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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What would you build?

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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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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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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Making with Cups

Here are some Cup engineering challenges for you to try.

Using Cups Challenges

Making with cups

Somehow cups seem to accumulate. They seem to multiply in the cupboards, in the recycle bin, on the table. If your house has recently purged them and there are not that many to build with, check out the dollar store. Get a Large package of cups, all the same size. Here are some engineering challenges for you to try. Take a picture of your project and send it to us through the Contact tab and we will post it.

  • What is the tallest tower you can create with the cups you have?

  • Build a labyrinth or a maze!

  • Build a pyramid similar in design to one of the ancient pyramids in Egypt.

  • How can you create the longest continuous strip from a single cup?

  • Cups have often been used to make sound effects. How many different sound effects can you make with the cups?

  • Create a creature using cups for moving body parts.

  • What kind of mask could you create from one cup, from two cups, from three cups, and from more cups?

  • Using only cups, build a bridge. What is the longest span you can create without needing tape to hold it together?

  • Create the longest bridge using cups and paper with 12″ of tape.

  • Imagine if the world was made up of only cups, now create a story about what would that world be like.

  • What else could you do with the cups without destroying them? Build one or more of your ideas.

  • Create a work of art using only cups. Make a presentation about what inspired the artwork that you will present to panel of art museum curators.

  • If you have lots of cups, design and build a structure that will hold you.

  • Make a device that uses a cup as a cam for gear.

  • Use cups and paint sticks to make each layer different. No cups can touch another cup, one layer can not have the same design as the one below it.

  • Create a vehicle that uses one or more cups to move across the floor.

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