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All Design Challenges

Control a Microraptor's Flight

Make a flying raptor and control its flight with attached strings.

Design a Mechanical Pegboard

Build a peg board that lets you test multiple linkage systems and the types of movements.

Design a Microexpression Zoetrope

Animate a facial expression and make a machine (zoetrope) that plays the animation back.

Make a Root System

Make a root system to help a plant stay put.

Make a Pine Cone

Make a pinecone that can open and close.

Engineer an Air-Powered Spinning Machine

Build an air-powered spinning machine inspired by Boeing CST-100 Starliner.

Engineer a Pneumatic Creature

Create a creature that uses air to create motion.

Build a Buoyant Catamaran

Engineer a catamaran that can carry 15 ounces of cargo without sinking.

Engineer a Wind Powered Water Pump

Build a wind powered turbine that can pump water up from the ground.