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B-29 Frozen in Time
In "Arctic Engineering," students follow problem-solving techniques used by scientists in the program and generate strategies for improving upon the scientists' solutions. Grades 6-8.

Battle of the X-Planes
In "Backpack Challenge," students design a backpack that meets multiple needs. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Building Big: Bridges
Find a collection of 10 activities -- including paper bridge, geodesic dome, and newspaper tower -- designed to introduce students to the basic physical science of large structures. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Building Big: Dams
Find a collection of 10 activities -- including paper bridge, geodesic dome, and newspaper tower -- designed to introduce students to the basic physical science of large structures. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Building Big: Domes
Find a collection of 10 activities -- including paper bridge, geodesic dome, and newspaper tower -- designed to introduce students to the basic physical science of large structures. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Building Big: Skyscrapers
Find a collection of 10 activities -- including paper bridge, geodesic dome, and newspaper tower -- designed to introduce students to the basic physical science of large structures. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Building Big: Tunnels
Find a collection of 10 activities -- including paper bridge, geodesic dome, and newspaper tower -- designed to introduce students to the basic physical science of large structures. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Building on Ground Zero
In "Learning from Disasters," students research safety feature and building code changes that were recommended in response to major disasters, including fire, hurricanes, and terrorist acts. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Car of the Future
In "Your City's Car of the Future" student teams research and develop a proposal to decrease the carbon footprint of their city's public transportation system through the use of various new technologies and/or alternative fuels. Grades 6-8, 9-12

Daredevils of the Sky
In "Daredevils of the Classroom," students design and experiment with the size, shape, angle of the wings, rudder position, and weight of a paper airplane. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Daring Flight, A
In "BlÈriot's Inventions," students analyze the evolution of designs that led up to the invention of the BlÈriot XI, the first plane to cross the English Channel. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Day the Earth Shook, The
In "Shake, Rattle, and Roll," students explore structural engineering through three design challenges. Grades 6-8.

Fireworks!
In "History of Fireworks," students create timelines that trace the evolution of various aspects of fireworks from their invention to today. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Flood!
In "Overflowing the Banks," students construct a model of a river system with levees to investigate how floodwalls can cause flooding in smaller tributaries. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Great Escape
In "The Great Escape Challenge," students invent a way to deliver a note across a fixed distance. Grades 6-8.

Great Robot Race, The
In "Off to the Rubber Band Races," students design, build, and test a rubber band-powered car. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Killer Quake!
In "House of Cards," students gain experience with the concepts involved in constructing an earthquake-proof building. Grades 6-8.

Lost on Everest
In "Keeping Warm," students test how effectively common clothing fabrics insulate against cold and consider the technological design of different fabrics. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Mammoths of the Ice Age
In "Surviving on Planet Niwrad," students consider the challenges they might face on a new planet, ways they might need to adapt, and what technology they might need to design for survival. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

MARS Dead or Alive
In "Slowing Things Down," students investigate three variables affecting a parachute's rate of descent and then design a parachute that will descend as slowly as possible. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Missing in MiG Alley
In "Changing the Face of War," students research the technological advances, tactical strategies, and roles aircraft have played in the United States' five major international conflicts of the 20th century. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Perfect Pearl, The
In "Pearls of Wisdom," students consider political, economic, and technological solutions for challenges faced by pearl farmers. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Real Jurassic Park, The
In "Interplanetary Colonization Corporation," students consider the ethics of applying revolutionary scientific technologies. Grades 6-8.

Roller Coaster!
In "Humpty Dumpty Revisited?" students consider the principles involved in choosing materials for and designing an egg bunjee-jump. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Saved By the Sun
In "Got Sun? Get Cooking!" students follow a seven-step invention process to design, build, and test a solar cooker that will pasteurize water. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Colosseum
In "Reel Distances," students discover how to use pulleys to change the direction of force. Grades 6-8.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Inca
In "Hang in There!," students model suspension bridges by construction cables out of newspaper and testing their strength. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- China Bridge
In "Tasty Arch," students build a sugar wafer arch that supports itself with no mortar. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Roman Bath
In "Tasty Arch," students build a sugar wafer arch that supports itself with no mortar. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Secrets of Making Money
In "Bucking Trends," students design paper currency to investigate properties of different kinds of materials. Grades 6-8.

Secrets of the Parthenon
In "A Monumental Puzzle," use a viewing guide while watching the program about the reconstruction of the Parthenon and discuss answers to questions related to the monument after watching. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Secrets of the Samurai Sword
In "Mixed-Up Metals" students explore the characteristics of metals and produce a series of posters on different alloys, outlining their properties and how they are used. Grades 6-8.

Shark Attack!
In "Shark Dodging," students use knowledge of shark behavior to design a solution to help surfers avoid being attacked. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Sinking City of Venice
In "Water Logged," students track problems and proposed solutions to Venice's floodwater problems in order to better understand the complexity of resolving the city's increasing flood troubles. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Sinking the Supership
In "Battleship Yamato," students use a viewing guide while watching a program about the Battleship Yamato and discuss answers to their questions after watching. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Space Shuttle Disaster
In "U.S. Space Exploration Time Line" research the progression of U.S. manned space exploration and learn the causes of the Challenger and Columbia shuttle accidents. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Spies That Fly
In "Small, Smaller, Smallest," students downsize an aircraft to understand some of the challenges associated with building extremely small vehicles. Grades 6-8.

Super Bridge
In "Super Bridge," students explore compression, tension, and torsion by constructing a spaghetti bridge tower that will hold a coffee can tower and cardboard roadbed. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Supersonic Spies
In "Race to be First," students interpret incomplete information to build a simple wheel-and-axle machine. Grades 6-8.

The Big Energy Gamble
In "Your Energy Audit," students conduct an energy audit to determine how much carbon dioxide their family is releasing into the atmosphere and then make recommendations for minimizing their family's carbon footprint. Grades 6-8.

The Spy Factory
In "National Security vs. Individual Rights," students consider the tradeoffs between fortifying national security and maintaining civil liberties. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Top Gun Over Moscow
In "Paper Warriors of Flight," students design paper airplanes to meet different flying objectives. Grades 6-8.

Underwater Dream Machine
In "Build Your Own Submarine," students prepare a diving tank and a submarine and make the submarine neutrally buoyant in the tank. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Voyage of Doom
In "Build a Cofferdam," students design and construct a simple cofferdam and consider the advantages and disadvantages of modeling. Grades 6-8.

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine
In "What's Wing Warping?," students test the effects of wing warping by manipulating the leading and trailing edges on the wings of a paper airplane. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

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