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Blowing bubbles may seem like a simple or childish pastime. However, blowing a bubble is packed with STEM concepts from physics to geometry to art (with that STEM becomes STEAM!). How do bubbles form and why do they pop? This lesson (and hands-on activities) will help learners discover the science behind the best bubbles.

Hidden Figures: Discussion Guide by Techbridge Girls

Hidden Figures is the true story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The film highlights their intelligence, sisterhood and perseverance, in addition to the racial and gender discrimination that affected their lives.

The Marshmallow Challenge: A lesson in collaboration, innovation and creativity

If you have reached this, congrats! You've completed the Marshmallow Challenge! Don't do this lesson until you've completed the challenge: http://marshmallowchallenge.com/Instructions.html. As you know, the task was simple: in 18 minutes, teams build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string and 1 marshmallow.

Techbridge Girls Design Challenge: Crash Test Piñata

If you've reached this page, you have recently completed the Techbridge Girls activity: Crash Test Piñata. In this TED-Ed lesson, we will learn more about safety engineering. Visualizar la lección en español

Techbridge Girls Design Challenge: Super Cuffs and Strong Shapes

If you've reached this page, you have recently completed the Techbridge Girls activity: Super Cuffs. In this TED-Ed lesson, we will learn more about structural engineering and what shapes make structures (like bridges) strong. Visualizar la lección en español

Iterative Design: How would you solve a problem involving lions?

The design process is an incredible tool used by innovators (and students!) to create better and better solutions to problems or needs. If you've ever owned a mobile phone and have ever used a landline phone, then you know that the design process allows different and better iterations each time something is innovated.

Tech in a Bag: What is Technology?

What first comes to mind when you think about technology? How would you personally define technology? Who creates and designs technologies? According to Engineering is Elementary (eie.org), "many students believe that technology only refers to things powered by electricity." In this lesson, each group of students gets a "mystery bag" containing an example of tech that may surprise them.

Adaptive Design Challenge: What comes to mind when you hear the word design?

According to TryEngineering.org, the goal of adaptive design is to create products that make life easier, healthier and more independent for those who face challenges. In this lesson, you will watch a video about adaptive designs, complete the "Think" section, then begin "Dig Deeper," the Adaptive Design Challenge, with your class.

The On Target Challenge: Practice the Engineering Design Process

To see if there's water on the moon, NASA sent the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) into a crater on the moon. Scientists studied this collision, which sent a plume of dust and gas over 6 miles (10 km) high.

Pepsi v. Coke Experiment: Introduction to Experimental Design

Does gender actually affect your ability to taste? Can girls taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke better than boys? These may seem like silly questions, but they can be used to provide an introduction to designing scientific experiments. In this lesson, you will learn what experimental design is, as well as design and complete your own scientific experiment.

Color by Pixel: How computers draw images using pixels

Computers and computer graphics go hand in hand. In this lesson, we'll learn how computers draw images using pixels. Adopted from "Color by Pixel" lesson plan by CodeHS

How taking a bath led to Archimedes' Principle - Mark Salata

Stories of discovery and invention often begin with a problem that needs solving. Summoned by the king to investigate a suspicious goldsmith, the early Greek mathematician Archimedes stumbles on the principle that would make him famous. This lesson was modified for DollarStoreSTEM.com--classroom STEM gems for less than 30 cents per student.

Design Challenge: Wearable Technology & Functional Fashion

Design challenges provide opportunities to apply skills and knowledge in unique and creative ways. Designers are often asked to create or innovate products that solve complex problems, yet address aesthetic requirements to make the product as profitable as possible.