The Power Grid

Your Mission

Light up a city using simple electrical circuits and lights! Design buildings along a power grid.

The Details

Explore conductors, insulators, and how electricity travels from power sources to your home. image of modern tiny home

The Future

Once you master circuitry with your GoBox, the possibilities for future creations are endless!

Presented by:

Marci Klein, MD

Dean, 3DuxUniversity

  • Lesson Plan
  • Materials
  • How to Submit
  • Standards
architecture and art challenge file

• one GOBOX pro with LED light kits (for class of up to 30 students) 

• recycled cardboard for buildings (or opt for 1 cardboard refill per group with GOBOX PRO)

• 2 AA batteries per group 

• crayons 

• one large sheet of paper, tarp, table cloth or other sheet good to be used as city floorplan 


• pipe cleaners 

• straws 

• assorted recycled materials from the home

Gobox Pro • LED lighting


1. Send us photos of your models plus any sketches or works in progress... even "mess-ups" are great for sharing! 

2. Tell us your name, age, hometown, and a little bit about the architects and artists whose work you've incorporated!

3. If you want, record a video walking us through your model. Any emails with photos/videos of a child need to also include a signed release (drag onto desktop, fill out, and return photo or scan of signed document).

4. Share your post on Facebook and/or Instagram with tags @3duxdesign and @3duxuniversity!


3-5-ETS1-1Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. 

3-5-ETS1-2Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. How to light the house 

3-5-ETS1-3Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved. Create theset up 

MS-ETS1-1Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions

ESS3.A: Natural Resources• Energy and fuels that humans use are derived from natural sources, and their use affects the environment in multiple ways. Some resources are renewable over time, and others are not. (4-ESS3-1)

ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems• Possible solutions to a problem are limited by available materials and resources (constraints). The success of a designed solution is determined by considering the desired features of a solution(criteria). Different proposals for solutions can be compared on the basis of how well each one meets the specified criteria for success or how well each takes the constraints into account. Most scientists and engineers work in teams. (secondary to 4-PS3-4)

Science Is a Human Endeavor • Science affects everyday life. (4-PS3-4) 

Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment. 4-ESS3-1 

Clarification Statement and Assessment BoundaryMake observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. 4-PS3-2 

Clarification Statement and Assessment BoundaryApply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. 4-PS3-4 

Ask questions that can be investigated and predict reasonable outcomes based on patterns such as cause and effect relationships. (4-PS3-3) 

Make observations to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence for an explanation of a phenomenon or test a design solution. (4-PS3-2)

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3DuxDesign wants to help keep kids connected. let us host a STEM With Friends Remote Playdate. Send each friend a kit and we will schedule a free design/build activity for you  and 5-10 of your besties  

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