Elementary

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Is It Square?

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See three techniques for determining whether a rectangle truly has square corners. Learn more about construction technologies in this animation from Design Squad Nation.

Design Squad: Sound

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Learn about the fundamentals of sound as student teams create percussive and stringed instruments for a local band, in this video segment adapted from DESIGN SQUAD—a PBS TV series featuring high school contestants tackling engineering challenges. In the process, the teams learn about the physics of sound and music and then apply this knowledge to the construction of their own instruments. Watch to find out which instruments the band finds worthy of debuting in their next live show.

Soft Landing Challenge

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Cars use airbags. Packages use airbags. Why shouldn't eggs use airbags, too? Kids model NASA's airbag landing system in this activity from Design Squad Nation. They design and build protective covers made of balloons to protect an egg dropped from a height of three feet. Their systems model the airbag landing systems used by three NASA Mars missions. The kids use the engineering design process, apply a variety of science concepts, and learn about NASA's exploration of the solar system. This resource is useful for introducing components of Engineering Design (ETS) from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to students in Grades 3-8.

Victoria Garcia: Aerospace Engineer

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Victoria Garcia is an aerospace engineer at NASA's Virtual Environments Lab in Huntsville, Alabama. In this video from Design Squad Nation, she demonstrates how she uses virtual-reality tools to design an effective deep-space habitat. Victoria, who is deaf, also talks about how she doesn't consider being deaf a barrier in her work.

Allison Bolinger: Spacewalk Flight Controller and Trainer

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NASA spacewalk flight controller and trainer Allison Bolinger teaches astronauts how to work outside their spacecraft in this video from Design Squad Nation. As a spacewalk flight controller and trainer at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Allison Bolinger teaches astronauts how to work outside their spacecraft. In this video from Design Squad Nation, Allison describes how she helps astronauts prepare for work on the International Space Station, such as using tools and maneuvering in weightlessness, things that are especially hard to do when wearing a bulky spacesuit.

Snowboards - Chris Fidler and Scott Keller

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Burton snowboard gurus, Scott Keller and Chris Fidler, explain how they design bindings that really click and boards that excel on any snowy terrain. It's a process of ups and down, leaps and landings as the Burton boys carve up the slopes. Learn more with this video from Design Squad Nation.

Package Design - Jennifer Chua

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Jennifer Chua is a 25-year-old packaging engineer who works at Method, a company in San Francisco that specializes in nontoxic, biodegradable products. Jennifer makes high-quality products that are both good-looking and good for the environment. Learn more in this video from Design Squad Nation.

Mecha-Sculpture - Greg Jones

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Greg Jones applies his mechanical engineering skills to a broad range of artistic endeavors. Learn more about what engineering is in this video including a description of his experience designing a replica of a 40-foot Spanish galleon to be built over a school bus from Design Squad Nation.

Racecar - Sarah Grenier

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Sarah Grenier used her machining skills to transform her beat-up VW Rabbit into a hillclimb racer...and races it herself. Learn more about what engineering is and how it became her passion in this video including a description of her experiences with robotics and racing from Design Squad Nation.

Buoyancy

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Discover how a  blimp floats, in this video from Design Squad Nation.

What Are the Parts of a Sailboat?

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See how the different parts of a sailboat work together to move and steer the boat. Learn more about forces between objects in this animation of a real world application from Design Squad Nation.

Ice Cream - Pete Gosselin

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Working with the innovative ice cream recipes of Ben & Jerry's food scientists, mechanical engineer Pete Gosselin creates specialized machinery to produce the perfect balance of Chunky and Monkey. Learn more about what engineering is in this video from Design Squad Nation.

NERF Toys - Amanda Bligh

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Amanda Bligh demonstrates how mechanical engineering can be playing when you're designing toys. Learn more about what engineering is in this video including a description of her experience trying to improve NERF blasters from Design Squad Nation.

How Do Cement and Concrete Differ?

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See the different compositions of cement and concrete. Learn more about the components of two common construction materials in this animation from Design Squad Nation.

Go-Karts - Arie and Griffen Ouimet

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Arie and Griffen Ouimet, twin teenage brothers, race go-karts at the SSC East racetrack in Braintree, Massachusetts. Arie prefers to be behind the wheel, while Griffen puts his engineering skills to work in the pits. The brothers are mentored by Dave Davidson, a mechanical engineer who developed the Freedom Wheel, a go-kart steering wheel that works without foot controls. Learn more in this video from Design Squad Nation

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