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  Activity Planning Grid: If you have 1 hour...
Activity Planning Grid | 1 or 2 Hours | 3 Meetings | 6 Meetings  

Illustration: skyscraper in a yellow circle. Path 1: Skyscraper Focus 
1. Get kids exploring materials and thinking about creative solutions with Newspaper Tower.  
Building Small: Skyscrapers shows one family meeting this challenge.  
2. Introduce force, compression and load with the Hands-On Glossary mini-activities 
OR 
Try the Loads Lab.  
3. Finish by having kids apply what they've learned with Skyscraper Building Challenge  
OR 
Try the Interactive Skyscraper Challenge. 
If you have 2 hours, you could also...
...have kids explore a structural feature of skyscrapers with Columns. 
...engage kids in the engineering design process with Who Builds Big?. 

Illustration: suspension bridge in a yellow circle. Path 2: Bridge Focus 
1. Get kids thinking about shapes in structures with Straw Shapes. 
OR 
Try the Shapes Lab.  
2. Introduce force, load, compression, and tension with the Hands-On Glossary mini-activities.  
OR 
Try the Forces Lab. 
3. Have kids apply what they've learned with Paper Bridges 
If you have 2 hours, you could also... 
...have kids explore cables, a structural feature of many bridges, with Hang in There. 
...give kids a hands-on feel for the forces at work in suspension bridges with Suspension Bridge. 
...show 'Brooklyn Bridge' or 'Golden Gate' from the Bridges program to set the stage. 

Illustration: Hammer pounding nail in a yellow circle. Path 3: Materials Focus 
1. Introduce force, compression, tension, and torsion with the Hands-On Glossary mini-activities.  
OR 
Try the Forces Lab.  
2. Get kids comparing different materials' strength with Tug-Push-Twist-O'War. 
OR 
Try the Materials Lab. 
3. Have kids explore how to make a material stronger with Paper Bridge. 
If you have 2 hours, you could also... 
...engage kids in the engineering design process with Who Builds Big? 
...have kids apply what they've learned with Bridge Building Challenge or the Skyscraper Building Challenge.  

The Educator Ideas pages suggest video segments that support each hands-activity.  

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