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- Bemidji, MN
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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.
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.
Students dismantle and reassemble a camera. In this reverse engineering instructional activity, 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 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.
Students utilize their creative skills by solving engineering issues. In this problem solving instructional activity, 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.
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.
Students determine the skills that are necessary to be a chemical engineer. For this job and chemical engineering lesson, students research the skills that are needed for this job and how those skills are related to their curriculum of studies. They deliver and individual project using art materials.
Students role-play as engineers designing wedge tools. They devise methods for shaping quarry rocks into pyramid blocks. Following a teacher demonstration, they use materials such as soap, clay, and foam for blocks and wood, plastic, and styrofoam for wedges. They record the effectiveness of the wedges on a worksheet.
Challenge young engineers to design a one-bedroom scale house that would collect and maintain as much heat as possible. Special constraints must be adhered to, but creativity is also allowed. Diagrams and background information are provided to help you with your preceding lecture. Materials lists, procedures, and handouts to give to each lab group are all included. Make a competition out of the lesson in your engineering or environmental sciences course and give the winners an award!