Creative Building Projects
   

 Assorted Applied Technology Projects   - Egyptian water clock, catapults, towers, 
bridges, boats, cars, ramps, burglar alarm, hoists, and lifts from Mr. Gray

   
http://www.members.shaw.ca/applytech/at/design.htm

Bridges - PBS "Build A Bridge" - learn about different types of bridges - interactive -
             
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/build-bridge-p1.html

     Building Big - Bridge Design and Large Structures - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/  
     Super Bridge - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/2416_bridge.html
     How Bridges Work - http://science.howstuffworks.com/engineering/civil/bridge.htm
     ABCD Bridge Design Tips - http://web.archive.org/web/20090106203613/http://abcdpittsburgh.org/kids/kids.htm
     Balsawood Bridge -
http://best.me.berkeley.edu/~aagogino/IU/mdrules/balsawood.html
     Bridge Design Contest - https://bridgecontest.org/resources/file-folder-bridges/

     BridgeBuilding Using Toothpicks
       http://www.ehow.com/list_7474300_tips-building-bridges-toothpicks.html
       YouTube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNdH5elPzFk
       http://www.pisymphony.com/toothpick/toothpick1.htm
  
    http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/bridge/building.html
      Toothpick bridge designs - http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/print_project_1543_148
      Tips for bridge designs - http://web.mnstate.edu/bridge/Bridge_Tips.htm

     Bridge Construction -
http://www.swe.org/iac/LP/bridge_01b.html
     Suspension Bridge Construction - http://www.swe.org/iac/LP/bridge_01.html
                                      http://www.swe.org/iac/LP/bridge_02.html
     Background info - http://www.swe.org/iac/LP/bridge_03.html

     Pasta Bridges and Tower -
       http://jhu.edu/~virtlab/spaghetti-bridge/
       http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_4557074_build-spaghetti-bridge.html
       http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_8343795_instructions-build-pasta-bridge.html
       http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_6584512_make-pasta-bridges.html
       http://www.nc4h.org/uploads/documents/professionals/greenlight/afterschool/Pasta_Bridges.pdf

      Tips http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Spaghetti-Bridge

              Straw Bridges -
                  http://www.teachengineering.org/documents/cub_brid_lesson01_activity2_draft13_tedl_dwc2.pdf

                  http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/strawbridge.html
                  http://www.msichicago.org/online-science/activities/activity-detail/activities/straw-bridges-1/
                  video http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/phy03.sci.phys.mfe.zstrawbridge/
                  http://www.cteonline.org/portal/default/Curriculum/Viewer/Curriculum?action=2&cmobjid=197387 

Roller Coasters - Internet interactive design a roller coaster - http://www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics/coaster/     
             
Amusement Park Physics - the theory behind the ride - http://www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics/   
             
The Ultimate Roller Coaster Contest -
                http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/the-ultimate-roller-coaster-contest.cfm
               How Roller Coasters Work -
http://science.howstuffworks.com/roller-coaster.htm
               Roller coaster applet -
http://www.funderstanding.com/k12/coaster/
               Design a Roller Coaster - http://www.wikihow.com/Design-a-Roller-Coaster-Model
               Build A Roller Coaster Online - http://www.sci-quest.org/home/just_for_kids/coaster.phtml 

               Roller Coaster activities online - http://www.udel.edu/sine/students/coasters/
               Make an online roller coaster - https://sci-quest.org/sites/all/themes/sciquest/sq_web_coaster_1_0.htm

                                         

Castles - Build a Medieval Castle - http://www.yourchildlearns.com/castle.htm
   
      Disney Cinderella Castle - http://family.disney.com/crafts/cinderella-dresser-top-castle
          Castle Builder - http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/castle_builder/
          Paper Castle - http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/paper-castles.htm
          Miniature paper castle - http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-paper-miniature-castle/
          Model castle - http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Model-Castle
          How To Build a Castle - http://www.stormthecastle.com/paper-castle/make-a-cardboard-castle.htm

