You have been hired by ABC Toys to design and build new toys but you are not sure how to go about it! Where do you start? All toys - no matter how simple - involve a lot of engineering. Join us for this week-long activity as we discover the design and engineering process of making toys. Learn to use 3D modeling software (Tinkercad), discover simple machines, learn about circuits, examine existing toys to see if you can reverse-engineer them, and explore manufacturing tech like 3D printers, laser-cutters, and vacuum molders. Projects and activities will depend on the age of the participants.
Activities may include:
- Learning about materials and their properties
- Designing simple push/pull toys and then adding linkages
- Learning about budgeting when designing toys
- Designing a simple website to market your creation