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Young scholars examine the functions of the different systems in the body. They discover how different systems must work together to make the body function correctly. They identify the needs of the body to help it survive.
Students compare the characteristics of floor plans and zoning to family activities/needs. They combine all their knowledge of the elements and principles of design as well as design and function of interior space to create a floor plan and presentation board that satisfies all given requirements.
Students develop a business card to market them. In this developing a business card to market them lesson, students design a business card to represent them. Students create a logo or graphic design that is professional and catchy. Students discuss how technology influences business cards and promoting oneself.
Thorough instructions are given to guide you through making a demonstration hydraulic pump from two plastic soda bottles. After using the resource to teach your class about Pascal's and Bernoulli's principles, turn them loose in groups to design their own working water fountains. An accompanying handout has them imagine that they are designing for a local park. This lesson plan is ideal for addressing Next Generation Science Standards for engineering.
What does it take to prepare for a construction project? In an engineering lesson, youngsters examine how a Ferris wheel can turn and carry a load without falling apart. After reading up on big wheel designs, they create a model using pasta noodles, teabags, and other simple materials. Try finding a video on the Internet about the amazing Singapore Flyer and showing it to your class as an anticipatory set.
After reading about how engineering has made adaptive devices possible for people with disabilities, pupils work in groups to discuss different devices to determine whether or not they are adaptive. They also disassemble a pair of eyeglasses in order to analyze the materials and design. This is a hands-on critical-thinking activity that you can use in a STEM or engineering unit.
Learners examine how a community works together to protect them from fire. They work together to design a functional tool that could be helpful in fighting fires. They share their tool with the class.
Design and construct buildings with rooftop gardens. Junior engineers work in groups to build two buildings and then perform experiments to determine whether or not a garden affects the building temperatures. They graph and interpret their results. This comprehensive project even incorporates a budgeting worksheet! If you have the time and the space, this well-written, memorable, and educational instructional activity could be the focal point of an interdisciplinary unit.
Learners develop a greater understanding of how societal and environmental effects existing during each period of time impacted the development of design styles. In this technology lesson plan, students develop an awareness of what those forces were and through that understanding develop their own design project that will evidence what the future might in fact look like.
Students identify the goals of the project, create possible solutions to the challenges and work on their ideas until they evolve to the point of completion. They produce models and designs of their solutions and assess their proposal and grade the quality of the solutions proposed.
Young scholars delve into Chinese, Korean, and Japanese art. In this geography lesson plans, students gain an understanding about the importance of form and function and design for a purpose in China, Korea and Japan cultures.
Students design a boat with buoyancy. In this designing a boat with buoyancy lesson, students design a boat out of foil, tape, clay, glue, toothpicks, straws, etc. Students design a boat that displaces the most water. Students watch a few short videos about buoyancy to help them design their boat.
Young scholars recognize the basic concepts of architectural design, geometrical shapes, elements of design, creativity, basic math, and design concepts. They apply them to the creative process by creating a design project.
Students apply their knowledge of the physics principles of force, energy and motion to researching the physics behind amusement park rides.
Students explore how art reflects culture and history. They examine everyday life experiences in various countries. Students design a mixed media composition. They create a class presentation.
Students design a carousel for an amusement park. In collaborative groups they conduct research, develop a presentation, write a descriptive paragraph, evaluate design features, and draw an artistic rendering of their carousel.
Students examine energy, where it comes from and the different fuels that are used. For this energy lesson students design an energy infrastructure using a renewable energy source.
Students explore the concept of biomimicry. In this cooperative design lesson, students consider how cooperation is connected to nature and then collaborate to create their own cooperative designs for the future.
Students experience how texture is one of the six basic elements of design. It gives an image authenticity and 'flavor'. It invites the audience to enter a piece and encourages each viewer to experience rather than simply observe.
Young scholars design device that will place a cup into a cupboard for a physically challenged person. They study the engineering design and how structure relates to function.