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In this voltmeter learning exercise, learners design and mathematically analyze a circuit they design. They also answer 17 questions about voltmeters, the voltage in given schematics, and the resistance in voltmeters.
Students study about theatrical design by developing environments for improvised and scripted scenes. They develop focused ideas for an environment using visual elements.
Students 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 discover how large national chain stores create product lines that appeal to Generation-Y consumers. After learning in-depth about Target's new Dorm Room line, students create their own Generation-Y inspired product line.
Young cartographers in groups hide treasure at school and then create a map to find it using pattern blocks and tiles. They make paintings with clues to create a visual representation of the location of their treasure. Groups present their paintings, and the class hunts for hidden treasure. Self-assessment of the strengths of the clues in their paintings develops critical thinking.
What does it take to prepare for a construction project? In an engineering lesson plan, 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 breaking into groups according to major principles of government (i.e. popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, etc.) in the United States, your class members will produce public service announcements outlining their assigned principles, and consider which principle is most important to the Constitution.
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.
Students examine the needs of their community for public space and determine the solutions to math problems related to planning landscape designs. They read and discuss an article from the New York Times, create their own designs for a community space in small groups, and present their plans to the class.
Students, in teams, follow the process of design, including the stages of investigation, creation, and reflection, as they devise a way to help "save" a (simulated) pet who is trapped in a pipe.
Students compare the amount of water displacement of a lump of clay versus various shapes of clay of the same mass. They design and build boats out of clay that will float in water. Then they refine their designs to carry as great a load of metal washers as possible.
Students discuss the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and how it applies to the subatomic world. Working in groups, they design a model that would help others to understand the uncertainty principle. Written explanations are included with the model.
Learners design new insights into work tied into athletes. Students design a sports bag for athletes. Learners investigate varied sports. They interview people involved in varied sports. Students engage in active problem solving as they create a new design.
Students participate in relating the role of the arts in defining identity. They examine the community in West African society and how members of that community define their role. They view how artifacts, music and performance can express one's identity and mark life passages from birth to death.
Students investigate the ways in which ancient technologies - six types of simple machines and combinations - are used to construct modern buildings. As they work together to solve a design problem (designing and building a modern structure), they brainstorm ideas, decide on a design, and submit it to a design review before acquiring materials to create it.
Second graders explore geometric design. In this geometric design lesson, 2nd graders graph, draw, and display geometric artwork for their peers. Activities are designed as centers or for use as an independent learning station. A check list is included.
In this circuits worksheet, learners answer 44 questions about audio tone control circuits, twin-tee filter circuits, and other types of passive filter circuits, their impedance and their design.
Students explore the editorial concepts, site designs and business models of online news digests. They propose detailed plans for Web sites that demonstrate their own areas of expertise.
Students examine a variety of textures, one of the seven elements of design. They experiment with various media and techniques to produce different textures. Then they produce two works of art, one using actual textured material and one using illusion.