Engineering activities

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

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Art & engineering

At the intersection of art and engineering is great learning for all students.

From DiscoverE.org

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Potato power

Students use potatoes to light an LED clock (or light bulb) as they learn how a battery works.

From TeachEngineering.org

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Homemade wigglebot

Create a robot that can draw its own designs.

From DiscoverE.org

Grades 6-8 activities

Water systems on earth

Water systems on earth

Students will solve the problem of whether or not a dam should be built in a specific location in Saskatchewan.

From APEGS.ca

Build a bridge

Build a bridge

Design a bridge that is strong enough to support at least 10 pennies in a small cup.

From EngineerGirl.org

Coding without computers

Coding without computers

Program a human robot to build a pyramid of cups in as few steps as possible.

From DiscoverE.org

Grades 9-12 activities

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Slender tower challenge

Build the tallest tower you can with the smallest footprint possible.

From DiscoverE.org

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Pill dissolving demo

Biomedical engineers use experiments to discover how various chemicals react in the human body.

From TeachEngineering.org

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Dream Big educator guide

Use these lessons in your classroom.

From Rover

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.

See the activities

Video Resources

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.

What is an engineer video image

What is an engineer?

Watch on youtube

Defining a problem video image

Defining a problem:

Watch on youtube

The engineering process

The engineering process:

Watch on youtube