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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Build a tower of Lego® Duplos® on slopes of varying angles and determine how deep the foundations need to be to keep the tower standing upright. [E]
Modifying Bending Stresses in a Flexible Rod [E]
Detect and measure the turbulent airflow around test structures. [E]
Test how the type of a windbreak (shelterbelt) affects wind flow. [E]
Test different wall designs and find the best design for use in windy locations. [E]
Find out how elevators work using pulleys [E] [P]
The Effect of Wind Load on a Building [E] [P]
Why igloos are dome shaped and not square? [E]
Mass supported by different truss types [E] [P] [P] [P] [P]
The effect of a building's height on its stability [P]
Is the pyramid the strongest 3D geometric structure? [P]
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Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
How Does the Addition of Diagonal Braces Affect the Rigidity of a Wall? [E]
Sending Sound Waves through Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) as a Model for Hidden Tunnel Detection [E]
Test different methods for building structures that are both strong and light. [E]
Find out how variables such as the shape and angle of a roof affect the house's lift in high winds. [E]
See which of a variety of materials that are commonly used in home construction acts as the better insulator against heat. [E]
Measure the bearing capacity of beams of different thicknesses made from uncooked spaghetti. [E]
Test the bearing capacity of different types of soil. [E]
Research Skyscraper History, Design and Construction Considerations [E]
Research Egyptian Pyramid Construction Techniques [E]
The Effect of a Building’s Shape on Wind/Load Sheer [P]
Will a structure with a crossbeam support more mass than the structure without it? [P]
Flammability Comparison of Residential Siding Materials [E] [E]

Using Electrical Analogy to Study the Resistance to Seepage under Dams with Different Seepage Curtain [E]
The Effects of Length on the Strength of a Beam [E] [E]
Test why using rebar in reinforced concrete is staggered for freeway bridge construction and if contact surface area affects bridge strength. [E]
Design a truss structure based on equilateral, scalene, and isosceles triangles to determine the strength and the architectural benfits of the different triangles. [E] [E]
Kitchen Surfaces: Which Is Most Durable, Granite or Marble? [E] [E]
The effects of diameter on the stability of a dome [E]
Determine the effect of structure shape of buildings on the drag from wind loads [E] [P]
The effect of temperature extremes on the tensile strength of metals (September 11!) [E] [P]
The effects of the width, depth and cross-section shape of a beam on its strength [E] [P]
The effect of the shape of towers on their strength [P]
What truss designs withstand the most amount of weight? [E]
What Effects Do Punctured Barriers Have on Moisture Migration? [E]
Determine if designing a different roof system helps with regular ventilation. [E]
Find out the best sound absorbing pattern. [E]
Test different roof trusses and conclude which one can hold the most weight. [E]
Find out what shape of a balancing beam has the least deflection. [E]
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High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Constructing Economical and Durable Rural Roads using Stabilized Glacial Soil [P]
Stress Analysis on the Length of Compression Chord Affecting the Efficiency of a Cantilever Structure [E]
Build a geodesic dome using struts made from rolled-up newspaper and determine the strength-to-weight ratio of the resulting dome. [E]
Test Adhesion of Different Caulks to Surface [E]
Using Bacterial Biofilms to Reduce Liquefaction [E] [E]
Study of the Dampening Abilities of Viscous Dampers in Buildings [E]
How Damping Can Passively Control the Dynamic Behavior of a Structure? [E] [E]
Determine the connection between tall narrow buildings and a breaking pencil point [P]
Which new roofing material, proposed to meet the requirements of recent California legislation, reflects the most light and reaches the lowest maximum temperature? [E]
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