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With James Cameron's DEEPSEA CHALLENGER expedition as an example, engaged engineering students 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. To conclude, they design and build a device that will protect deep sea explorers (i.e. marshmallows!).
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. This is an engaging challenge for an astronomy or STEM unit.
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.
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.
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. Though the publisher designated this lesson as appropriate through high school, it may be best used with your elementary engineers or during a unit on sound waves when learning about pitch.
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. Elementary school engineers will be meeting Next Generation Science Standards as they work on this project.
In the world of chemistry, efficiency is defined as: the work a system does, divided by the energy given to that system to complete the work. Sal illustrates this important chemistry concept by drawing a PV graph that shows a Carnot Cycle taking place and calculating the efficiency of the Carnot Engine.
In The Hunger Games novel and movie, a futuristic, dystopian society is the setting. In it, a genetically engineered bird escapes control of the government. Using this as a starting point, teenagers examine the realistic possibility of do-it-yourself biology by reading a newspaper article about it. Discussion points and comprehension questions are provided for you, as well as links to the scientific background involved. This is sure to engage your biology class or your engineering class.
Modifying engineering lessons from NASA makes them accessible to a wider variety of learners.
Students dismantle and reassemble a camera. In this reverse engineering lesson, students work in groups to disassemble a one-time use camera while writing directions for reassembly. Students switch cameras and directions with another group and try to reassemble their camera.
Students create pop-up books in order to explore how force is applied. In this engineering instructional activity students identify and define forces in their environment.  Students communicate their understanding of forces and engineering through a story and pop up book.
In this engineering learning exercise, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about engineering and manufactured items. Students complete 9 questions total to get their merit badge.
Students describe and draw what an engineer looks like and does. They descrie what they think an engineer does. Students volunteer to read their description to the class. They use their knowledge as well as their classmate;s descriptions to complete the "What does an engineer look like?" Worksheet. Students are explained that they need to draw, color and label their person.
Learners 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.  Learners examine one of three scenarios and follow the 6 engineering steps to solve the problem appropriately.
In this engineering instructional activity, students speak with an engineer, surveyor, or architect in their area about the various occupations in engineering and create a list that explains each. They also draw a floor plan of their home and three kinds of bridges and explain their differences. Finally, students Make a simple crane using a block and tackle and explain how the block and tackle is used in everyday life.
You can use these hands on lessons to get kids excited about the field of engineering!
Students identify the engineering that impacts their day-to-day lives. They watch videos of inventions that have improved living conditions, and design their own invention in a drawing.
Middle schoolers explore the field of chemical engineering and identify the contributions of chemical engineers to society. They explore how chemical engineering is like and different from the other engineering professions. They study the biographies of chemical engineers.
Pupils explore inventions and how they are different than naturally occurring things.  In this engineering lesson students view a video and realize that tools are used to observe and measure things. 
Students research different kinds of engineers and investigate what each one does. After completing three days of research and using a research guide sheet, they create a PowerPoint presentation of at least 8 slides but no more than 15.