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'Hunger Games' Science: Investigating Genetically Engineered Organisms
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.
The Engineering Design Process
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.
Efficiency of a Carnot Engine
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.
Engineering Lessons Adapted for Special Education
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!
New! 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. Elementary school engineers will be meeting Next Generation Science Standards as they work on this project.
New! Building for Hurricanes: Engineering Design Challenge
"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!
New! Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Engineering Competition Suits
What a thrilling job for an engineer: designing advanced athletic competition suits! Which materials can most reduce friction and drag, and yet still be flexible enough to move with the athlete's body? With attention focused on Shani Davis, a gold-medal winner for speed skating in previous Olympic Games and hopeful for the Sochi 2014 games, viewers see all of the places that friction needs to be reduced. This would make a terrific enhancement to your physical science or engineering class, and it could inspire your class to pursue a career in engineering for sports.
Reverse Engineer a Camera
Students dismantle and reassemble a camera. In this reverse engineering lesson plan, 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.
Engineering: merit badge
For 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 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.
"What is an Engineer?"
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.
Opportunities in Engineering
Young scholars 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.
The Engineering Design Process
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.
Engineer Webelos Activity Workbook
For 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!
Engineering Air Traffic
Students work as air traffic controllers to read the radar and land 3 planes safely. In this engineering lesson, students use what they have learned about the principles and engineering and radar to land 3 planes then evaluate the current ATC system.
New! Whirligig Lollapalooza
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. Have groups evaluate the designs of other lab groups in order to help your class meet Next Generation Science Standards in engineering.
New! Folding Matters
Have your physical scientists try some engineering origami by examining how the folding of materials can have practical and beneficial applications. Teams use their convoluted cortexes to collaborate on constructing a solar panel that is 30 x 90 cm in size, but that will fit into a standard foil dispensing box. Student handout pages include background reading information, a place to design their panels, and reflection questions. Consider having real examples of foldable items avaiable for your lesson plan, such as an umbrella in its cover, a collapsible cup or telescope, or a hand fan.