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Designing a Safe City Like a Civil Engineer
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.
Intro to Civil Engineering and Hydrology
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.
Way to Flow - Water Irrigation
Students develop and build an irrigation system in which they move water from one source to two different locations. For this water irrigation lesson, 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.
Civil Engineering: Designing Bridges
Students examine the bridges of the United States. They discuss the concept of balance. They draw their own design of a suspension bridge.
Wind Effects on Model Building: Pre-Lab for Truss Design and Testing
Emerging engineers perform pre-lab calculations in this first of a three-part instructional activity 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. 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 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 design and construct a pipeline to carry a ping pong ball and a golf ball across the classroom. In this engineering design lesson, students learn to work as a team as they plan, build, and evaluate their pipelines.
Slip and Slide
Learners explore the motion of common objects. They make predictions and record results for cars running down different surfaces: sandpaper, rubber, felt, smooth and observe how surface material affects movement.
Flow Rates of Faucets and Rivers
Students calculate the flow rates of faucets on 3 different levels and use it to calculate the flow of a river. For 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 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.
Skyscrapers: Engineering Up!
Students 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.
Way to Flow- Water Irrigation
Students engineer a water irrigation system. In this water irrigation lesson, students study the history of irrigation systems and design an irrigation system. They address the ethical considerations related to the environment when building an irrigation system.
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.
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.
What is the Best Insulator: Air, Styrofoam, Foil, or Cotton?
Students investigate the properties of insulators by attempting to keep a cup of water from freezing, and once it is frozen, to keep it from melting. They conduct the experiment, record and analyze the results, and answer discussion questions.
Forces and Graphing
Students analyze graphs to determine relationships between variables and rates of change. They determine the basic concepts about static reaction forces. They determine the slope and equation of a line.
"Bridge Designer" Lab
Young scholars 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.
Land Surveying Project
Learners explore the concept of drafting. In this drafting instructional activity, students complete a project involving land surveying. Learners 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.