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Zero-Energy Home Design
Challenge young engineers to design a one-bedroom scale house that would collect and maintain as much heat as possible. Special constraints must be adhered to, but creativity is also allowed. Diagrams and background information are provided to help you with your preceding lecture. Materials lists, procedures, and handouts to give to each lab group are all included. Make a competition out of the lesson in your engineering or environmental sciences course and give the winners an award!
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. There is also a super cool interactive website that they can visit to view how different shapes can be strengthened. The lesson plan comes with memorable and modern resources to support the classic hands-on activity.
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.
Design a Thermostat
Using a thermostat is an eco-friendly way to control indoor climate. Young engineers practice building electric circuits by designing and constructing a thermostat. Plenty of background information, a vocabulary list, links to the worksheets, and more are provided. The procedure is written as a paragraph within the lesson plan, rather than in numbered steps. The lab sheets, however, have clearly delineated steps. This is a comprehensive and practical activity to use with engineering or physics classes.
Work Hard and Work Smart: Designing for Athletes
Students design new insights into work tied into athletes. Students design a sports bag for athletes. Students investigate varied sports. They interview people involved in varied sports. Students engage in active problem solving as they create a new design.
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. They conclude as to how the designs work and do not work, and how it brands the identity of the publication. Fun will ensue.
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.
Henna Hand Designs Art Lesson: Make a Unique Self-Portrait
Explore the art and cultural significance of henna hand designs. You engage the class by providing background information that describes who, what, where, when, and why henna designs are used. Then, the class uses the included templates to create a henna self-portrait. They trace their hands and use the symbolic designs to create an image of a hand that represents who they are. This is a neat idea that can easily fit into any lesson on history, art, culture and traditions, or symbolism.
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.
Lights, Sounds, Fabrics and Designs: Careers in the World of Design
Students investigate the broad range of jobs that can be found in the world of design. Students explore sound design, language architecture, etc. Students design a resource book and post it on a website for others to share.
New! Designing Clay
Maria and Juliana are two of the most famous Pueblo pottery makers of the modern era. The class will learn about pueblo pottery design and the ways that Maria and Julian use traditional designs in a new and innovative way. They will discuss the art, Pueblo symbolism, and also make a beautiful clay pot of their own. The lesson spans three days and requires the use of a kiln.
Grand Designs And Great Failures
Students extend their understanding of floating, sinking, density, and buoyancy and apply it to the design and testing of ships. students discover that most ships are constructed very similarly-whether they are schooners or destroyers.
Lesson: Contemporary Tribal Designs
There is a lot to be learned from a horse. Kids analyze a contemporary tribal design found on a large installation piece. Then they create tribal designs of their own that show similarities and difference between cultures and time periods. Their art should reflect their own family, similar to how Native American design often reflects the tribe.
Green Stuff: Designing an Earth-Friendly Room
In this activity young scholars explore earth-friendly materials that can be used in home environments. They learn about the relationship between the environment and design, and use a variety of problem-solving strategies. They work in collaborative groups to research furniture, bedding, flooring, and other home products, and be given a budget to design a room. Students participate in a mock design award presentation highlighting their ideas.
New! Design and Problem Solving
What if you had a design problem you wanted to solve, but were unable to draw because you were unable to see? Teach your learners with visual impairments that they can use Wikki Stix®, a braille ruler, Legos®, and Constructo Straws to discuss, plan, and create a tactile layout of their design solution. This is a wonderful idea that can be used in so many different ways.
New! Robe Design
You can learn a lot from a robe, especially if that robe is from the Qing Dynasty. Examine the beauty and symbolism that covers a functional and piece of clothing entitled Winter Dragon Robe. The class will consider and analyze all of the images on the piece to hone their critical thinking and observation skills. They will then use the elements of design found in the robe to draw their own symbolic and ornate robes.
Designing a Monument
Art students are going to love designing and creating their own monuments. They discuss the purpose and power found in the carving of Mount Rushmore, then consider how and who they would like to immortalize through the sculptural process. They use any mediums available in the art room to create a copy or interpretation of Mount Rushmore; they explain their process to the class.
New! Adaptive Device Design
After reading about how engineering has made adaptive devices possible for people with disabilities, pupils work in groups to discuss different devices to determine whether or not they are adaptive. They also disassemble a pair of eyeglasses in order to analyze the materials and design. This is a hands-on critical-thinking activity that you can use in a STEM or engineering unit.
Marvellous Mini-beasts – Design a Species
Here is a creative activity that teaches kids how species evolve different characteristics for survival. The instructional activity begins as the class discusses and examines the adaptive traits of mini-beasts or insects. Then, in small groups, they work to design their own mini-beast considering how it would act and look to survive in its environment. Overall, this is a very good activity that learners will really enjoy.
Design and Build a Tangle-Free Headphone Holder
Students design, build and test a device that allows a person to store headphones for a portable music device without the wires getting tangled. They follow a determined engineering design process and then vote on the presented solutions to choose the best of the class.