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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Modifying engineering lessons from NASA makes them accessible to a wider variety of learners.
Put a new twist on the egg drop by turning your students into aerospace engineers!
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 lesson 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 worksheet, 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.
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.
Students investigate career opportunities in engineering. In this technology lesson, students analyze the semiconductor and its application in the real world. They investigate what it takes to become a qualified engineer.
In this engineering worksheet, 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.
Keep your students up-to-date on the growing field of genetic engineering with these lesson plans.
You can use these hands on lessons to get kids excited about the field of engineering!
"By the hair on your chinny-chin-chin, I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in," says the big, bad wolf! Engineering hopefuls are challenged to design and construct a hurricane-proof building from simple office and craft materials. The objective is to have it withstand the weight of a tennis ball and the force of air from a fan. A wonderful, complete resource to foster engineering and design skills in youngsters!
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.