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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.
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. 
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.
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 instructional activity, 3rd graders work in groups to state the problem, identify possible solutions, and choose one solution using their knowledge of polar bears' environments.
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.
Students explore the design process. They discuss why new products are made, examine backscratchers brought in from home and discuss why it is a useful device, and working with a partner draw and construct a backscratcher.
Sometimes engineering problems that seem easy prove to be more challenging than imagined. Present your class with the challenge to build a functional display tower to support a statue using only the supplies available in class while meeting criteria, cost, and constraints. 
Sure, you may be able to build a better mousetrap, but what about a gum dispenser? In a fun engineering challenge, teams must design and build a working interactive gumball machine with specific constraints and criteria.
Working under specific constraints and with designated criteria, groups work together to create a product using an assembly line process. In addition, they work through the entire engineering design process with an excellent graphic to help them. After finishing, they answer reflection questions to cement the learning. 
Challenge young learners to cut the clutter with this fun engineering project. As employees of a home and office supply company, young engineers are asked to develop devices that organize everyday items. After participating in a mini-lesson on categorization, students work through the steps of the engineering design process in small groups, eventually creating a prototype of their product. This is a great project that develops the teamwork and problem-solving skills of learners, while potentially adding some organization to the classroom.
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.
Explore contemporary American Indian art. After viewing a set of images, class members discuss the design elements of techniques present, as well as how these artists represent history and culture. Learners examine the parfleche and create their own versions that reflect their own traditions and cultural histories. 
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.
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!
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.
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.