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Designing a Rain Garden
Now it's time for all of the data collected in previous lessons to be applied to the design of a rain garden. This resource can only be used as part of the greater whole, since learners will need to rely on gathered knowledge in order to reliably make decisions about the garden's design.
3rd - 12th Science 10 Views 8 Downloads
Toxic Popcorn Design Challenge
Engineering enthusiasts are sure to explode in understanding as they practice the engineering design process (EDP). A container of "toxic popcorn" is placed in the classroom. Teams must work together to devise a method for removing it safely.
3rd - 12th Science 65 Views 45 Downloads
After reading about the history of tape dispensers, learners compare and contrast different dispenser designs. Next, teams work within budgetary and time constraints to design a better dispenser. When finished, each engineer reflects on the experience and answers some evaluation questions.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 10 Views 5 Downloads
Building for Hurricanes: Engineering Design Challenge
"By the hair on your chinny-chin-chin, I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in," says the big, bad wolf! Engineering hopefuls are challenged to design and construct a hurricane-proof building from simple office and craft materials.
5th - 8th Technology & Engineering 18 Views 17 Downloads
What’s a Square Foot Anyway? Laying Out the Design Plan
Clever! Participants don square-foot cardboard shoes to mark out the rain garden plot that they have spent the last few weeks designing. In this way, they are practicing scale modeling as well! Note that this lesson is part of a unit, but the idea can be applied as a general scale modeling activity.
3rd - 12th Math 8 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Design and Build a Road Sign Support
Emergent engineers plan, construct, and experiment with a spaghetti noodle structure that could be used to hold a load. Set them up for success by first showing them a four-minute video on engineering design and a slide show of different signposts.
6th - 12th Technology & Engineering 3 Views 37 Downloads
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 11 Views 70 Downloads
Turn It Upside Down: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
Students explore a computer-aided design program. Students chart out roller coaster design, computer graphics and architecture. Students focus on understanding the connections between mathematics, science, technology and innovation.
9th - 12th Technology & Engineering 26 Views 60 Downloads
Learners design recreational equipment for a community. In this architecture lesson, students work in pairs to design the equipment. Learners select materials and begin designing. Students assess themselves with a pre-made rubric.
6th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 25 Downloads
Intelligent Design and Evolution
This video about a delicate, often controversial topic, does not argue for one area or another, but does talk about the random process versus design of an involved organ. The lecturer talks freely about how infinite complexity such as with the Mandelbrot set, is an example of the most "intelligent design" so far.
12 mins 10th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Analyzing New York Times Design
You are the new newspaper advisor, and you have no idea on what your publication design should look like. Begin here with your young journalists and analyze the layout of America’s most respected newspaper, the New York Times. Learners read, discuss, and analyze the formats of editions in print, online, and past editions.
7th - 12th Language Arts 15 Views 35 Downloads
Play on Words Design
Students create a design of an image that combines two words to create an unusual visualization. They improve their drawing skills by completing a detailed, colored pencil rendering of the "Play on Words" they design. Using technology and its Photoshop program, they manipulate the colored pencil drawings and design a creative lettering for their play title.
9th - 12th Technology & Engineering 13 Views 30 Downloads
Paper Car Crash Design
High school physical scientists collide with motion. They work in pairs to design a paper car that will protect a raw egg during a head-on collision. Measurements of distance traveled, time of run, vehicle specs, and photo gate flags are to be recorded, and calculations are to be made for velocity and momentum as part of a lab report.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 2 Downloads
Logo Design Basics: School ID
Students design a new logo for their school. In this graphic design activity, students learn the fundamentals of logo design and how to incorporate the needs of the client in design development. Students design a new school logo that incorporates the school name and mascot.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 48 Views 115 Downloads
Traveling Through Time and the Consideration of Design
Students develop a greater understanding of how societal and environmental effects existing during each period of time impacted the development of design styles. In this technology lesson plan, students develop an awareness of what those forces were and through that understanding develop their own design project that will evidence what the future might in fact look like.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 31 Downloads
Designing a Playground!
Students design their own playground equipment. For this design lesson, students take pictures of equipment they like and make a class pictograph of their favorite ones. They investigate the design, research equipment around the world, and talk with experts.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 32 Views 82 Downloads
Where is the Science?: Design as an Introduction to the Scientific Method
Students work to create a design that will protect an egg from being dropped from a one story floor. They test their prototype after it is completed. They write clear instructions and link aspects of the design process to the scientific method.
9th - 12th Science 50 Views 100 Downloads
High-end/Low end: Exploring Price & Value in Design
Students evaluate an article about design criticism. In this price and value in design lesson, students debate the role that price and value play in design based on specified statements. Students read and respond to articles about celebrity footwear and clothing.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 13 Downloads