Project Plans

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Explore and Create

This lesson plan is an introduction to the Rigamajig materials and how they work.

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Sirens, Bells, and Great Big Yells!

Children will collaborate to make something that produces noise useful in communicating from one side of a room to another.

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Up and Down!

This lesson plan we will prompt children to focus play on a general goal: “Construct something that will move in a certain way.”

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Speak Friend and Enter!

This lesson plan introduces a particular human problem: how to build a structure that will protect the safety of indoors from external forces while allowing friendly animals to enter.

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My Invention DOES!

The lesson asks children to discuss and decide on an “invention” they can make to DO something for them or someone else.

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Explore and Build

This lesson plan is an introduction to the Rigamajig materials and how they work. Give children plenty of time to explore the properties of all the Rigamajig pieces and connectors, plus time to put pieces together to build anything they want.

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Turtle Shells, Bat Wings, and Other Protective Things

This lesson plan is designed to stimulate creative thinking and problem solving, plus collaboration within the group.

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A Tidal Wave is Coming!

This lesson plan introduces a specific and urgent human problem: how to build a structure that will protect people from the ravages of a tidal wave or flood.

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Driving Teddy—Across, Over, Up, and Down!

This lesson plan presents a complex problem with multiple goals and constraints. Children will need to think and plan, and then build a vehicle that does 3 different things.

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Future Building

This lesson plan will draw on children’s imagination about what life might be like in the future and what kinds of human-made devices children might need.

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Our Partners

With the help of Zachary S. Gold, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Education at Concordia University, Montreal, QC and James G Elicker, Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, and our partners at Purdue, KaBOOM!, and The CarMax Foundation we've put together a few project plans to get you started. Click here to learn more.