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Design It! Engineering in After School Programs

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  • Cost Category: More than $100
  • Price Details: Individual project parts are available at various prices, but for $139.95 you can purchase a complete set of 14 projects (Balls and Tracks, Pinball, Trebuchets, Gliders, Paper Bridges, Rubber Band-Powered Cars, Balloon Powered-Cars, Cardboard Constructions, Cranes, Blinking Lights, String Telephones, Straw Rockets, Spinning Toys, Sand and Water Clocks), and an Implementation Guide + FREE binder.
    The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.
  • Duration: A series of sessions that lasts at least one semester
  • Format: Programs Delivered in Cumulative Sessions
  • Grades: grades 2 to 6
  • Subject(s): physical science
  • Part of Series?: yes
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    To order Design It! project guides contact KELVIN at 280 Adams Blvd. Farmingdale, NY 11735; ph: 800-535-8469; fax 800-756-1025; Email: or through the Website

In this field-tested, engineering-focused set of afterschool activities kids build simple models of familiar technology, then improve their designs.  Guides offer interesting extensions and tips for leading discussions to simplify implementation.

Design It! is a field-tested, engineering-focused afterschool curriculum in which students build simple models of familiar technology and then improve upon their design. The program is hands-on and cooperative, with clear basic objectives as well as interesting extensions (good for programs with variable schedules). Design It! gives program leaders tips on logistics, facilitating discussions, and assessing children's work, making it easy for anyone to implement.

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