          Simple Cardboard Box Castle - http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/Boxcastle.shtml
         

Catapults -  Plans for catapults with varying levels of difficulty - http://icatapults.freeservers.com/plans.htm  
             Catapults - http://www.knightforhire.com/catapult.htm
             Discovery Education - catapults
                
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/motion-forces-energy-and-electricity.cfm
             Easy Catapult - http://spaghettiboxkids.com/blog/easy-to-make-catapult/
             Popsicle Sticks - http://www.stormthecastle.com/catapult/popsiclestick-catapult.htm
             Historical Catapults - https://sites.google.com/site/physicsofcatapults/home/history-of-catapults
               

                http://www.asme.org/groups/educational-resources/integrated-design-engineering-activity-series/historical-catapults
             How Does a Catapult Work? plus links http://www.howstuffworks.com/question127.htm

               Catapults - http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid=21632
                
             Marshmallow/Grape Catapults - http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Basic-Catapult
                                             http://www.housingaforest.com/clothespin-catapults/

             Desktop Catapult - http://thescienceexplorer.com/technology/how-build-desktop-catapult

Egg Drop -  http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/eggdrop.html
             http://best.me.berkeley.edu/~aagogino/IU/mdrules/eggjunior.html
             http://www.amnh.org/rose/mars/eggdrop.html
             http://college.cengage.com/education/pbl/project/project3.html
             http://coe.uncc.edu/~jmconrad/hsed/meeg_3s9.pdf
             http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/rmyers/explore/Egg%20Drop%20Contest.pdf
             http://sciencespot.net/Media/clubnkegg.pdf
             
http://jm043.k12.sd.us/great_egg_drop.htm

Houses - History - http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/architecture/houses.htm
                     http://www.warrinerprimaries.com/Topic/houseshomes.htm
          Japanese Houses - http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/virtual/house/house01.html
          How to Build - http://www.contractor.edu/buildhouselp/buildhouselp.html
          Types - http://www.hsv.k12.al.us/schools/art/dixon/architecture.htm
                   http://www.proteacher.com/090086.shtml
                   http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/what-should-house-do
          Earthquake-Proof Homes -
            
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/constructing-earthquake-proof-buildings.cfm
      
Paper Structures - http://www.swe.org/iac/LP/paperstruct_01.html
                    http://www.swe.org/iac/LP/paperstruct_02.html
                    http://www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=52799
                    http://pbskids.org/zoom/printables/activities/pdfs/newspapertower.pdf
                                       
           Bridges -
http://www.exploratorium.edu/structures/paperbridges.html

                     http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/educator/act_paper_ei.html
                     http://scienceprojectideasforkids.com/2010/make-paper-bridges/
                     http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3050
                     http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/paper-bridges/
                     http://npass2.edc.org/sites/npass2.edc.org/files/Paper%20Bridges%20Sample.pdf

           Various -
http://www.ss42.com/pt-buildings.html

Pulley Systems - 

Sail Cars -    http://best.me.berkeley.edu/~aagogino/IU/mdrules/sailsenior.html
               Puff-Mobiles - http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/puffmobileii.html
               http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ScienceMDPuffMobile-WindPower48.htm
               
http://www.scienceteacherprogram.org/genscience/Landau2006.html

Solar CollectorsBuild a Solar Collector -
                      http://www.asme.org/groups/educational-resources/integrated-design-engineering-activity-series/solar-collector
                   Sun Jars - http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-made-Sun-Jar/
                   Cardboard and rubber tubing -
http://www.solarquest.com/schoolhouse/Task.asp?id=1071
                   Pizza Box solar oven - http://www.nmsea.org/Curriculum/4_6/pizza_box_oven/pizza_box_ovens.htm   
                   Solar Dehydrator - http://www.jrwhipple.com/sr/soldehydrate.html
                   Solar Hot Dog Cooker - http://www.thesolarco.com/solar-science-projects-for-kids/
                                           http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/solardogs.html
                   Solar Hot Box - http://www.reachoutmichigan.org/funexperiments/quick/eric/hotbox.html

