Engineering and Architecture Career Teacher Resources
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Lights, Sounds, Fabrics and Designs: Careers in the World of Design
Students investigate the broad range of jobs that can be found in the world of design. Students explore sound design, language architecture, etc. Students design a resource book and post it on a website for others to share.
New! Fun with Speedboats!
After reading about marine engineers and naval architects, it's all hands on deck to design and test a speed boat. This lesson is designed for the Next Generation Science Standards in engineering and can be a centerpiece for a STEM lesson or a physical science unit on kinetic and potential energy and Newton's laws of motion.
It's Not Conjecture, Look! It's Architecture!
Students examine how architecture reflects historical time periods. They conduct research on the History Detectives website, complete a fact sheet, sequence photographs of different architectural styles, and create an illustration of a house.
Mathematics Alive: Environment and Design of Human Habitats
Third graders explore the structural composition of buildings and houses. In this math instructional activity, 3rd graders explain how architecture is related to mathematics. They create a blueprint of a structure with at least three different spaces.
Architecture and Construction: Stair Construction
Within the context of the construction industry, algebra pros begin to calculate slope from the sizes of stair steps. This is a terrific lesson, especially for aspiring engineers. Just be aware that it might be a stretch to meet all of the Common Core standards as stated; you might need to be creative by including additional values to calculate. You may also want to introduce the graphing of the rise and run values to make the lesson more complete.
Exploring Career Options
Get those kids brainstorming about the types of jobs or careers they'd love to have. Then have them dive into a career-focused research project. Pupils take an interest survey, discuss career clusters, then work through the provided worksheets to start researching a potential career. Additionally, they write a paper describing that career, why they want to pursue it, and what they need to do to reach their goals.
Careers in Scientific and Technical Visualization
Students research a career path in scientific and technical visualization. They prepare a Career Web Page about the career path they chose. The web pages be compiled into an electronic resource for future students.
Designing a Playground!
Students design their own playground equipment. In this design activity, students take pictures of equipment they like and make a class pictograph of their favorite ones. They investigate the design, research equipment around the world, and talk with experts.
Career Awareness on the Internet / Inspiration
Students choose an employment opportunity from a list of jobs. Next, students research their job and an employment application form on the Internet. With partners, students create journals describing the job qualifications, salaries, and benefits.
Turn It Upside Down: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
Students explore a computer-aided design program. Students chart out roller coaster design, computer graphics and architecture. Students focus on understanding the connections between mathematics, science, technology and innovation.
Designing, Creating and Testing Waterslides: A Bums-on Approach
Young scholars work in groups to research, design, and create model water park using line segment theories coordinate. They produce individual design portfolios that include their ideas and opinions, design solutions, sketches and research notes. Student trip to water park for field testing is suggested. Four lessons on one page.
Paper Architecture - Designing Human Spaces
Middle schoolers design, then construct an architectural structural model of a two-person dwelling. Then, Students, in groups, plan a city layout.
Students examine interactions within the environment and environmental engineering careers. They discuss and view photos of natural and manmade environments, explore various websites, create a web to identify interactions between living and non-living parts of an environment, and analyze a Moebius strip.
Artificial Limbs & Robotics
Students design and build a mechanism to retrieve wrapped candy through a small hole (e.g. through the top of a water cooler jug). They gain an appreciation for the challenges faced by people who have lost the use of their limbs. They explore their own creativity and personal interests in problem solving, design, and therapeutic health care careers.
Green Roof Design
Students design a heat and water conserving "green roof". In this urban environmental instructional activity, students will design a heat and water conserving "green roof" to improve a building's energy profile.
Chemical Engineering: About This Job
Young scholars determine the skills that are necessary to be a chemical engineer. In this job and chemical engineering instructional activity, 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.
Architecture: Homes All Around
Students listen to a book, "This is My House" and sing a song to the tune of Home on the Range. They use the internet to view examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. Students take pictures of architectural details of their homes or communities and use these as a basis for a writing assignment.
Gingerbread Architecture: An Exploration and Engineering
Eighth graders design and build a gingerbread house. In this technology lesson, 8th graders research the important components of a house. They evaluate the strength of their design and suggest modifications when necessary.
Concept Structures in Architecture
Students develop a creative building design. In this technology lesson, students create a model of their building using a computer software. They present their final product in class.
Seventh graders study environmental architecture. In this art lesson plan, 7th graders make a timeline of five different buildings showing when they were created.