid each other!

Filtering Yucky Water

Safe, fresh water is not available in much of the world. Clarify yucky water that smells and is discolored by filtering with various materials.
NOTE: Requires sample preparation 24 hours in advance

Prosthetic Challenge

Gain a much deeper understanding of prosthetic devices and empathy for users. Design, create and use a prosthetic leg with every day materials.

Lemonade Taste-off

Create the best lemonade by learning about flavor and making it from scratch with lemons, sugar and water. Let judges decide their preference in a taste-off.

Zippy Chip

Chips race down a gondola to crash and break. Build a gondola and test protective packaging for cost versus breakage trade off.

Geometric Mobile Design

Get creative! Build a mobile design with geometric shapes which balance based on their size.

Brush Rush

Create a brushbot and adjust it so that it rushes across the race track while competing with the clock and other teams.

Designing Like a Spider

Design and build a spider web which is just tight enough. Toss Velcro ping pong balls at the web to measure effectiveness.

Designer Ice Cream

Mix up a batch of ice cream and freeze it with an ice bath. Measure the impact of salt in depressing the freezing point of the ice bath.

Secret Agent

Use the “pigpen cypher” to learn about encryption. Then make an unbreakable code with instructions on where to find a hidden treat.