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Design a Cell Phone Stand

Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Engineering design process, prototype, iterate
DIY cell phone stand

Introduction

Why buy it when you can build it? That is the attitude you will need for this project. You have probably seen cell phone holders or stands around the house or in a car. They might seem like a very simple object, but they are a great way to learn about the engineering design process. In this project, you will design and build your own working phone stand.

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

Since this is an engineering design project, there is no exact list of materials you need to use. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Cell phone or tablet. If you do not have a real phone available, you can make a substitute phone (see Prep Work section).
  • Structural materials, like corrugated cardboard or wooden craft sticks
  • Tape or glue
  • Other assorted office/craft supplies like rubber bands, paper clips, binder clips, pipe cleaners, etc.
    materials to build a cell phone stand

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Engineering design process, prototype, iterate