Activities in Grades 6-8 in Science

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Features 16 principle models, four main models, and four problem-solving models that enable students to investigate and understand the operation of simple and compound machines found in everyday life: gears, wheels and axles, levers, and pulleys.

$65.00 $55.95

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.


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.


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.


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.


Give students a taste of medieval times with the Catapults Maker Project! This project includes enough materials for students to build and test their own rubber band-powered catapults. This project also comes with labels, compartment tray, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.


Learn about the aerodynamics of cars with the Middle School CO2 Dragster Maker Project and start racing today. The project includes a balsa DragPak, Dr. Zoon Dragster Videos, graph paper, the EZ Finish Gate, and the EZ Start Gate. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.


You’ll cruise through this CO2-vehicle activity with our Getting Started package. It brings together all the materials needed to build 25 Custom Cruisers, plus a video, teacher’s guide, and book to help guide you and your class through the process.


Testing student-engineered structures for earthquake resistance will really get things shaking in your classroom. This package includes everything needed for 30 students (in teams of two) to design, build, and test a structure: tower materials, Timber Cutter, Timber Tester, mass plates and associated hardware, EQs Tremor Table earthquake simulator, and Pitsco EQs Earthquake Tower video.


The need for alternative energies has never been more apparent than now. Get students thinking about energy concepts through this hands-on activity. The Getting Started Package has enough materials for 30 student wind generators, a WinDynamo III for teacher demonstrations or advanced student explorations, and the Eco-Wind Gen video.


Wind energy is a growing form of energy in our world. With the Eco-Wind Generator Maker Project, students learn about wind energy and can construct their very own wind generator. The project includes an Eco-Wind Generator II 30-Pack; Eco-Wind Gen video; and three 3-speed, high-velocity fans. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.


Students love this activity, and this Getting Started package provides an “eggcellent” vehicle for getting your class into this inventive activity! This package provides materials for 25 students.