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Design a Green Rooftop Garden
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.
6th - 9th Science 17 Views 76 Downloads
The Ancient Ingenuity of Water Harvesting
Water is essential to life on earth. How is it then, that people can survive in desert regions with very limited access to fresh water? Through ingenious architecture and engineering, communities in India's Golden Desert have been able to efficiently collect and store rainwater for hundreds of years.
17 mins 7th - 12th Science 22 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
K Technology & Engineering 8 Views 11 Downloads
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 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.
2nd - 12th Math 58 Views 42 Downloads
Skyscrapers: Engineering Up!
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.
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering 8 Views 16 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering 6 Views 8 Downloads
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.
6th - 12th Technology & Engineering 22 Views 59 Downloads
Land Surveying Project
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.
10th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 27 Downloads
Carve That Mountain
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.
3rd - 5th Science 15 Views 26 Downloads
Farming in Ancient Mesopotamia: An Ancient Civil Engineering Problem
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.
6th Technology & Engineering 36 Views 98 Downloads
"Bridge Designer" Lab
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.
7th - 8th Science 7 Views 23 Downloads
Provide a comprehensive exploration of bridges and civil engineering. First, learners discuss the different types of bridges. Then, they identify the characteristics of a suspension, beam, and arch type of bridge. In addition, they learn about famous bridges throughout the United States.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 48 Downloads
Way to Flow - Water Irrigation
Students develop and build an irrigation system in which they move water from one source to two different locations. In 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.
6th - 12th Technology & Engineering 15 Views 33 Downloads
Aspiring engineers conduct research to answer fifteen questions about the uses of composite materials. This serves as an overview of composites. You can assign the research as part of a career exploration course or an introduction to engineering.
9th - Higher Ed Technology & Engineering 3 Views 11 Downloads
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. In this flow rate lesson plan, students hypothesize and use the Engineering Our Water Living Lab to check their results.
6th - 10th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
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 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.
9th - 12th Math 6 Views 19 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Math 7 Views 40 Downloads