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Alan Locke

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Alan Locke

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.
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How can we build a structure that protects toy people from 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.
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Innovating with Form and Function

Screen shot from Solutioneers Episode 2

The Solutioneers Week 2: Ready to Roll

This week's episodes and hands-on activity explore re-engineering.
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The Solutioneers Week 2: Ready to Roll

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.
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How can I make a bottle rocket?

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.
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How can I build a rollercoaster?

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

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!
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How can a person walk through a sheet of paper?

Water falling on plants

Design & Build an Irrigation System

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a simple irrigation system that transports water to at least two plants from one source without leaking.
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Design & Build an Irrigation System

Dandelion seeds floating in the wind

Design & Build a Travelling Seed

Students will work collaboratively to design and build models of seeds that can travel as far as possible.
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Design & Build a Travelling Seed

Wooden toy train

Design & Build a Toy that Moves

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a toy that is moved using forces applied by magnets.
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Design & Build a Toy that Moves

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.
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Design & Build a Seed Sorter

Hand holding oak tree seeds

Design & Build a Seed Saver

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a structure that will protect a seed from the elements.
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Design & Build a Seed Saver

Rattle drum

Design & Build a Musical Instrument

Students will use their predicting skills to design and build a musical instrument that is able to change sounds.
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Design & Build a Musical Instrument

Marble run prototype

Design & Build a Marble Run

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a marble run that meets specific criteria.
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Design & Build a Marble Run