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Building a Grape Smasher

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


Age of children

  • Can be adapted for elementary through high school ages


Supplies that could aid in the construction of a simple machine – such as:

  • Cardboard
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Dowels
  • Binder clips
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Sand/Rocks/Beans for counterweight weights with plastic bags
  • Paper and Pencils for designing


  • 1 hour

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