It can be tricky finding projects that illustrate engineering in action. The James Dyson Foundation has some fantastic engineering challenges specifically for children to try at home. Get stretching those inquisitive young minds. Their maths, logic and problem-solving skills will be put to the test as they figure out how things actually work.
You can download the challenge cards at the James Dyson Foundation website.See our Primary Science Course
Balloon Car Race
Made from just a balloon, a plastic cup, straws, thread and rubber bands – see how these balloon-powered cars go!
Can you build a bridge out of spaghetti that is strong enough to hold a bag of sugar?
Can you make a marble run just out of things you find around the house?
Can you make a chair you can sit on just out of cardboard?
Make a Periscope
Use a shoebox to see if you can make a periscope that can see round corners.
Design a simple boat from household materials that floats in water even with weights on board.