Mechanical engineers are creators, building and designing everything from children's toys to life-saving medical devices. While the word "engineering" does not necessarily conjure up images of fun, there are plenty of games children can play that help them understand the exciting and often fun world of mechanical engineering.
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Knowing how to build the perfect parachute is a skill that has saved lives. For a fun game, let children design the perfect parachute -- one that has a straight and soft landing for its passenger. To see who can make the best parachute, attach a small box with an egg to the parachutes and drop them from a second-story window or ledge. To make the game fair, make sure the eggs are in similar boxes so the type of box does not affect how well the egg takes the fall. Winners will have eggs without damage.
Mechanical engineers must use a variety of types of materials, depending on projects and needs. Gather a variety of different materials, such as fabric, paper and rubber. One child can do experiments on what types of stress different materials can withstand, while other children try to guess what will happen. Examples include testing what will happen if rubber gets wet, or what will happen if wind from a fan hits paper.
Some mechanical engineers have careers in the field of aerodynamics. Children can challenge each other to paper aeroplane-building contests; whoever builds the aeroplane that flies the farthest, or the highest, wins. Children can experiment with different sizes and types of paper to build the perfect aeroplane.
Ride the Roller Coasters
Mechanical engineers are the people who create all the twists and turns of a roller coaster, with the perfect force to make an excellent ride. Spend the day at an amusement park. Ride the rides, and make a game of studying the twists and turns of a roller coaster and guessing how they work. Draw and design your own roller coaster on paper at home.
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