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Flight: Aeronautical Engineering

Airplanes are big and heavy, so how do they fly? Did you know that air itself helps keep big planes up in the sky? While big planes have engines that help them travel long distances, the same forces that keep them in the air are at work in paper airplanes. Build a paper airplane and test the principles of flight!

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  • Build several paper airplanes and make modifications to each of them. Test each version – which ones fly better? Which ones have trouble? Can you figure out what makes a plane fly well and what makes a plane crash?

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  • Are there other possibilities for paper airplane shapes? Maybe a hoop or a circular glider? Some people have even made planes using straws. Get creative with tape or paper clips to add weight to different areas of the plane. You can even make a trick plane that will loop-the-loop! What is the craziest plane you can make that will still fly?

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Roads & Trains: Civil Engineering

Ever wonder who designs roads, trains, dams, bridges and tunnels? Civil engineers do! There are lots of opportunities for civil engineers from, designing train engines to mapping country roads. Any structure that is built for humans by humans is a feat of civil engineering. They plan, they build, they maintain and they demolish!

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Animals as Engineers

Humans aren't the only engineers! Birds, chimpanzees, beavers, termites, and many others make some impressive structures.

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Construction: Civil Engineering

Buildings come in all shapes and sizes. Who designs them? How are they built? What materials are best to use? Learn how architects, structural engineers, construction workers, and others turn an idea into a house, a bridge, a skyscraper, or even a restaurant shaped like a chicken!

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Simple Machines: Mechanical Engineering

Simple machines exist to make tasks that we perform everyday easier to do. There are six simple machines- lever, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge, pulley, and screw. Simple machines are everywhere from the playground slide to the lid on a jar of peanut butter. These resources and activities let you dig deeper into the world of simple machines.

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  • Painting with Wheels
    • You will need: paper, foam rollers, toy cars, paint, paper plates, a ramp, a drop cloth or a shower curtain. How it works: put small amounts of paint on paper plates. Encourage your child to try painting with rollers and talk about how the roller uses a wheel. Tape some paper on a ramp and ask your child to dip the wheels of the toy vehicles in paint, and roll them down the ramp to create a work of art!
    • Simple Machines Printable PDF  
     

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  • Simple Machine Walk
    • With your child, read one of the books or explore one of the websites about simple machines. Then, take a walk around your neighborhood and bring a notebook or camera! As you walk, have your child identify different simple machines or observe machines or tools that use different simple machines. Encourage your child to take pictures of these examples or draw a picture to make a catalog. Which simple machine is most commonly used? When you return home, look around for any simple machines you and your child use in the house. Could you live without them? How would you manage?
     

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  • Make a Catapult
    • Follow the directions on this webpage and make your own catapult. Launch ping pong balls or marshmallows!
     

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