This classic “icebreaker” activity challenges participants to create a simple human machine. A group of at least 6 and up to 20 people work together to pass a beanbag in a set pattern as quickly as possible.
Provides extensive background information, facilitation outline, materials shopping list, extended supporting media suggestions, correlations to national standards, and more.
Provides classroom connections, key concepts, connections to science standards, and additional resources.
Playful Building Presentation
Making a World of Difference
What's an Engineer?
The Engineering Process: Crash Course Kids
What is Engineering?: Crash Course Engineering
Engineering Games: Crash Course Kids
NASA | NASA for Kids: Intro to Engineering
Civil Engineering: Crash Course Engineering
Talking to Kids About Engineering
Engineering for Kids
Pre College Outreach: Resources
|Originating Source||Lunar and Planetary Institute and National Center for Interactive Learning|
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