An engineer from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey just told me about the website Design Squad Nation! Engineers are the people who design buildings, toys, roads, electronic devices, cars, etc. Engineers figure out the best materials to use and how to turn them into the things we use every day.
The Design Squad Nation website is an online community that grew out of the Design Squad television series that aired on PBS KIDS. The site targets kids ages 8 and older and features creative activities, engaging video, interactive games, and exciting contests.
Consider how to make the weak material, paper, into a table that can support a load. Experiment and notice how changing a material’s shape affects it’s strength. Ask a friend to review your prototype. Improve your design by following the design process: revise, test, and improve! Take a picture of your design and send it to us.