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The Math in the Design and Building of Bridges
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.
Modeling Natural Disaster with Mathematical Functions
Ninth graders investigate the functional relationship of different environmental phenomena. In this math lesson, 9th graders create models of various natural disasters. They use logarithmic and exponential functions to interpret population growth.
Looking at French Decorative Arts: The Science of Good Design
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.
Design and Build A Better Candy Bag
Students discuss how the final design for a product can affect its success. They work together to design and develop a better candy bad. They predict the volume and strength they need for the bag to be successful.
Design a Reef!
Using a miniature coral reef aquarium kit, young ecologists model this unique ecosystem. They research various coral reef organisms and their niches, and they culminate the project by working together to write a report. Use this activity as an enrichment when you are teaching an ecology unit to your life science learners.
Principles involved in the Physics of a Pivotal Plate
Eleventh graders investigate the reflective property and E-fields using mirrors. In this physics lesson, 11th graders investigate pivotal axel, parabola and used DLP technology to show the principles of Kinetic energy.
Creating a Universally Designed Lesson Plan
Students investigate plant cells. In this multiple intelligences instructional activity, students engage in a variety of activities to foster an understanding of plant cells and how they work. Students read, write, observe, and role-play parts and functions of plant cells.
Exploring the Design Process: The Work of Charles and Ray Eames
Explore the work of Charles and Ray Eames and design philosophy for three Eames' objects. Students complete image based discussion, create sketches of forms that interest them, and create their own images for a house of cards game. Finally, they research and suggest ways that USA can boost consumer production.
Design Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine
Students participate in a culminating activity for a unit on Energy and Simple Machines. They are challenged to incorporate simple machines in to a complex mechanical system. While designing and testing their machine they will also examine motions and forces as well as a transfer of energy hands-on.
Design a Bicycle Helmet
Students are introduced to the biomechanical characteristics of helmets. They incorporate these characteristics into designs for helmets for various applications. They understand that using a bicycle helmet helps to protect the brain and neck during a crash. In order to do this effectively, helmets must have some sort of crushable material to absorb the shock of a collision and a strap system to ensure that the protection stays in place.
In this ammeter worksheet, students answer 13 questions about the design of ammeters and they mathematically analyze a circuit they design and build.
Designing an Electricity Transpotation Network
Students design a powerplant to meet the needs of a certain city. In this algebra lesson, students work together to come up with a network system that will provide energy for x amount of citizen. The must be familiar with conversion of units.
Science Students build a pooper scooper tool that helps them clean up after a dog without getting their hands dirty or their noses too close. They research the diseases that can be transported through animal waste and work in teams to design and construct the device. They experiment with their tool using gag store plastic poop on artificial grass.
Young scholars, 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.
Rat Round Up
Young scholars build a device that captures and carries a pet rat safely back to its cage with out "harming" the rat or themselves. They build and experiment with wind-up or battery operated rat cat toys after predicting the outcome of their designs.
Real Estate Tycoon
Wow! Here is a fabulous lesson plan that utilizes real-life scenarios and skills to reinforce the concepts of fractions, decimals, and percents. The activity is divided up into three areas of study: drafting and designing a home, purchasing real estate, and the stock market. These activities are sure to challenge and excite your charges. This is one of the better math lessons I've come across. Highly recommended!
Mapping the Mediasphere
Students compare/contrast the media messages they see in two different communities in their city. They list the elements of art and the principles of design in the photographs they have taken in those two different communities. They create visual and conceptual models of the "media sphere" found in the two communities of their choice.
Modern Day Pyramids
Learners 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.
New! Geothermal Energy
With Earth Day quickly approaching, as well as many science fairs, why not challenge your class to investigate geothermal energy or other renewable energy resources? There are five driving questions explored in depth here, as well as four other questions provided for project ideas. By designing their own investigations and projects, groups learn to work well together and will have an opportunity to share what they've learned with others. The project ideas range in difficulty, making differentiation simple.
The BEAM Project: Building Efficient Architectural Models
Technology or engineering teams are given a task to design, construct, and test the efficiency of a structure that will foster an even temperature throughout an entire day in the sunlight. This is intended as a long-term project. Pupils research, plan, bring materials in from home, build, evaluate, and write a report. A 13-page packet is provided as a guide and record-keeping journal. There is even a grading rubric that you can share with them to keep them on task and use to assess their work.