Grab Lab Activity Documents
Grab Lab Activity Document Downloads
Have you ever seen a bird catch a worm or a chipmunk stuff their cheeks? How do they do it? Animals have evolved some pretty amazing grabbers and tools over time. In this activity, construct your own Simple Grabber out of TeacherGeek Connector Strips and screws, then design and build it better to be like our feathered and furry friends
Download the Kid's Engineering Challenge document for a quick Build Guide and how to set up Challenges to build grabbers like eagles, robins, monkeys, chipmunks, and even our own human hands!
Out of the Classroom
Download the Out of the Classroom Version
This build guide has everything you need to complete the Grab Lab Activity. Perfect for libraries, boy and girl scouts, science fairs, kitchen table, maker's fairs and after school use.
Looking for something with a little more classroom clout?
Check out the "In the Classroom" section below for classroom-ready document downloads.
Grab Lab All-in-One - PDF
In the Classroom
For classroom use, download the documents below. Use the Classroom Overview for procedure and standards organization, and utilize the optional Labs and Challenges to further enrich the learning process.
Looking to just build and go?
Check out the "Out of the Classroom" section above to get started.
Download the Grab Lab Build GuideStart by making a simple grabber and then add your own designs to make it better. Students/kids are encouraged to add other components like dowels and gears, but also incorporate recycling materials.
Build Guide - PDF
Learn about simple machines, force, work and animal adaptations, and how they can be
used as inspiration for your Reacher design. Excellent for in the classroom use
with guided questions throughout.
Tools & Traits Worksheet - PDF
Tools & Traits Worksheet - Editable Word Document
Download the Grab Lab Engineering ChallengeIncluded in this document are Challenge Sheets to facilitate further tinkering and out of the box thinking. Print out each Challenge Sheet and hang them around the room to create different engineering stations. Printing extra Engineering Notebook Pages is recommended as well, to have on hand for the activity.
Grab Lab Engineering Challenge - PDF
Grab Lab Engineering Notebook Page - PDF
Science & Math Standards
Next Generation Science Standards
Matter & Its Interactions - 2-PS1
Motion & Stability: Forces & Interactions - K-PS2 , 3-PS2
Structure, Function, and Information Processing - 1-LS1
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment - K-LS1
Engineering Design - K-2-ETS1 , 3-5-ETS1