We hope that your school year is going as smooth as it possibly can. Engineering Camp Charlotte wants to help by providing some of our most popular summer camp activities to our valued teachers! You’ll find that each activity has a worksheet to guide students through the engineering design process, a worksheet to draft out their designs on, and tips for educators. We understand that you all may not be in your classrooms at this moment – but are hoping that some of these activities might ease the burden once returning to in person instruction.
Each activity, what we call an “engineering design challenge” will require students to work through the Engineering Design process. Using the Engineering Habits of Mind will also help students succeed on these activities. You can find graphics for both of these below the activity links.
Want more? We will continue to add new design challenges – so be sure to check back! We also post on engineering disciplines, real life engineering problems, profiles of engineers, and more on our blog. Do you have specific questions? Want us to come by your classroom and run one of our challenges with your students? Click here to reach out to us!
LANDFILL IN A BOX design a prototype of a new landfill system to benefit Charlotte
MARSHMALLOW CATAPULTS create a launcher which tosses a marshmallow across your classroom
Note: Math can easily be integrated by having students collect data on the distance of their launches (graphic, averages, etc.)
NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYGROUND CONSTRUCTION create a prototype of a playground for your neighborhood that can be built using recyclable materials
PUFF MOBILES create a wind powered vehicle
Note: We recommend using fans to complete this activity. Breath powered can be an option when we are in safer times to do so.
RUBE GOLDBERG CONFETTI DROP learn what a Rube Goldberg machine is while having a fun confetti drop ending
Note: Check out “OK go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg” on YouTube for a cool demonstration of what this type of machine can look like.
STRAW ROCKETS use the power of air to launch a rocket of the end of a straw
Note: Instead of using breath, try using small balloon pumps on the end of the straws for a safe burst of air.
THE AMAZEING HEX BUG create a maze for a fun little wiggly bug called a hex bug
Note: Hex bugs are a really cool addition to classrooms and can be used for so many activities. You can find them in packs of 5 for about $20 on Amazon.