Experimental Design Teacher Resources
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After reading about the history of tape dispensers, learners compare and contrast different dispenser designs. Next, teams work within budgetary and time constraints to design a better dispenser. When finished, each engineer reflects on the experience and answers some evaluation questions.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 20 Views 10 Downloads
Ship the Chip
Engineers face a variety of challenges to solve; help your future engineers practice designing a solution to a simple, yet common issue: shipping items without damage. Teams will work together to design and test a shipping system for a single potato chip; success will be based upon how many pieces the chip is in once it has been through the postal system and returned to the school - the fewer breaks, the higher the score.
4th - 12th Science 13 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Rubber Band Racers
After reading a brief overview of automobile history and introduction to energy and motion, automotive engineering teams plan, construct, test, and evaluate a rubber-band-powered car. This manipulative experience can enrich understanding of kinetic and potential energy, so consider using the lesson in a physical science class or, as intended, an engineering class.
3rd - 12th Math 115 Views 184 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Twisting and turning through the sky, roller coasters are popular attractions at amusement parks around the world, but how exactly do they work? Explore the physics behind these thrilling rides with an engineering design activity. Starting with a discussion of potential and kinetic energy and the law of conservation of energy, young engineers apply these concepts as they work in groups creating roller coasters using flexible plastic tubing and marbles.
3rd - 7th Science 29 Views 29 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Language Arts 46 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Tall Tower Challenge
A fun and challenging activity for nearly any age group, partners must work together to build the tallest structure possible using paper clips, straws, and pipe cleaners. In addition to being tall, the structure must also be able to support a golf ball for two minutes.
2nd - 12th Science 45 Views 32 Downloads
Get it Write
In an effort to practice engineering design, STEM classes break out into teams and endeavor to make a working ink pen. To prepare, they read about writing implements through history, patents, and viscosity of liquids. Armed with this information, they make their plans.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 39 Views 30 Downloads
Designing Experiments - Procedures for Teachers
Learners evaluate a hypothetical experimental design and attempt to improve upon it. In this scientific method lesson, students are presented with an experiment and are instructed to determine its flaws. They conduct their own experiment using common materials and the scientific method.
6th - 9th Science 65 Views 190 Downloads
After reading up on the history of sports racquets, engineering teams design and construct a racquet for batting a Velcro-striped ball at a target. Teams evaluate their design by aiming for the target three times each and answering reflection questions.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 15 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Spring Scale Engineering
After examining how a spring scale works, teams work together to design their own general measurement device. Reading material provides background information, but there is no part of the procedure in which learners handle an actual spring scale.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 14 Views 34 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Sort it Out!
Engineering feats occur around us all the time, often without us noticing; one example is a coin-sorting machine. In a straightforward, yet challenging activity, young engineers work together to design their own coin sorter. Beginning with a virtual tour of a US mint, sorting is viewed in the real world.
4th - 12th Science 10 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Measuring the Wind
When earth scientists or mini meteorologists are learning about wind, they can participate in an engineering activity in which they will design and construct an anemometer. A thorough overview of different types of anemometers is included for learners to read, making this a way to address Common Core State Standards for scientific literacy in addition to meeting several Next Generation Science Standards.
3rd - 12th Math 48 Views 43 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Shake it up with Seismographs!
Shake things up in your STEM or earth science classroom when you have small groups construct their own seismographs. A reading assignment on the history of seismographs, the Richter scale, and current technology sets the stage for the engineering design project.
3rd - 12th Science 31 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
9th - 12th Technology & Engineering 28 Views 60 Downloads
Dental Chemistry Analogy
After taking in background information on teeth, marble, eggshell, and fluoride, chemistry aces design an experiment. Their goal is to demonstrate whether or not fluoride has a similar effect on marble or eggshell as it does on tooth enamel.
9th - 12th Science 16 Views 30 Downloads
Young scholars design and construct a pipeline to carry a ping pong ball and a golf ball across the classroom. In this engineering design instructional activity, students learn to work as a team as they plan, build, and evaluate their pipelines.
1st - 12th Science 30 Views 94 Downloads
Chair Lift Challenge
During the Winter Olympics, this would be an engaging task to include in your STEM lesson plan. Design teams plan, construct, and test a miniature ski lift that can carry a pingpong ball up and down a rope line without falling out. With this resource, you will find colorful handouts, follow up questions, Internet connections, and optional extension ideas.
3rd - 12th Science 10 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
A world without friction would be a very strange place. Young scientists explore the impact of this fundamental force on everyday life in this fun science investigation. Given a number of different fabrics children perform experiments to measure the force it takes to move shoes with different materials on their soles.
3rd - 5th Math 12 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Designing Experiments - Overview
Students explore the concepts that enable them to design and conduct sound scientific experiments. They critique a faulty experiment and become familiar with some of the criteria of a good experiment. They conduct their own experiment.
6th - 8th Science 6 Views 42 Downloads