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Eighth graders are introduced to the concept of design. It is intended to help students recognize that design is purposeful, based on requirements, systematic, iterative, creative and provides solution alternatives.
Eighth graders explore the design process.  In this investigative lesson students discuss as a class the concept of design and complete several assignments. 
Third graders apply the design process by creating a suitable environment for a polar bear relocating to a zoo in Ohio.  In this life science lesson, 3rd graders work in groups to state the problem, identify possible solutions, and choose one solution using their knowledge of polar bears' environments.
Students study weather and define the appropriate dress for various weather patterns. In this weather and clothing lesson plan, students discuss wearing appropriate clothes for specific weather. Students use the weather board to determine the types of clothes to wear for various weather. Students answer the eight questions of the engineering design process to help select clothes and accessories.
Third graders utilize one approach to the design process by using a life science example to work through the design process. This lesson integrates the Science and Technology and Life Sciences standards.
Design your own video game, engineer accident-proof highways, or even develop a new phone app! The Engineering Design Model can be used with all ages and in all subject areas to create a product, system or service. The resource explains all the steps in the design process in detail, and it includes tips for incorporating engineering design in the classroom.  Resource links are provided.
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. Plan on awarding successful teams with a delicious snack at the end of the challenge.
Students identify the goals of the project, create possible solutions to the challenges and work on their ideas until they evolve to the point of completion. They produce models and designs of their solutions and assess their proposal and grade the quality of the solutions proposed.
Students follow the steps of the engineering design process to meet the challenge of getting their entire class from one location on the playground to the sidewalk without touching the ground between. The class develops a well thought-out plan while following the steps of the engineering design process. Finally, they test their solution by going outside and trying it out.
A terrific lesson focused on the design process. It begins with a presentation, "Design: Solve a Problem," which lists the steps of the process and then introduces the specific challenge: to build a device that measures wind speed. Cooperative groups come up with several suggested methods that meet the specific criteria. They choose one possibility and test it. Teacher tips, student worksheets, an answer key, and the PowerPoint are all provided
Now here is a great lesson plan that will really help your learners see the connection between art and engineering. First, you'll discuss kinetic sculptures and the design process. Then, you'll engage them in a hands-on activity where they use paper and brads to fashion a four-bar mechanism. The mechanisms can be discussed in terms of art, form, function, and construction.  
The challenge: Make the tallest skyscraper you can that can also hold a filled water bottle. Oh man, that sounds tough! Lucky for you, you teach some super smart kids that love to build. In teams of four or five, the class sets out to construct a strong and tall structure out of specific materials. The trick is that they have a budget and must decide how much of each material they can buy while remaining under budget. This is a real-life design challenge that incorporates budgeting, the design process, team work, and problem solving. Amazing!
Pupils explore different types of motion. In groups, they design and create mechanisms that move and explain the change in motion. Students participate in a role play activity were they are an engineer for an amusement park. Pupils must create a working scale that includes change in motion, speed, or direction. They label their diagram.
Students explore the concept of engineering design. In this engineering design process lesson, students read The Saturday Morning Superhero and discuss the problem solving steps that the main character encounters as he creates a superhero costume
Students apply the design process to solve a packaging problem. After examining the materials used in the packaging of everyday products, students gather and analyze information about a specific product. They create a new design for the product and generate a written report that incorporates the suggested changes for the product.
High schoolers 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.
Sixth graders understand that engineers design inventions to solve problems. In this creative design lesson, 6th graders must solve two of three problems with one design. Students complete a design worksheet.
Learners work together to solve a real life problem that affects their school. They follow the engineering design process to develop and test their solution. They share their ideas with the class.
Students explain the components of the engineering design process. In groups, they identify the materials that make concrete and practice curing cement using the various methods available. They develop a graph showing the amount of water added to the different sized aggregates and solve an engineering problem to end the lesson.
Students utilize their creative skills by solving engineering issues.  In this problem solving lesson, students examine the 6 steps to the engineering process by completing a worksheet.  Students examine one of three scenarios and follow the 6 engineering steps to solve the problem appropriately.