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Testing Designs

B-58 Hustler in flight

Testing for Aviation Safety

Learn about some of the ways that aircraft and spacecraft are tested.

Scale aircraft in a wind tunnel

Pre-flight Testing

Learn about some of the ways Aerospace engineers test new designs.

XB-35

Strange Shapes in the Sky: Stealth and Flying Wings

Learn about how and why engineers designed and built some very unique aircraft.

Alan Locke au travail

Alan Locke

Research Technologist

Hut on a tiny island

How can we build a structure that protects toy people from wind?

Design and build a structure that protects toy people from the wind.

Recycled bottle bird feeder

Innovating with Form and Function

Students use their understanding of form and function to design an innovative object or device.

Screen shot from Solutioneers Episode 2

The Solutioneers Week 2: Ready to Roll

This week's episodes and hands-on activity explore re-engineering.

How can I make a bottle rocket?

How can I make a bottle rocket?

Use a pop bottle and other everyday materials to create a rocket that you can launch outdoors.

How can I get a quarter through a dime sized hole?

How can I get a quarter through a dime sized hole?

Can you think like an engineer? Try to solve a tricky size and shape problem in this activity.

Marble run prototype

Design & Build a Marble Run

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a marble run that meets specific criteria.

La Grande-1 dam in Quebec

Design & Build a Dam

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a dam that holds back a given volume of water for a certain time.

Assortment of seeds

Design & Build a Seed Sorter

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a device that is able to sort seeds by size.

Sunken boat

Design & Build a Floating Device

Students work collaboratively to design and build a floating device.

How can I build a rollercoaster?

How can I build a rollercoaster?

Try your hand at building a “super coaster” using materials around your home.

How can a person walk through a sheet of paper?

How can a person walk through a sheet of paper?

In this challenge activity discover how one piece of paper can go a long way. It's time to think outside the box!