Project Library

 

= Favorite projects from Mrs. (Trimpe) Tomm's classroom
= Favorite projects from Mrs. Baker's classroom

Each download includes student information, score sheets, and a teacher page.
Be sure to check out the Junk Box Wars Resources section for other project materials.


Super Slingers - Create a device that will launch a bouncy ball at a target to earn points.
Also available ... Super Slingers with Easter Peeps or Super Slingers with Pumpkin Peeps - Students are challenged to create a device that will launch a peep to earn points in three different categories. A powerpoint is available for both versions - Easter Peeps PPT or Pumpkin Peeps PPT - and can be edited for your challenge.

The Weakest Link - Build the longest chain that will hold the most weight.
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge. I also have a Think About It! worksheet available that was designed specifically for this project.

Super Structures - Create a structure that is capable of supporting a large amount of pennies.
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge. I also have a worksheet available that explores the Building Big website.

Rocket Rally - Create an air-powered rocket that will travel the greatest distance.
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge.  Visit these sites for ideas for paper rocket projects - Paper Rockets, NASA Paper Rockets, and NASA Advanced Paper Rockets.

Bottle Blasters - Create a device that will launch a ball to knock over bottles and earn points.
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge.

Battle of the Boats - Create a boat that will travel a specified distance in the shortest time.
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge. 

Zoom Machines - Create a rubber band vehicle that will travel a specified distance in the shortest time.
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge. Check out the Sefl-Propelled Learning activity from PBS.  Other lessons and ideas are available at the Rubber Band Cars page at the Design Squad or Teach Engineering.

Bridge Challenge - Construct a bridge that will allow a vehicle to travel safely across a "canyon".
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge.

Drop Zone - Build a parachute that will help an egg land safely on a target.
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge.

Magnificent Marble Maze - Build a marble maze that will result in the longest run time.
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge. Learn more about Rube Goldberg devices by visiting his website.

Ultimate Gumball Machine - Build a machine that will sort gumballs by size in the shortest amount of time.
Note:  A powerpoint for this project is available and it may be edited for your challenge. Check out the Engineer a Coin Sorter activity on the TeachEngineering website or the Coin Sorter activity on the ZOOM website.

Super Subs - Create a submarine that will sink and come to the surface in the shortest amount of time.


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and more to help you organize your Junk Box Wars event.

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 8th Grade Science Teacher @ Havana Junior High, Havana, IL

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