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- Morehead, KY
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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 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.
Emerging engineers perform pre-lab calculations in this first of a three-part lesson on model building. They determine the forces of tension and compression in a truss. After completion of the worksheet, pupils will draw a draft of their truss design to be assembled in future sessions.
Students design and build an irrigation system that can move water from one place to another. For 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 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 analyze the correct use of technology as it relates to math and science. In this science instructional activity, 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.
Study various types of mathematical models in this math lesson. Learners calculate the slope to determine the risk in a situation described. They respond to a number of questions and analyze their statistical data. Then, they determine and graph a curve that best fits each situation given. Additionally, they log on to two different sites and use the tool and data provided to find the elevation of a given point selected.
Students are introduced to basic engineering principles, road construction and material science. They explore how material properties and strength can be affected. Students become Civil Engineers by both creating Asphalt cookies and by creating their own asphalt samples in the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation.
Learners 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.