Grab Lab Activity Documents

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!

Make It Your Own: The documents for this activity are available in PDF and Microsoft Word format. 
If you wish to edit a document, simply download the Microsoft Word format

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Start 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.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.

Build Guide - PDF


Included 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 Challenge - Editable Word Document
Grab Lab Engineering Notebook Page - PDF

Tide Pool Grab Engineering Challenge - PDF
Tide Pool Grab Engineering Challenge - Editable Word Document (Coming Soon!)

Download the Immersive Challenge Presentation

Immerse yourself in an Engineering Challenge inspired by marine biologists and tide pool ecosystems. Your reacher is a marine instrument, grabbing and observing diverse specimens such as octopus and brittle sea stars, while also seeking innovative methods of removing pollution without damaging delicate coral reefs. 

Tide Pool Grab - PowerPoint Presentation 

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Download the Tools & Traits Worksheet

Learn about simple machines, force, work and animal adaptations, and how they can be used as inspiration for your Reacher or Grabber design. 
Excellent for classroom and educator use with guided questions throughout.

Tools & Traits Worksheet - PDF
Tools & Traits Worksheet - Editable Word Document



Science & Math Standards

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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet