The activities below were selected based on their alignment with this year’s National Engineering Month theme “There’s a place for you.”
Through these activities young Canadians will see how diverse engineering is and how they can play a significant role in shaping the future, as an engineer. As the challenges that engineers tackle become more complex, we will need people with diverse experiences, perspectives, and interests to join our profession. Engineers are involved in and affect every aspect of someone’s life, whether it be helping a diabetic, designing new transportation systems, tackling climate change, or fighting poverty.
Grades 3-5 activities
Art & engineering
At the intersection of art and engineering is great learning for all students.
Students use potatoes to light an LED clock (or light bulb) as they learn how a battery works.
Create a robot that can draw its own designs.
Grades 6-8 activities
Water systems on earth
Students will solve the problem of whether or not a dam should be built in a specific location in Saskatchewan.
Build a bridge
Design a bridge that is strong enough to support at least 10 pennies in a small cup.
Coding without computers
Program a human robot to build a pyramid of cups in as few steps as possible.
Grades 9-12 activities
Slender tower challenge
Build the tallest tower you can with the smallest footprint possible.
Pill dissolving demo
Biomedical engineers use experiments to discover how various chemicals react in the human body.
Dream Big educator guide
Use these lessons in your classroom.
Girl Guides engineering activities
Engineers Canada’s Engineering Crest program has a list of engineering activities—things like exploring how vehicles work, introducing the concept of simple machines, or experimenting with how lipstick is made—are designed to illustrate how the world around us works and the many ways that engineering shapes everyday life.
Short videos from “Science Crash Course” that will provide students of all ages a brief overview of what engineers do and how they do it.