Learning Activities

Use these engaging hands-on activities and resources to help youth develop an engineering mindset.


Novel Engineering

Use storybooks and non-fiction texts as contexts for engineering design challenges.

Students gather supplies

Building a Grape Smasher

Work in a team to design a machine from simple supplies that can smash a grape.

Youth working on a STEM activity

Building for the Big One

Design a structure that can withstand the shaking of an earthquake and work as a team of scientists and engineers.

Girl holding a designed container for an egg

Egg Drop Activity

Use the engineering design process to design and build a package that will keep an egg from breaking.

Wind Tunnel

Use the engineering design process to design, test and redesign aerodynamic contraptions in a wind tunnel.

Make Your Own Water Filter

Practice using the engineering design process to design, build and test a water filter.

Design a Roller Coaster

Use your engineering skills to design and create a “loop-de-loop“ roller coaster that will take a marble for a ride.

Engineering Design Challenge: Bear Chair

Apply the engineering design process as you design a chair for a favorite stuffed animal or toy.

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