Cupcake Delivery

In this hands­on activity, participants create wind­powered land yachts to deliver 3D­printed cupcakes to hungry beachgoers. This activity is a great introduction.
Guests will engineer land yachts, vehicles which use a combination of wheels and wind power to move around.
Yacht designs must include some sort of receptacle for the cupcake to sit in. Once assembled, guests test their creations on the fan­powered “beach” track.


activity video:

Cupcake Delivery


Engineering and Invention

age range



  • Fan

  • Low ­temperature hot glue guns

  • Scissors

  • Strawberry baskets

  • Paper cups

  • Various food containers (lids, bowls, take­out boxes, etc.)

  • Paper (tissue/plain/card stock)

  • Paper tubes

  • Cardboard wheels

  • Bottle caps

  • CDs

  • Straws

  • Fabric

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Wire twist ties

  • Masking tape

  • Hot glue sticks

  • cardboard track (optional)

  • decorations (optional)

safety issues

children will require help with glue guns


weight, Friction, Force, Momentum, Pressure, Gravity, tinkering, design, engineering, aerodynamics


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