100 Engineering Projects for Kids
Actually we have assembled over 105 engineering projects for kids and are adding more as we complete or find more resources.
Why list so many engineering projects for kids?
Recent information from the Department of Labor Statistics forecasts that the largest job and demand growth will be in the technology fields between now and 2030.
Did you know the interest in engineering and STEM decreases for girls as they move into the upper grade levels in school?
, related to engineering activities and STEM education, indicated that even with increased exposure for females to STEM education, interest in engineering and STEM related jobs did not increase as expected. study conducted by Microsoft in partnership with KRC Research
The reasons why the interest in STEM dropped off as girls got older:
Lack of role models
Peer pressure (Perhaps it wasn’t “cool” to be interested in STEM?)
Support from parents
Support from teachers
One solution even the study students pointed to was providing more hands-on engineering activities and STEM projects!
Below we have 105 engineering projects for kids. Whether you need a group or individual project, there is a variety of engineering projects listed below from which to choose.
Listed first are a few STEM and engineering activities specifically for preschoolers. We encourage you to involve your preschoolers with activities that may seem above grade level, as they will still learn by watching or participating in a small way, i.e. handing an older sibling supplies as needed, letting them take photos of the project along the way, or having them work on their own version of the project.
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Preschool STEM & Engineering Projects for Kids
– So easy with only two items needed–Play dough and straws! Straw Structures
Fireworks in a Jar
– this is a PDF with lots of lesson ideas Aeornautics for PreK from NASA
Bridge Building Challenges
STEM & Engineering Projects for Students
Make a model of the snare design end-effector on the Space Station Canadaarm2 – using a few household materials.
Paper Building Blocks
Build A Truss Bridge
Build a Plow (snow or dirt!)
From NASA, grades 2-8 What’s Causing Seas Levels to Rise?
Build With Straws and Paper Towel Rolls
This is for grades 10-12, from the Jet Propulsion Lab The Air Up There. Making Space Breathable.
Building With Paper Engineering Challenge
Homemade Cardboard Construction Kit
Gumdrop Engineering Challenge
K’nex Building Set
Keva Structures Set
This is for grades 6-12 Using Light to Study Planets.
Magnetics Building Set
Siege Engines For Kids
– from the Cornell Center for Materials Research. This is a Google doc that opens. This is a great family or class group activity! Build an Airboat
Build An Aircraft Engineering Challenge
Simple Machines For Kids: The Pulley
K’nex Intro To Simple Machines: Gears
K’nex Intro To Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys
Simple Pneumatic Machine
Make A Moveable Pully
K’nex Education Exploring Machines
Paper Structure Engineering Challenge
Intro To Engineering Set
The Magic School Bus Engineering Lab
Romote Control Machine Kit
K’nex Education Bridges
Foil Boat Engineering Challenge
Create A Marble Slide
This is from Cornell’s EYES Program – Encouraging Young Engineer and Scientists Make Silly Putty
Reverse Engineering w/ Printable Worksheets
DIY Marble Run
K’nex Education – Roller Coaster Physics
Gears! Gears! Gears!
Straw and Playdough Web
DIY Suspension Bridge
Elastic Band Powered Tugboat
Straw Rockets Engineering Challenge
Build A Crane
Build A Bridge With Straws And Straight Pins
Build A Catapult
Straw Geodesic Dome and Sphere
Build A Paper Airplane Launcher
Make A Hovercraft
Make A Bottle Rocket
How Strong Is An Eggshell?
Make A Bristlebot
Create A Rube Goldberg Machine
Experiment With Ramps
Electricity And Magnetism
Electricity And Magnetism
A Propeller Car
Make a Mechanical Hand
Make A Waterwheel
Build An Airfoil
World’s Tallest Building Unit Study
Study The Engineering Of Bird Flight
Hydroelectric Dam Unit Study
Experiment With Columns
Choose A Pyramid Building Site
Learn About And Build A Simple Machine
Make An Electroscope
Make Paper Airplanes
Build A Model Rocket
Build A Mouse Trap Car
Design A Zip Line
Build A Dam
Build A Mechanical Grabber
Make A Flashlight
Make A Bubble-Blowing Machine
Create A Solar Oven
Create A Seismometer
Make A Pine Cone
Design A Mechanical Pegboard
Fluid Power Car
Build A Strong Honeycomb Structure
Design A Skyscraper For The Wind
Engineer A Redwood Tree
Build A Wind Powered Sailboat
Online Materials Testing
Online Engineering Games
Construct Hoop And Launcher Game
Roller Coaster Science
Interactive Physics Simulations
Build A Solar Hot Water Heater
Acoustic Engineering and Sound Control