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STEM Activity Modules

Our faculty and students have developed engineering activities that can be run as classroom presentations or hosted at a table as a STEM Day station.  Use the menu below to learn more about each available activity. If you have a topic of interest for your students and don't see an activity listed, please feel free to reach out, and we'll see what we can put together.

STEM Activity Suggested Grades Presentation Activity Station
Amazing Egg Drop 4-8   
Articulated Grabbers 4-8 X X
Binary Bead Bracelets 4-8 X X
Bridge Building K-8 X  
Catapult Challenge 4-8 X X
Engineering Design Process K-8 X X
Illuminating Artwork 4-8  X  
Mini Straw Rockets 4-8 X X

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A child holds an egg drop contraption over a railing

Amazing Egg Drop

Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
Suggested Grades: 4th-8th
Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

Summary: Students explore simple machines while following instructions to build their very own articulated grabbers from cardboard and paint stir-sticks.  

cardboard grabber

Articulated Grabbers

Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
Suggested Grades: 4th-8th
Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

Summary: Students explore simple machines while following instructions to build their very own articulated grabbers from cardboard and paint stir-sticks.  

a bead bracelet

Binary Bead Bracelets

Discipline: Computer Science
Suggested Grades: 4th-8th
Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

Summary: Students learn about bits and binary code used for computers to communicate. They then translate their initials into binary code and use bead colors to represent each bit to create bracelets. 

bridge designs

Bridge Building

Discipline: Civil Engineering
Suggested Grades: K-8th
Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation 

Summary: Students explore structural engineering as they research, design, and build bridge structures to withstand the most weight possible.

 

catapult challenge

Catapult Challenge

Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
Suggested Grades: 4th-8th
Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

Summary: Students explore simple machines and physics through experimenting with, designing, and building catapults from everyday objects. A final competition assesses catapult strength and accuracy.

 

sketch of tower design

Engineering Design Process

Discipline: Civil Engineering, General Engineering
Suggested Grades: K-8th
Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

Summary: This activity uses a typical STEM activity to introduce students to the Engineering Design Process: designing and constructing towers made of uncooked spaghetti noodles and marshmallows.

artwork of a fish

Illuminating Artwork

Discipline: Electrical Engineering
Suggested Grades: 4th-8th
Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation or Activity Station

Summary: Students learn the basics of electricity and circuits, and then apply this new-found knowledge to create illuminated artwork using copper tape, LEDs, and batteries. Students learn about conductors, basics of electricity, and different types of circuits.

 

straw rocket

Mini Straw Rockets

Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
Suggested Grades: 4th-8th
Activity Type(s): Classroom Presentation , Activity Station, or At Home Activity

Summary: Students learn the basics of energy and momentum as they design and test a miniature straw rocket design that can fly the furthest, staraightest, and most accurate  path possible.