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In this hands-on engineering design challenge, patrons learn about physics, gravity, and engineering by constructing a crane with common materials! 

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Add a Tech Twist Optional: Try using a digital scale to measure out your loads!
Hints for uses in your library Remind patrons to utilize the engineering deisgn process. Failure is OK!

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Crank it up with a handle. Modify your take-up reel by adding a hand crank. A crane can work with or without a crank. Having a hand crank might be useful and make it easier to turn the rod.

Expand the cable. Try picking up a load from the floor as your crane sits on a tabletop.
Related Links How Does a Crane Work
How Tower Cranes Work
Originating Source PBS Design Squad
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These children’s books all deal with various themes involved in engineering such as the engineering design process, specific projects such as building bridges or houses, and perseverance through failure.

• Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
• Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
• Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
• This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers
• Cross a Bridge by Ryan Ann Hunter
• What To Do With an Idea? By Kobi Yamada
• Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
• Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
• The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
• The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
• How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons

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Heavy Lifting

Heavy Lifting

In this hands-on engineering design challenge, patrons learn about physics, gravity, and engineering by constructing a crane with common materials!