                              Mini Solar Car - http://www.xof1.com/buildMiniSolarCar.php (requires small motor and solar cells)

Toothpick Projects - http://www.toothpickdesign.com/sciencefair.htm
                     http://www.usd116.org/ums/projects/sciencenet/resources.html#toothpick
                     http://www.usd116.org/ums/projects/sciencenet/projects/ttower.html

                        
       http://web.pccs.k12.mi.us/central_showcase/photostb.htm
                     http://kidshaus.typepad.com/kidshaus/2008/03/project-toothpi.html
                     http://www.scienceproject.com/projects/intro/intermediate/IP017.asp
                     http://danbecker.info/other/ToothpickTreb/ToothpickTreb.html
                     http://www.asme.org/groups/educational-resources/integrated-design-engineering-activity-series/toothpick-bridges-and-other-structures

Water Craft -  Buoyancy -
                     http://www.asme.org/groups/educational-resources/integrated-design-engineering-activity-series/buoyant-vehicles
                     http://www.reekoscience.com/Experiments/Floatation.aspx
                     http://www.reekoscience.com/Experiments/SinkingPenCap.aspx
                     http://www.swe.org/iac/LP/deep_01.html

                 Wild Watercraft -

                      http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/junkyard-wars-wild-watercraft.cfm

Wind Powered Machines - Alternative Energy -
                            http://www.asme.org/groups/educational-resources/integrated-design-engineering-activity-series/alternative-energy---wind-powered-machines

                                                               http://www.asme.org/Education/PreCollege/TeacherResources/Alternative_Energy_Wind.cfm                 
                    

           Simple Wind-powered projects - http://www.smm.org/sln/vollis/trythese/trythese.html

           Wind Tunnels - http://www.swe.org/iac/LP/wind_01.html


Lesson Plans for Teachers:

Amusement Parks and Playground Physics -
   http://www.asme.org/groups/educational-resources/integrated-design-engineering-activity-series/amusement-parks-and-playground-physics

   http://www.asme.org/groups/educational-resources/engineers-solve-problems/activity-4---the-amusement-park-roller-coaster

BBC DIY Make Your Catapult - http://www.open.edu/openlearn/files/ole/open2files/catapult_download.pdf
http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/science/physics-and-astronomy/physics/diy-science-catapult

Design Challenge Projects
    http://www.thetech.org/educator-resources/design-challenge-lessons

Egg Drop Competition Rules from MESA Day
   http://mesa.ucop.edu/mesa_day/EggXpress_MS_0607.pdf
   Another Egg Drop Contest - 
    
http://web.archive.org/web/20041011105653/http://staff.esuhsd.org/~dimasd/ap_physics/egg.html

Various lessons from Tufts Robolab @ CEEO
   http://www.ceeo.tufts.edu/robolabatceeo/K12/

Roller Coaster Webquest
   http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/webquest/content/rollercoast.shtml
Roller Coaster Physics
  http://www.pen.k12.va.us/Pav/Science/Physics/book/home.html

Solar Heating Vocabulary and Lessons
  http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/lessonplans/default.aspx
  http://www.eere.energy.gov/topics/solar.html
  Solar Energy and You

So You Want to Build A Roller Coaster Webquest
   http://webinstituteforteachers.org/~nhijaz/webquest/teacherguide.htm

Various projects from MESA - http://mesa.eng.uci.edu/rules-ES.html
                                  http://mesa.eng.uci.edu/rules-MS.html

Various projects from NC 4-H -http://www.nc4h.org/professionals/greenlight/engineering-activities-for-middle-school-youth

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and was last updated March 29,
2016

 

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