Resources & Activities
Talk About It
After watching the program, ask:
- What job was the most interesting to you? Why?
- What is something new that you learned?
- What was your favorite thing to build? What made it fun? What made it tricky?
- How could you improve on your design for the Lights off reminder?
Sometimes seeing concepts children learn presented in a different way helps learning stick.
Here is a fun video from Ready Jet Go! to reintroduce the concepts:
Build A Bridge
Use paper cups, straws and masking tape. Turn cups upside down and space cups several inches apart. Use the masking tape to attach straws to the cups, creating a bridge. Now try balancing toy animals, blocks or cars between the cups. Would it be easier if you place the cups close together or far apart? What if you add a second straw or more tape? How can you make the bridges more secure?
Make A Structure
Use mini-marshmallows and toothpicks to create a tall structure. Connect toothpicks with the mini-marshmallows. How can you make your structure stand up tall? Experiment with different ways to build the base of your structure. Measure how tall you can build it.
Read About It
There are lots of great books about engineering that you can pick up at your local library.
Easy Reader Book
Juvenile Nonfiction Books
Each Family Night program will feature book recommendations from a local librarian in the Commonwealth. Family Night: Engineering book suggestions are from Trish Bissett, Children’s Service Manager at York County Libraries’ Martin Library.
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Links For Families
- Murray Experiment Boat – Sesame Street
- Murray Experiment Build a Bridge – Sesame Street
- How Do You Keep Lemonade Cool?
- How Engineering Affects Your Life
Links For Teachers
Lots more to explore at pbslearningmedia.org! This free resource allows you to access so many of the great assets of PBS and you can search by topic, content area and age. Many of the video or audio clips also include PA Standards-based lesson plans ready for you to use right now!