This highly adaptable investigation will engage students of many ages and levels. Options for primary, upper elementary, and middle school are included. This is a true STEM lab that incorporates the science, technology engineering, and math components. Common, inexpensive, and easily available materials make this an easy lab to teach yet it produces maximum learning and engagement in your classroom. NGSS and Common Core Math Standards alignment are included in this "STEM on a Shoestring Budget" activity.