Engineering and Architecture Career Teacher Resources
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Third graders explore the structural composition of buildings and houses. In this math lesson, 3rd graders explain how architecture is related to mathematics. They create a blueprint of a structure with at least three different spaces.
Learners 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 incorporate the design process to create their own perfect job or career. In this career design lesson, students develop questions to research for a future career choice. Students brainstorm about their personal skills to use in their perfect career and use the Internet to complete a personality assessment as well as a career exploration. Students design a plan to reach for their perfect career.
High schoolers investigate the broad range of jobs that can be found in the world of design. Students explore sound design, language architecture, etc. High schoolers design a resource book and post it on a website for others to share.
Seventh graders study environmental architecture. In this art instructional activity, 7th graders make a timeline of five different buildings showing when they were created.
Learners 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.
Students plan and construct a design based entirely on geometric figures. This is intended to make students aware of the importance of geometric solids and properties in architectural design.
Students design, then construct an architectural structural model of a two-person dwelling. Then, Students, in groups, plan a city layout.
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.
Students design their own playground equipment. In this design lesson, 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.
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.
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.
New Review Building a Skyscraper
The construction of skyscrapers is no simple undertaking, involving the careful coordination and planning of many different people. The third instructional activity in this series explores this detailed process by first teaching children about the main structural components of these massive buildings. With this new knowledge, young architects then work in small groups reading through primary source documents from the construction of the Empire State Building, answering a series of questions in order to develop a clear understanding of the process involved in building structures of this magnitude. This is a great instructional activity that demonstrates the impact of the industrial revolution on the growth of American urban centers.
Students 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.
High schoolers use the glossary/dictionary and a partner to make flashcards of the important architectural terms and their definitions. Study them, present them to the teacher, and answer 5 correctly. This activity is part of a layered curriculum unit.
Students explore two LEED certified green buildings. They examine what is the LEED certification process and what constitutes a green building. They tour via the internet two LEED certified green buildings, while comparing and contrasting each building's design and its relation to their own homes or school building.
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.
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.
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.
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.