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Light but Strong: A Lesson in Engineering
Aspiring space engineers design a rocket launch platform together to explore materials. The platform needs to be lightweight so that it can be transported easily, but super strong so that it can support the weight of the rocket and its crew.
K - 5th Science 21 Views 17 Downloads
Start Your Engines
Have your techies read up on the details of how combustion engines work in an automobile. Create a set of accompanying response-to-reading questions and have your mechanical engineering or automotive technology class use this as a homework assignment.
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Engineer a Dam
To begin the learning about dams, learners read (or are read to, depending on the age group) a passage about how dams work. Next, they work in groups to use the materials provided to build a small scale working dam. After the experience, each young engineer answers some reflection questions.
3rd - 12th Math 38 Views 21 Downloads
Sound engineers investigate the structural design of a musical instrument, the recorder. They work in collaborative groups to choose an instrument to build out of everyday craft materials. It must be able to repeat a three-note sequence at least three times.
3rd - 12th Science 49 Views 55 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Engineering Inspirations from Nature
With James Cameron's DEEPSEA CHALLENGER expedition as an example, engaged engineering middle schoolers learn about biomimicry and how engineers can imitate processes in nature to design new technology. They experiment with temperature on marshmallows, access the intriguing WebEcoist website, and conduct research on biomimicry.
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering 16 Views 18 Downloads
Ship the Chip
Here is a tasty challenge, especially for middle school engineers: design a container that meets mass and volume criteria, and will safely transport a tortilla or potato chip through the mail without damaging it! Mostly, this is a crisp lesson in engineering design.
3rd - 12th Science 49 Views 78 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 109 Views 85 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 15 Views 8 Downloads
Using a cut-out template of a whirligig, emerging engineers experiment with flight behavior. After you teach them the concepts of force, air resistance, and lift, they discuss what variables on the whirligigs might be changed in order to alter the descent time.
6th - 8th Language Arts 46 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Get it Write
In an effort to practice engineering design, STEM classes break out into teams and endeavor to make a working ink pen. To prepare, they read about writing implements through history, patents, and viscosity of liquids. Armed with this information, they make their plans.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 35 Views 28 Downloads
Investigation: Crank It Up!
Following this procedure, eager engineers construct a working model of a piston system, similar to that in an internal combustion engine. Perfect for STEM or automotive technology classes, the activity comes complete with analysis and conclusion questions.
7th - 9th Science 13 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Statue Display Tower
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.
2nd - 12th Science 13 Views 10 Downloads
Ship the Chip
Engineers face a variety of challenges to solve; help your future engineers practice designing a solution to a simple, yet common issue: shipping items without damage. Teams will work together to design and test a shipping system for a single potato chip; success will be based upon how many pieces the chip is in once it has been through the postal system and returned to the school - the fewer breaks, the higher the score.
4th - 12th Science 13 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Biomimicry in Engineering
Take a look with your class at how nature supplies inspiration to engineers. In cooperative groups, youngsters research biomimicry and then develop a system that would help support people living on the moon. Each team also considers patent rights and presents their design to their peers.
3rd - 12th Science 28 Views 45 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson: Guilt-Free Chocolate
Experiment with chocolate coating on cookies! What a delightful way to learn about food processing and chemical engineering. Throughout this activity, groups collect measurements and make calculations. They conclude by writing recommendations for improving the chocolate coating procedure.
8th - 12th Health 21 Views 98 Downloads CCSS: Designed
With the use of a model rocket kit, aspiring aerospace engineers work cooperatively to construct and launch a rocket. A preparatory reading assignment is included, covering Newton's laws of motion and information about the first commercial spaceships, launched in 2011 and 2012.
8th - 12th Science 25 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Waterproof that Roof!
Stop the raindrops from getting into the house! Eager engineers learn about roofing history and waterproofing by nanotechnology. They get into groups and work on designing a waterproof roof for a small model house. The accompanying handout provides space for planning and critical analysis questions for follow-up.
3rd - 12th Science 49 Views 37 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Can You Canoe?
A neat handout immerses learners in the history of canoe making. After reading, small groups of mini engineers work to craft a canoe that will not be immersed! This is an ideal exercise in engineering design for your STEM curriculum or as an addition to a physical science lesson on buoyancy.
3rd - 7th Technology & Engineering 19 Views 37 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
After reading up on the history of sports racquets, engineering teams design and construct a racquet for batting a Velcro-striped ball at a target. Teams evaluate their design by aiming for the target three times each and answering reflection questions.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 15 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable