2015 Projects

NASA ARES Water Rocket

1Students become familiar with how rockets are launched. They also learn how and why specific rockets are chosen for various payloads. This module gives students a hands-on opportunity to experiment with variables that might affect the performance of a launch vehicle. Working in teams, students inves­tigate one variable in detail by performing tests. By completing these tests, students will learn the various aspects involved in launching a rocket. In the assessment, students engage in a competition wherein they apply what they have learned about rockets to build a launch vehicle that flies as high as possible.

The Catapult

2 Students have the opportunity to construct a medieval trebuchet from balsa wood.  Students will design and experiment with different counterweights and lever lengths, all the while learning the mathematics that apply to moving projectiles.  The students will also learn concepts like horizontal and vertical motion as well as energy transfer.

Wind Turbine

3 Students focus on how wind energy can be generated on both a large and small scale. Student teams design and build a working wind turbine out of everyday products and learn about anemometer as well as site testing. As wind energy continue to grow in the energy market, it’s vital that the students become exposed to clean alternatives for fossil fuels.

Marine Engineering

4 Students focus on taking their engineering prowess to the seas!  Using everyday materials, students will construct boats in multiple phases.  As they learn about shipbuilding, the students will be exposed to concepts such as Bernoulli’s Equation and Archimedes’ Principle.


5 Students will have the opportunity to design and construct fully operating circuits using Snaptricity kits.  As students delve into the world of electrical engineering, they will learn about resistance, current, and Kirchoff’s Laws!

Gravity Cruiser

Picture2.png Student teams design and construct a vehicle that is powered by gravity. A weighted lever connected to an axle by string rotates on its fulcrum; as the weight descends it causes the axle attached to the string to rotate, propelling the cruiser forward. Concepts explored include potential and kinetic energy, friction, inertia, momentum, diameter, circumference, measurement, graphing, and constructing a prototype.
Provided by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, A World In Motion (AWIM)


Picture5.png Students explore the relationship between force and motion and the effects of weight and lift on a glider. Students learn the relationships between data analysis and variable manipulations, and the importance of understanding consumer demands. The glider activity culminates in a book-signing event where each design team presents its prototype and the class presents its manuscripts to Mobility Press "representatives" and members of the local community.
Provided by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, A World In Motion (AWIM)

Fuel Cell

DCA_0315.JPG Using a PEM Fuel Cell as the primary power source, student teams design, build, and test prototype vehicles which they must then present to an audience. The AWIM Fuel Cells Challenge requires students to explore physical science concepts such as force, friction and energy transformations as well as environmental concepts such as green design, and incorporates mathematics concepts as student teams collect, analyze and display data.
Provided by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, A World In Motion (AWIM)


Seek-2375.jpg  Students explore the world of fragrance and flavors through several hands-on activities.  Fragrance is studied through its many applications ranging from household products all the way to perfume. Similarly, the students study flavors by looking at its components and what influences the development of flavors.  Concepts explored include "decoding the olfactory," fragrance development, flavor profiling, product marketing."
Provided by Firmenich

Solar Car

SEEK 2013 Denver 10.jpg  Student teams will construct a Solar Powered Car using a predetermined kit. Each group will measure the speed of the car at different solar panel angles, track and record the speed of the car at different distances. Concepts explored will include voltage, current, solar power, motor and car body design.
Provided by San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)


image00.jpg  Student teams build robots and use software to plan, test and modify sequences of instructions from a variety of real life robotic behaviors.  Students gather and analyze data from sensors using data logging functionalities such as graph view. 
Provided byLEGO® MINDSTORMS®, and Patriots Technology Training Center

Tracking & Measurement

NSBE measures each seek camper’s pre/post program knowledge with brief tests developed for each grade. The tests consist of:

  • Open-ended questions about student’ interest in math and science and knowledge of what engineers do, to begin a profile of student participants.
  • Questions based on math and concepts that students should have learned in their previous school year, to assess participants’ academic standards
  • Questions based on the SEEK program curriculum (multiple choice and vocabulary matching questions) to serve as an indicator of the academic impact of the program

The research will allow NSBE to create a valuable academic profile of SEEK campers’ STEM abilities and interest in engineering, as well as gauge any impact on their academic performance.

Curriculum provided by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). SAE International's A World In Motion® (AWIM) is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Benchmarked to the national standards, AWIM incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM curriculum.


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