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TAME Engineering Adventure: Wrecking Crew

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Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you engineering activities that will help you challenge your TAME Club students with hands-on learning. 

Take it to pieces! This month's Adventure demystifies devices by taking them down to their (still sometimes mysterious) component parts. It's a classic way to help your students build confidence and think like problem-solving engineers.

Students can take apart all kinds of devices -- from clocks (easy) to laptops (intermediate) to toaster ovens (difficult) to cars (expert) – and then try to put them back together. This month we're offering suggestions on how to tackle this kind of project with your own TAME Club. It's a great way to get your Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.
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TAME Engineering Adventure: Mars Rover State Challenge

TAME Engineering Adventure: Mars Rover State Challenge

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This January's Engineering Adventure is to design and build a Mars Rover! This was the 2013 State Engineering Design Challenge, and we’ve adapted it here for the classroom. It's a great way to get your TAME Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.

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TAME Engineering Adventure: Stunt Plane State Challenge

TAME Engineering Adventure: Stunt Plane State Challenge

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This November's Engineering Adventure is to design and build stunt planes! We provide warmup ideas for designing classic paper airplanes. Next we share the 2014 State Competition Engineering Design Challenge! It’s perfect for a pre-Divisional warm-up. 

It's a great way to get your TAME Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.

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TAME Engineering Adventure: Crane Challenge

TAME Engineering Adventure: Crane Challenge!

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This October's Engineering Adventure is to construct a crane! We provide a terrific video from Curiosity Machine, which stars a Latina engineer illustrating both a simple crane and a complex crane with pulleys and a crank. Next we share the 2012 State Competition Engineering Design Challenge! It’s perfect for a pre-Divisional warm-up. 

It's a great way to get your Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.

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TAME Engineering Adventure: Paper Tower

TAME Engineering Adventure: Paper Tower Challenge! This is a classic challenge, and a great way to teach kids of any age about collaboration, experimentation, and the value of learning from others.
Above, left: two students from the class of teacher and blogger Mr. Goldstein show off their tallest tower in their own version of the paper tower challenge. Top middle: students from the class of teacher and blogger Katy Kiser took a sculptor's approach to the challenge. Top right: another group from Katy Kiser's class drew on the strength of triangles to build their tower. Bottom middle: engineering students at Wisconsin Lutheran College build a 3D art project to study forces of tension and compression. Bottom right: a load-bearing paper structure made with paper and tape, described on Marci Goodwin's blog The Home School Scientist.

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This September’s Engineering Adventure is a classic challenge, and a great way to teach kids of any age about collaboration, experimentation, and the value of learning from others. 

It's incredibly simple and affordable, too! You only need some sheets of scratch paper or index cards and a flat surface. We've got tips, tricks, and even TEKS lined up for this adventure. It's a great way to get your Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.
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