Their Excellencies the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Mrs Hurley share activities from Questacon's Engineering is Elementary program. Use the engineering design process to build windmills and discover how mechanical engineering will power future industries.
The Governor-General's Design Challenge is fun for learners of all ages but best suited for primary school students.
Governor General Design Challenge
Things to know
Engineering is Elementary was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston, and has been adapted for Australian educators by Questacon supported by Diamond Partner, The Australian Defence Force.
Activity 1: Exploring mechanisms
- Card stock
- Paper clips
- Split pins
- Hole punch
Activity 2: Build and test a windmill
- Fan/hairdryer (optional)
- Cotton reels/bobbins (optional)
- Paper cups
- Tape, Blu-Tack
- Weights (marbles, bolts/nuts, rocks)