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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.
Introduce the background of design and designers and their role in communicating their thoughts to others. In groups, you can assign participation in a writing cluster on various designers and write paragraphs to submit to magazines. To end the lesson, your class will examine types of advertisements and create their own using the same characteristics.
Students demonstrate simple circuits and find the differences between parallel and serial circuits. For this electronic lesson students work in teams to test different designs using a low voltage light bulb.
Here is a tasty challenge, especially for middle school engineers: design a container that meets mass and volume criteria, and will safely transport a tortilla or potato chip through the mail without damaging it! Mostly, this is a crisp lesson in engineering design. What fun it will be to receive the packages back and open them to find out which team will reign as the chip-shipping champions!
Sometimes engineering problems that seem easy prove to be more challenging than imagined. Present your class with the challenge to build a functional display tower to support a statue using only the supplies available in class while meeting criteria, cost, and constraints.
Using popsicle sticks and glue, groups must work together to design and build a bridge that can support weight and is aesthetically pleasing. The lesson begins by learners reading about different features of bridge architecture, followed by design and building of the bridge, and finally, each learner answers reflection questions.
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.
Students identify the different parts and functions of the cardiovascular system. In this forensics lesson plan, students collect and analyze evidence on a fictional crime. They describe different causes of cardiac arrest.
Eighth graders apply their knowledge of the nature and characteristics of sound waves and of the design process to a collaborative problem-solving situation. "Design teams" investigate the acoustic properties of materials in order to develop soundproofing products that meet predetermined parameters and constraints.
This is comprehensive lesson that explores different types of function graphs. Young mathematicians graph each data set, describe the characteristics of the graph, and identify the type of function represented, Students also identify the similarities and differences in the data and graphs, and make predictions based on the functions.
Learners 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.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the design principles employed by the engineer Reuben Goldberg. They read a biographical sketch of the artist and then create the context for studying how machines work. They create drawings of simple machines.
The students create patterns and repeat colors for unity. They explore organic shapes and demonstrate awareness of design principles and art elements. They then create 3-D paper relief from a 2-D surface and demonstrate the difference between 2-D and 3-D art.
Learners design a system that will move their glass product across a room in the plant. They must move the product 12 feet and their items cannot fall off at any time.
Working under specific constraints and with designated criteria, groups work together to create a product using an assembly line process. In addition, they work through the entire engineering design process with an excellent graphic to help them. After finishing, they answer reflection questions to cement the learning.
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. Consider letting them do so in order to give them a fuller understanding of what they are to design. This activity can be done in a math class as part of a measurement unit, or in any physical science class.
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. The publisher doesn't mention it, but the reading material can be used to address standards for scientific literacy!
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. Each team's top six scores are added together for a competitive component. This would be a fun challenge for your STEM or engineering design curriculum.
Research various types of bridge designs. Your class will be asked to consider what it would be like without bridges while learning about how they work. They will construct a model bridge based on given parameters. They then calculate cable circumferences, length and thickness. There are many activities with this plan including geometric shapes, trusses, and rubric for evaluation. This could easily be made into a unit.
Students examine the style of an 18th-century compound microscope and its case. In this scientific design lesson, students look at Jacques Caffieri's, "Compound Microscope and Case" before comparing the design to a modern microscope. They design their own scientific or technological instrument using pencils, colored pencils, and drawing paper.