Egg Bungee Drop

Egg Bungee Drop

Zip your egg in a clear pouch and see if it can survive a wild ride. if it can’t, use trial-and-error to make adjustments—and try, try again! HINT: You can substitute a hard-boiled egg to cut down on mess. Speaking of mess, the ziplock bag could burst, so you might want to conduct your experiment over a tarp or outside.
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Tilt Sensor

Tilt Sensor

From Bots!

Make a simple tilt sensor with LED lights that indicate which way it's leaning.

Draw Your Own Cartoon

Draw Your Own Cartoon

From Crazy Contraptions

Start your creative juices flowing by drawing your own cartoon.

Design a Space Robot

Design a Space Robot

From Robotics!

Think of what planet you would like to explore and design a robot based on the planet you chose.

Design a Poll

Design a Poll

From Big Data

Often, data is collected using a poll or survey. A poll or survey asks questions about people’s opinion on a topic. In this activity, you will design and conduct your own poll.



Children's Literature Review
“The building of bridges and tunnels is a fascinating feat for engineers. Teachers and parents will enjoy sharing and learning with this handy tool that will inspire any math or science student.”

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
“A wonderful addition to a physics curriculum, for unit studies, or delight-directed learning. It would also be a fun enrichment book for a co-op or small homeschool group. If you want to explore famous bridges and tunnels, engineering, science, physics, and history, Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering is a great resource.”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“A treasure trove of information, experiments, and building challenges, and is an excellent, exciting, and easy way to incorporate STEM education into your classroom, science fair, or after school engineering club.”

Erin Slayton, K–12 Outreach Chair, American Society of Civil Engineers
“Bridges and Tunnels provides an interesting overview of the world of Civil Engineering from the perspective of these two fascinating types of structures. Kids will find the activities in the book challenging and engaging, all the while reinforcing the learning objectives. Civil Engineering is an exciting profession, and Bridges and Tunnels presents it to kids in a way that is fun and approachable.”

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Detailed Book Description

Bridges and tunnels are lifelines. People have tackled seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including vast canyons and mountain ranges, to design and construct these amazing passageways. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind structures our world depends on.

Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements. Activities and projects encourage children to learn about the engineering process and to embrace trial and error. Children will engage in a hands-on exploration of Newton's Third Law of Motion and of forces that push and pull on structures. They'll make an egg bungee jump and a soda pop can engine. They'll experiment with a triangular toothpick dome, liquefaction, and corrosion. In Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering, children will explore their own engineering and building skills as they create several bridge models.

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Paperback, $15.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology



Chapter 1
Engineering and Thinking Big

Chapter 2
Building Big: The Physics of Bridges

Chapter 3
Amazing Bridges

Chapter 4
Disaster! When Bridges Collapse

Chapter 5
Building Big: The Physics of Tunnels

Chapter 6
Amazing Tunnels

Chapter 7
Tunnel Disasters