Family Engineering

Family Engineering

Family Engineering

Date posted: January 7, 2015

Domino Diving Board? Showerhead Showdown? Artistic Robots? Mining for Chocolate? These are all activities that provide parents and their children with something fun and interesting to do that explores engineering. The activities encourage family interaction and invite families to work together as a team.

Family Engineering: an activity & event planning guide is a new to our library resource that provides engineering activities (including the ones mentioned above) designed for families with children aged seven to 12.

Created by the Foundation for Family Science & Engineering, Michigan Technological University and the American Society for Engineering Education, this comprehensive guide also includes information on planning and hosting a Family Engineering event in the community or school. The activities, which use inexpensive, easy-to-find materials, are also good for home and classroom use.

Here’s a sample opener activity and a sample engineering challenge.

To borrow this book, email

Family Engineering Night: A How-to Guide is a free, online guide to designing an event for K to 8 students and their families.  Written for teachers, it shows in detail how to set up an event in a science fair format.

If you try any of these family engineering activities or other creative ones, you’re invited to take a photo of your family in action and enter our Share Your Selfie Challenge. You could win amazing prizes – a one-year family pass to Science World, or a $250 Best Buy Gift Certificate!

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