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Students study civil engineering, safety apparatuses in their city, and design their own city. In this civil engineering lesson, students discuss their towns safety apparatuses and define civil engineers. Students then design their own town using the given worksheet and kit.
Students identify the processes involved in the water cycle. In this math lesson, students explain what civil engineers and hydrologist do. They watch a video about flooding in Texas.
Middle schoolers build their own newspaper skyscrapers with limited materials and time. They identify several different structural engineering principles relating to skyscrapers. They explain how their towers resisted the wind load.
Students design and construct a tower out of newspaper using a limited supply of newspaper, tape, and scissors. After completing their designs, they identify which designs can withstand the self-weight of the newspaper tower as well as a lateral wind load.
Students become civil engineers and assist in designing a Truss Bridge to carry a two-lane highway across a river valley using the West Point Bridge Designer 2003 Software. They construct bridges based upon budget and demos. Students make two bridges in the tri-state region.
Students explore the concept of drafting. In this drafting lesson, students complete a project involving land surveying. Students refer to survey maps as they use the law of cosines and AutoCAD to construct drawings of the land survey. Students present their results to an "engineering firm" (the teacher) and to their class.
Students explore geometry by completing a marshmallow activity in class. In this architecture lesson, students identify the jobs of civil engineers and architects while identifying different geometric shapes as well. Students utilize marshmallows, toothpicks and a ruler to create their own marshmallow buildings in class.
Students develop and build an irrigation system in which they move water from one source to two different locations. In this water irrigation instructional activity, students work in small groups to determine how civil engineers have developed systems to move water to areas where it is needed. They make a plan that entails moving two cups of water at least three feet. They must have the water distribute evenly in two separate containers.
Students examine the bridges of the United States. They discuss the concept of balance. They draw their own design of a suspension bridge.
Sixth graders identify the major obstacles in farming in Mesopotamia. They work together to design and build a model that solves these problems. They write a short essay that describes the problems and their possible solutions.
Using popsicle sticks and glue, groups must work together to design and build a bridge that can support weight and is aesthetically pleasing. The lesson plan begins by learners reading about different features of bridge architecture, followed by design and building of the bridge, and finally, each learner answers reflection questions.
Design and construct buildings with rooftop gardens. Junior engineers work in groups to build two buildings and then perform experiments to determine whether or not a garden affects the building temperatures. They graph and interpret their results. This comprehensive project even incorporates a budgeting worksheet! If you have the time and the space, this well-written, memorable, and educational activity could be the focal point of an interdisciplinary unit.
Students investigate major landforms (e.g., mountains, rivers, plains, hills, oceans and plateaus). They build a three-dimensional model of a landscape depicting several of these landforms. Once they have built their model, they act as civil and transportation engineers to build a road through the landscape they have created. The groups give a class presentation in which they present the concepts they covered their project.
In this engineering worksheet, students speak with an engineer, surveyor, or architect in their area about the various occupations in engineering and create a list that explains each. They also draw a floor plan of their home and three kinds of bridges and explain their differences. Finally, students Make a simple crane using a block and tackle and explain how the block and tackle is used in everyday life.
Students design and build an irrigation system that can move water from one place to another. In this engineering lesson, students test whether their system can move two cups of water to at least three feet from the source. They evaluate and make changes when necessary.
Students design and construct a pipeline to carry a ping pong ball and a golf ball across the classroom.   In this engineering design lesson plan, students learn to work as a team as they plan, build, and evaluate their pipelines.
Students analyze critical load and how to reinforce the design of a structure to hold more weight. They examine basic structures and which materials to select. They create a prototype to hold more and more weight.
Students drop water from different heights to demonstrate the conversion of water's potential energy to kinetic energy. They see how varying the height from which water is dropped affects the splash size. In seeing how falling water can be used to do work, they also learn how this energy transformation figures into the engineering design and construction of hydroelectric power plants, dams and reservoirs.
Students calculate the flow rates of faucets on 3 different levels and use it to calculate the flow of a river. In this flow rate lesson plan, students hypothesize and use the Engineering Our Water Living Lab to check their results.
Students analyze the correct use of technology as it relates to math and science. In this science lesson, students investigate force and weight as it relates to building an object. They build a bridge and draw conclusion based on the design and weight the bridge can support.

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