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Design a Better Pinwheel

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Engineers are consistently challenged to improve the performance of their designs. Take the simple pinwheel—how can we create a better pinwheel? Students compete to design a pinwheel that spins in the slightest breeze possible.

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Design a Better Pinwheel

Design a Better Pinwheel


Engineers are consistently challenged to improve the performance of their designs. Take the simple pinwheel—how can we create a better pinwheel? Students compete to design a pinwheel that spins in the slightest breeze possible.