Hands-On Engineering

Beth L. Andrews, Author

Hands-On Engineering (2nd ed., grades 4–6) immerses students in the world of real-life engineers. Through engaging authentic learning experiences, students will create innovative solutions to relevant and timely design and engineering challenges while building STEM skills. This book is packed with activities that can be easily conducted in the classroom using everyday materials and includes everything teachers need to help students think analytically, assess new situations, and solve hands-on, real-world problems. From engaging in practical problem solving and collaboration to employing imagination and perseverance, students will not just learn about engineering—they will be engineers!
 
This webpage includes:
  • a list of clickable links to the online resources used in each challenge,
  • a list of additional resources you might use to extend each challenge or to focus on certain topics,
  • a list of some of the sources used to create each challenge (should you wish to use these sources as additional reading).
 
Use the list below to jump directly to a challenge:

 

Challenge 1: The Good Old-Fashioned Paper Airplane

 

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Additional Reading

  • Anderson, J. D. (2007). Fundamentals of aerodynamics (4th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  • Cohen, I. B., & Smith, G. E. (2002). The Cambridge companion to Newton. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
  • Henderson, T. (2011). The car and the wall. Retrieved from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/newtlaws/cci.cfm
  • Sobey, E. (1998). Just plane smart! Activities for kids in the air and on the ground. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

 

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Challenge 2: Hammock Among Us

 

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Challenge 3: Windmills on Your Mind?

 

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Additional Reading

  • Musial, W., & Ram, B. (2010). Large-scale offshore wind power in the United States: Technical assessment of opportunities and barriers (NREL Report No. TP-500-40745). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
  • Wind Energy Technologies Office. (2019). Who has seen the wind? Harnessing alternative energy. Retrieved from https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/history-us-wind-energy
  • World Wind Energy Association. (2006). Information. Retrieved from https://www.wwindea.org

 

 

Challenge 4: Will It Go Round in Circles?

 

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Additional Reading

  • Baber, Z. (1996). The science of empire: Scientific knowledge, civilization, and colonial rule in India. Albany: State University of New York.
  • Kemp, B. J. (1989). Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a civilization. Oxford, England: Routledge.

 

 

Challenge 5: Building Bridges

 

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  • Johmann, C. A., & Rieth, E. (1999). Bridges!: Amazing structures to design, build & test. Charlotte, VT: Williamson.
  • Whitney, C. S. (2003). Bridges of the world: Their design and construction. Mineola, NY: Dover.

 

 

Challenge 6: It's All Downhill From Here

 

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Challenge 7: Cow-a-Bungee

 

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Additional Reading

  • Milton, G. W. (2002). Theory of composites. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ugural, A. C., & Fenster, S. K. (1975). Advanced strength and applied elasticity(4th ed.). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science Ltd.



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Challenge 8: Stealthy Design

 

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Challenge 9: Whatever Floats Your Boat

 

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Challenge 10: Scrapers in the Sky

 

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Additional Reading

  • Aldrete, S. G. (2004). Daily life in the Roman city: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

 

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Challenge 11: Parachute Express

 

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Additional Reading

  • Masters, R. (1998). Fortune is a river: Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli’s magnificent dream to change the course of Florentine history. New York, NY: Penguin.
  • Rossi, P. (2001). The birth of modern science. Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell.

 
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Challenge 12: It's So Simple Machines

 

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Additional Reading

  • Andrew Rader Studios. (2006). Motion: Forces. Retrieved from http://www.physics4kids.com/files/motion_force.html
  • Asimov, I. (1988). Understanding physics. New York, NY: Hippocrene Books. 
  • Mukherjee, S. (2005). Mechanical sciences: Engineering mechanics and strength of materials. New Delhi, India: PHI Learning.
  • Rajput, R. (2005). Elements of mechanical engineering. New Delhi, India: Firewall Media.

 
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Challenge 13: Catapult to the Front of the Line

 

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Additional Reading

  • Delf, B. (2003). Greek and Roman artillery 399 BC–AD 363. Oxford, England: Osprey.

 
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Challenge 14: Be a Cooper

 

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Additional Reading

  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. (2010). A flag means it’s open: And other essential information for touring the historic area: A pocket guide. Williamsburg, VA: Author.
  • Curtin, T., & Baker, J. W. (1993). Mayflower II: Plimoth plantation. Little Compton, RI: Fort Church

 
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Challenge 15: Whirlybird Liftoff

 

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Challenge 16: Wheelbarrow Races

 

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Challenge 17: Kite for a Windy Day

 

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Challenge 18: Host a Hoist

 

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Challenge 19: Obstacle Course, of Course

 

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Challenge 20: Craft a Raft

 

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Challenge 21: CD Car

 

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Additional Reading 

  • Berger, M. L. (2001). The automobile in American history and culture: A reference guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

  
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Challenge 22: It's Getting Hot in Here

 

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Additional Reading 

  • Hassett, T. C., & Borgerson, K. L. (2009). Harnessing nature’s power: Deploying and financing on-site renewable energy. Retrieved from http://pdf.wri.org/harnessing_natures_power.pdf
  • National Association of Energy Service Companies. (2008). Resources: What is an ESCO?Retrieved from https://www.naesco.org/what-is-an-esco
  • Perlin, J. (1999). From space to Earth: The story of solar electricity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

  
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Challenge 23: The Amazing Trampoline Act

 

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Challenge 24: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

 

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Challenge 25: Breaking Down Barriers

 

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Challenge 26: World's Fair

 

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