Get Moving with Design Challenges

Can you create something no one has ever made before? Books are inspiring for so many reasons. I love books because they take me places I would never get to go otherwise. But I also love books because they inspire me to think of new questions and new answers. Here are some great books and some fun design challenges that might inspire you to make something new and amazing.

Trains move all kinds of things in specialized cars. Design a train car that could safely transport a dinosaur! Learn more about different kinds of train cars in Freight Train by Donald Crews.

Engineers make plans before they start to build their ideas. Design plans for your perfect airplane, and then build and see if it actually flies! Take a cue from Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and don’t be discouraged if you have to change your plans a few times to get it right!

Design an obstacle course for paper airplanes. Will your course have hoops to fly through, goals to fly over or under, or height requirements? Try different airplanes in your obstacle course to see which fly best. For some great paper airplane design ideas, check out The Flying Machine Book by Bobby Mercer.

You’re flying a kite in the park when a strong wind picks you up and carries you up into the atmosphere until you end up miles away! Can you design something to get you back home? For some inspiration, see what little penguin and his friends do when they get Blown Away by Rob Biddulph.

Want to be able to fly anywhere at any time? Design a pair of sneakers that allow you to fly! Read a poem about a magical flying shoe in the poem “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too” in Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

What will you be inspired to make?

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