Making with newspaper!

Making and Engineering challenges to Build imagination, teamwork, and making skills with Newspaper.

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Using Newsprint

  • Make the longest tube that you can with newspaper.

  • Build the tallest structure possible using newspaper and tape.

  • Create a dome that someone can sit in.

  • Make the longest continuous strip possible from one sheet of newsprint.

  • Make a costume using newspaper and tape. Show how to make costume become 3D. Strive for a Wow! from those who see it.

  • Create three origami animals using large sheets of newsprint. Create a presentation about your origami animals.

  • Create a presentation based on newspaper headlines.

  • Create a presentation that uses a picture in the newspaper taken out of context.

  • Make a device to launch and catch crumpled newsprint balls.

  • Make the tallest tower possible that holds as much weight as possible.

  • How would you use newsprint to create a vehicle that travels?

  • Using only 4 sheets of newspaper, create a bridge from one chair to another.

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Making with Craft Sticks

engineering challenges with Craft sticks that build imagination, team work and making skills!

Using Popsicle (craft) stickscraft sticksMaking with Sticks:

  • Make the tallest structure that you can with a base that fits entirely on a notebook piece of paper.

  • Can you weave or cross-stitch the Craft sticks together to make a sturdy structure?

  • How many different ways can you attach the Craft sticks together?

  • Make the longest bridge that you can using Craft sticks.

  • Can you create a game based on the Craft sticks? How would you make game pieces, tokens, etc.?

  • Tell a story using Craft sticks to depict a scene.

  • Create a device to launch Craft sticks. How far can you launch them?

  • Create a puppet show that uses only Craft stick puppets.

  • Now try creating a presentation with Craft sticks shadow puppets. What would you use?

  • How might you communicate a message without talking, using only the Craft sticks? Try it with a friend.

  • Using craft sticks and one 3 foot piece of string, create a draw bridge that works.

  • Make a mask from craft sticks and markers.

  • Using craft sticks and paper, make a vehicle that will travel 6 feet without you touching it once it starts traveling.

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Make with masking tape!

Making and Engineering challenges to Build imagination, teamwork, and making skills with Tape.

Masking tape challenges

  • What is the largest sticky surface that you can make with tape?

  • Create the largest non-sticky surface that you can make.

  • Can you build a bridge of tape that spans a 3 foot gap? with only 1 in pieces. How far could you go?

  • Can you think of a way to use tape to create a case to hold small objects?

  • Design and build a trap for insects and see how many you catch.

  • Use tape to convey a message. Create a presentation that features the message being important to a character and why the character thought the message was made out of tape.

  • Create the tallest structure that you can using masking tape and one other type of material.

  • Use tape to create an arch using another type of material you have.

  • Make a presentation about why tape is a necessary tool.

  • Can you suspend a small ball from the edge of a table so that it stays for more than 5 minutes?

  • With tape and newspapers, create an outfit for yourself, a friend, a pet, or a tree.

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Making with Chenille Stems

Making and Engineering challenges to Build imagination, teamwork, and making skills with chenille stems.

Making with Chenille Stems

  • Using chenille stems, make a container for materials such as marbles, ping pong balls or tennis balls.

  • How many different ways can you attach chenille stems together other than twisting?

  • Can you create a tall tower using only chenille stems? How tall is it?

  • Make a cube using chenille stems.

  • Make Truss designs. will they hold weight?

  • How many different devices can you create to retrieve a ball 6 ft. away?

  • Devise a communication system to send a message using Chenille stems of different colors.

  • Create a puppet show using only chenille stems. What would the story be about?

  • Design a costume that uses chenille stems as part of the costume.

  • Make an insect out of the chenille stems? How could you get he insect to move without your hand touching the insect?

  • What other animal features (like tails, or horns) can you depict using chenille stems? Create a presentation that includes five features.

  • Using chenille stems, create a way to carry an egg from one side of the room to another without breaking the egg.

  • Using chenille stems, make an invention to help a teacher.

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Making with Balloons!

Making and Engineering challenges to Build imagination, teamwork, and making skills.

Making with Balloons

(warning: this activity uses latex balloons unless you have access to latex free balloons or gloves.)

  • What is the farthest distance you can get the smallest balloon (small water balloons) to stretch?

  • Use a balloon to create a pendulum.

  • Use a balloon to launch another balloon. How can you get it so go even further?

  • Use the neck of a balloon to attach two things together.

  • How many different ways can you attach the balloons together?

  • Use balloons in a costume.

  • Create a play that uses balloons to depict the story. Try to us the different shapes and/or colors of balloons to your advantage to get others to say “wow.”

  • Inflate a few balloons and put them in the corner of a room. Can you transport them across the room without them touching the ground or your bodies?

  • It is not only fun to blow up balloons, it is fun to deflate them. Try to get a balloon to deflate slowly so it does not pop! What would you use?

  • Use a balloon to create a catapult to eject a small marshmallow or eraser and hit a target 10 ft, 12 ft, 15 ft. away.

  • Find a new use for a balloon.

  • Make an animal out of one balloon and some paper.

  • Build a structure out of balloons and 3 feet of masking tape.

  • Can you inflate a balloon without blowing into it yourself?

 

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Balloons

Engineering with Foil

Foil. So shiny, roll-able, fold-able and tare-able. Try some of these challenges!

Make with Foil

Foil. So shiny, roll-able and fold-able. Try some of these challenges

  • Make a small structure that floats on water. Can it hold a weight such as a marble or large eraser?

  • What is the largest structure that you can make that floats on water? Can it hold a tennis ball?

  • Using foil and any other “found” materials you have, create a costume.

  • Try playing a game of charades using only foil to convey ideas.

  • Fold foil into the thinnest strip you can.

  • Try ripping foil into a thin strip that can be woven into a basket.

  • How can you create the tallest and thinnest freestanding structure?

  • Make a musical instrument made of foil.

  • Using only foil, how can you deliver water from one side of the table to the other side?

  • Can you think of a way to use foil to convey a message without talking to someone across the room?

  • Take a 12” x 12” piece of foil and create an animal you might find on an alien planet.

  • Using a 12” x 12” piece of foil, create a work of art.

  • Make a small monument to a famous person using only foil.

  • Use foil and markers to create a game board when there are different levels a token may travel.

  • Time to create a new hat. How can foil be used to do that?

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Foil

Making with Straws!

Here are some engineering challenges for you to try using straws. straw-e1502471008188.jpg

Making with straws:

  • Make a track for a Pit ball to cross.

  • Test Truss designs.

  • Weave straws together into a sturdy structure.

  • How many different ways can you attach straws together?

  • Can you use straws to move a puppet?

  • Try making an assortment of jewelry that includes necklaces and rings out of straws.

  • Create a bridge made of straws that spans from one edge of a box to the other.

  • Build the tallest structure that you can make using only straws.

  • Make a vehicle that can travel more than 6 feet using straws and one other type of material.

  • Build a transport vehicle.

  • How can you create a device to transport straws from one pile to another?

  • Create a presentation that use straws to provide sound effects during your presentation.

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