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Students study weather and define the appropriate dress for various weather patterns. In this weather and clothing lesson, 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.
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.
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.
Students design streamlined packaging designed to reduce waste production. In this waste reduction instructional activity, students view a diagram to introduce the concept of the engineering design process and discuss ways that packaging can be useful. They solve an excess packaging problem by designing a new package.
Now here is a great lesson 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!
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.
A terrific lesson plan 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
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.
Young scholars use the design process to investigate physical science. In this force and motion lesson, design a track to achieve a specified outcome. Students complete additional experiments with speed and distance. Young scholars recognize the resistance caused by friction.
Students 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. Students must create a working scale that includes change in motion, speed, or direction. They label their diagram.
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.
Pupils incorporate the design process to create their own perfect job or career. In this career design lesson, students develop questions to research for a future career choice. Pupils brainstorm about their personal skills to use in their perfect career and use the Internet to complete a personality assessment as well as a career exploration. Students design a plan to reach for their perfect career.