Inventor’s Workshop

Camp | Grades PK-2

We have opened up the workshop for a week of fun, creativity, and of course -- engineering! Over the course of a week, students will invent new machines and explore creative design solutions using the Engineering Design Process. Discover how a wind-up toy works and design your own drawing robot inside the Engineering For Kids Inventor’s Workshop.

Day 1: Robot Wind-Up

Inventors gain inspiration from their observations. In this first day of the Inventor’s Workshop, our young engineers observe a wind-up toy to discover how it works. After brainstorming ideas, our young inventors head into the workshop to design their own robot wind-up toy. Students conclude the day with measurement activities designed to help them analyze and evaluate their designs.

Day 2: Animation Station

You’ll have a hard time finding a child who has never seen an animated movie, but very few if any have thought about how those movies are made. Animation engineers work with artists, computer programmers and others to produce our favorite animated movies. During the second day of inventor’s workshop, we’ll explore animation engineering and design our own tools to help make pictures come alive.

Day 3: Sketch Bot

What is inside of a robot? How do they work? Today, students will create a simple circuit to power their own invention: a drawing robot. Students will explore how to direct their robot and understand the important of switches in electrical designs.

This lesson is from the program: Jr Electrical Engineering: Sketch Bot (link)

Day 4: Tinker Box

Today, students will pack their own tinker box equipped with tools to help them engineer and invent new tools and objects. Sometimes, even when presented with the right materials, it can be difficult to come up with an idea or even know where to begin, so today, students will create their own engineering idea cubes and listen to a story about a little boy wasn’t quite sure what to do with his idea. Today is meant to be an open, and creative exploration of students’ ideas and inventing new things using the Engineering Design Process.

Day 5: Kinetic Sand

Kinetic sand is a craze that has swept the nation! Kids everywhere are mesmerized by a product that allows them to build sand castles indoors. In this last day of Inventor’s Workshop, students will work together as chemical engineers to invent their own recipe for kinetic sand and then complete a series of tests analyzing the physical properties of their new invention.

This lesson is from the program: Junior Chemical Engineering (Crazy Concoctions): Kinetic Sand (link)