At Home Engineering


As we all navigate remote learning, DiscoverE is building a library of hands-on activities, articles for parents and educators, and video challenges you can use to engage kids in engineering at home! 

 

At Home Engineering

  • Chats with Change Makers

    Meet engineers who are working hard to make the world a better place. Your host is Tiffany, a current ninth-grader from Austin, who chats with different guests from the engineering community. Watch on-demand!

  • Article: Tips on Distance Learning

    Learn why open-ended design challenges are so well-suited for remote learning and explore options for sharing with students at home.

  • At Home: Water Pollution Clean Up

    Healthy water is important for humans as well as for the environment. Can you design a water filter to remove pollutants?

    Grade(s):
    K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
    Topic(s):
    Green
    Discipline(s):
    Agricultural & Biological
  • At Home: Colorful Chemistry

    Red cabbage juice makes a colorful chemical indicator for acids and bases around the home.

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8, 9-12
    Discipline(s):
    Chemical
  • At Home: Build an Earthquake Resistant Structure

    Build structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows then test them on a home-made shake table.

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Structures
    Discipline(s):
    Civil
  • At Home: Tennis, Anyone?

    Create a racket that can hit a ball accurately to a partner or the target!

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Forces, Sports/ Games, Technology/Materials
    Discipline(s):
    Material Science, Industrial & Manufacturing
  • At Home: Windy City Tower

    Can you design and build a paper tower that can hold up in the wind?

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8, 9-12
    Topic(s):
    Forces, Structures
    Discipline(s):
    Civil
  • At Home: Safe Landing

    Design a lander that keeps a ball safely secure when you drop it from 1 foot or higher.

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Forces, Simple Machines, Space/Transportation
    Discipline(s):
    Aerospace, Industrial & Manufacturing, Mechanical
  • Article for Educators

    Learn why the Engineering Design Process is more important now than ever. Read the article.

  • At Home: Foil Boats

    How much weight will a piece of foil support? Turn it into a challenge!

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Forces
    Discipline(s):
    Material Science
  • At Home: Keep a Cube

    Challenge students to explore heat transfer using the engineering design process.

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Energy, Green, Technology/Materials
    Discipline(s):
    Material Science, Mechanical
  • Article for Parents

    Get great tips on doing STEM activities at home.