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January 30, 2018 6:00 AM
Get ready for this week's big American football game with a hands-on catapult engineering activity that might also give you a chance to win money for your school! Super Bowl Science: Pair "big game" excitement with this year's "Ball Launcher" #FluorChallenge www.sciencebuddies.org/fluor-challenge Super Bowl LII, a playoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, will take place on February 4, 2018 in… Read more
May 18, 2017 9:00 AM
Congratulations to everyone that participated and submitted a water flow solution for the 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge. Science Buddies and Fluor were impressed by the creative and innovative solutions submitted by students around the world. This year's Fluor Engineering Challenge gave students a real-world puzzle to solve. Using the Banaue Rice Terraces as inspiration, could students design a terraced water flow solution with plastic cups, tape,… Read more
February 23, 2017 10:30 AM
Have your students build their own water flow and enter the 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge for a chance to win! A banner for the 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge outlines six steps for success. Step 1: Do background reading on the Banaue Rice Terraces. Step 2: Review steps of the engineering design process and have students sketch water flow solutions. Step 3: Form small teams and design, build, test and refine solutions. Step 4: Calculate final scores and take… Read more
February 15, 2017 9:01 AM
The annual K-12 Fluor Engineering Challenge asks students to get hands-on with everyday materials to brainstorm, design, and test their solution to the challenge. All valid submissions will be entered for a chance to win money for the student's school or organization. This year's challenge is a water flow challenge inspired by the ancient Banaue Rice Terraces. Can you channel ancient rice terrace engineering and design your own water flow? Take the #FluorChallenge,… Read more
February 15, 2017 9:00 AM
The 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge opens February 19, 2017. Watch the introductory video to learn more about this year's K-12 student water flow challenge. For more information about the 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge, view the Fluor Challenge rules, regulations, and guidelines. See also: Fluor Engineering Water Flow Challenge Read more
February 6, 2017 9:00 AM
Creative DIY STEM projects like making a sorting machine help students understand steps of the engineering design process. Plus, hands-on science activities like this are lots of fun in the classroom and give kids a practical challenge to solve. Have you ever used a machine that you put a handful of coins into, and the coins fall into collectors based on the type of coin? This kind of machine is fun to use and makes it easy to sort your money. The… Read more
February 11, 2016 9:45 AM
Encourage students to be engineers as they design, test, and improve their own marble sorting machines for this year's Fluor Engineering Challenge. A combination of speed and accuracy is required to make it to the leader board. Can your students solve this year's Fluor Engineering Challenge? Ready. Set. Build! The 2016 Fluor Engineering Challenge starts today! Above: an example of a gravity-powered marble machine. This is only a sample of the kind of machine that… Read more
April 13, 2015 7:00 AM
Hands-on engineering got a boost of balloon power with the fun 2015 Fluor® Engineering Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who joined the challenge and shared their creation! More than 1,500 kids around the world gathered balloons, CDs, tape, straws, and pennies in February and March to take part in the first K-12 Fluor Engineering Challenge. Perfectly timed to offer an exciting hands-on engineering activity for Engineers Week, the Fluor… Read more
February 23, 2015 10:00 AM
Put engineering in the spotlight and celebrate Engineers Week with one of these 16 STEM projects! Put engineering in the spotlight and celebrate Engineers Week with great hands-on projects and activities like the 16 STEM ideas listed below for K-12 students: Balloon-Powered Car Challenge Keeping You in Suspens(ion) Build a Bathtub Toy Raft Powered by Surface Tension Get Crafty — Create Your Own Durable… Read more
February 19, 2015 1:25 PM
How much weight can a balloon-powered vehicle carry? Find out with this year's 2015 Fluor® Engineering Challenge. Check the challenge guidelines, design and build your own vehicle, and enter for a chance to win money for your school from Fluor! Turning a pile of parts into something functional is half the fun and a big part of the appeal of engineering for a lot of students. If you have ever done a science challenge where your team was handed a few… Read more
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