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Prepare to get your wheels turning with the AP Dragster Maker Project. Students use the provided tools and their imaginations to create AP dragsters and test them with the AP Dragster Launcher. The project includes AP Dragster Pack, AP Dragster Launcher, and a hand pump. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.


Building an EZ Catapult is a great activity for elementary students to complete. This elementary guide is written for Grades 3-5. With these fun activities, students grasp a variety of subjects including forces, projectile motion, engineering design, catapult history, and tons more.

The EZ Catapult Elementary STEM Activity Guide contains teacher and student instructions for math, science, and engineering activities; assessment questions; resource pages; and student pages. This guide contains two guided inquiry lessons and a culminating engineering challenge for students to apply concepts learned through the inquiry lessons.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the EZ Catapult Kit, computers, targets, hot-melt glue guns, rulers, scissors, paint sticks, rubber bands, clothespins, straws, tubes, shoe boxes, tape, and standard classroom tools and materials.


Everything you need to get started in packaging design!

Nearly everything we buy has an element of package design. Help students become familiar with packaging principles and techniques.


Packaging is a part of any product we buy. With the Packaging Design Maker Project, students can become familiar with packaging design and techniques. The project includes five Super Boxmakers, a Dr. Zoon Packaging Design Video, and card stock. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.


Tune in your students to the ideas of elasticity, proportion, line of best fit, and more with this exciting activity. Students build a bungee cord out of rubber bands that you attach to the Rip Cord Parachute Drop and Stand. Add a doll or weight to the cord and have the students experiment to keep the load safe from a disastrous crash.

Includes the needed rubber bands, Rip Cord Parachute Drop kits, and Rip Cord Parachute Drop and Stand.


Ailerons, elevators, empennage, rudder – all are terms pertaining to aircraft, but could you or your students explain their functions? Students will gain insight into aircraft flight as they design and test their own airfoils. The construction of their own control-line flying model airplanes will further enhance their understanding of airplane structures. This pack is truly hands on, and each student will have a real flying model airplane upon completion of the activity.

Top-grade balsa wood, adhesives, and all other materials needed for the wing design and flying model airplane activities are included. To pilot the student through the processes (pun intended), a copy of Steve Bachmeyer’s book, Aircraft Structures, is included. Includes enough materials for 25 students. Requires hobby knife, sold separately.


This is everything you need to start an introductory dragster activity in your classroom. Features the AP Dragster Designer, which enables students to explore design, aerodynamics, friction, and other concepts.

Includes the following items that can be purchased individually:

  • AP Dragster Designer 30-Pack (36300)
  • AP Dragster Launcher (36020)
  • Hand Pump (34417)

Requires shaping tools such as a coping saw, wood shaver, and sanding stick or sandpaper, sold separately.


First, each student builds and launches a high-flying tube rocket. Then, they take aerospace concepts further by building a balsa wood glider that rides a rocket into the sky and releases at apogee to glide down on its own. This package contains enough materials for 30 students as well as the necessary launch equipment.

The AP Rockets & Gliders – GS Package includes the following items, which can also be ordered individually.

  • 40370 AP Rocket Launcher II
  • 35692 AP Rocket 30-Pack
  • 34455 AP Glider 30-Pack
  • 34678 Glider Launch Stabilizer
  • 34417 Hand Pump
  • 59839 AP Rocket and Glider Video (DVD)

Requires scissors, hobby knife, ruler, glue stick, CA glue, and transparent tape, sold separately.


How do you show young students the basic concepts of force and motion? Try this activity using a plastic bottle to create a racer that flies down the track and is powered by air pressure. These are fun to build, and students personalize their racers with paint, decals, or other items.

Pack includes the kits, launcher, tire pump, and other items needed to lead the activity. Track length is 35' to 40'.


Design your bottle and get to racing with the AP Bottle Racer Maker Project. Students decide how to design their bottle and launch it down the track to see whose bottle is the fastest. The project comes with the AP Bottle Racer Class Pack, AP Bottle Racer Launcher, AP Racer Nozzles, and a Deluxe Port Pump. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.


Building model bridges from balsa wood is a great way to get students engaged in technology, science, and engineering principles. This Getting Started package includes materials for 25 students, testing equipment, and curriculum to get your classroom into bridge building.


There are tons of different bridge designs. With the Balsa Bridges Maker Project, students create bridges and test them out to see which design is best. The project includes a balsa BridgePak 25-Pack, the Bridge video, and the Structure Testing Device. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.


Learn about the principles of flight and have students put their knowledge to the test. With the Balsa Glider Maker Project, students can learn about flight and create their own balsa glider design to flight test. The project includes a FlightPak Power Pack and the Dr. Zoon Balsa Glider Video. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.


This Getting Started package has enough materials for a classroom of 30 students, including our Metric Glider book; the Dr. Zoon Balsa Glider Video; and a FlightPak complete with materials for designing, prototyping, building, and testing gliders.


Balsa wood or basswood strips, individual bottles of colored Pitsco Structures Glue, The Pitsco Bridge Book, student guide sheets – all the materials you need to complete an exciting bridge design and building activity. Packs are available for a class of 10 or a class of 25. Balsa wood strips are 1/8" x 1/8" x 24". Basswood strips are 3/32" x 3/32" x 24". Construction requires hobby knife or Timber Cutter, small clips, foam board, pins, and waxed paper, sold separately.

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Alexander the Great used catapults. Richard the Lionheart used them. Now you can use the Catapult Kit to overthrow lackluster activities in the classroom!

This Getting Started package provides enough materials for 30 students to build and experiment with their own rubber band-powered catapults. Students discover the effects of various load masses and different rubber bands as they also learn about tension, forces, data graphing, and other concepts.