General Lab Information


Engineering with Gravity

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Students will build a structure using items such as blocks, books, or even cardboard boxes with the intention of using gravity to roll a small round object such as a marble down the structure from top to bottom.

Vocabulary: civil engineer, engineer, gravity, slide, structure, support, tunnel, turn

Session Information:

  • Flexible instruction whether students are in the classroom or at home. 
  • Interactive, instructor-led session facilitated with students using materials from school or home.  Can also be demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.  
  • Teachers will receive a detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking.  
  • Secure link to ZoomGov videoconferencing platform will be provided. 
  • Sessions are 30 minutes, Tu-Fr, 9:30 a.m.,10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Plan for additional time to get settled in the virtual classroom. 
  • One class per session 

New York State Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

Science and Engineering Practices

PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Systems and System Models

Energy and Matter Flows

Structure and Function

Developing and Using Models

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Next Generation English Language Arts Standards

Speaking and Listening


Comprehension and Collaboration

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

New York State Standards for the Arts



Visual Arts 1.1

Visual Arts 10.1

Program Audience

2nd Grade