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Engineering Design Challenge: Bear Chair

Age of children

  • All ages, including adult learners


For each team: A small bear, doll, or other toy that can easily bend and sit on its’ bottom, approximately 6″ tall.

Building materials:

  • Craft sticks or other craft supplies
  • Cardboard or other recyclables
  • Miscellaneous household or classroom items
  • Tape
  • Binder Clips or paper clips
  • Pipe Cleaners or yarn

Optionally, you can build chairs using materials that self-connect (e.g., LEGO, K’nex, etc.).


  • 30-60 minutes

Allow time for design, building, testing, and iteration.


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