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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.

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.

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.

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.

How Does a Suspension Bridge Work?

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See how the forces are distributed in a suspension bridge, with the cables in tension and the towers in compression. Learn more in this animation from Design Squad Nation.

Erick Ordoñez: Materials Engineer

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Erick Ordonez is a materials engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Erick makes sure that the materials NASA sends into space are problem-free. He also likes salsa dancing. In the video from Design Squad Nation, he talks about the connections between his work, hobbies, and approach to life.

How Does Welding Work?

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See how welding uses intense heat to melt pieces of metal together. Learn more about construction technologies in this animation from Design Squad Nation.

What Is a Mortise and a Tenon?

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See how to form a solid joint by fitting a tab-shaped tenon into a pocket (called a mortise). Learn more about construction technologies in this animation from Design Squad Nation.

How Do Torsion-Spring Hinges Work?

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By mounting torsion springs on a hinge, the effort required to open or close the hinge is reduced. Learn more about construction technologies in this animation from Design Squad Nation.

Submarine Sonar - Lt. Darrin Barber

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Electrical engineer Lt. Darrin Barber plumbs the depths of sonar technology in his work on one of the US Navy's newest and most high-tech submarines, the USS Texas. Learn more in this video from Design Squad Nation.

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