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Eleventh graders explore the design, manufacture and consumption of personal audio devices and cellular products. They examine the related issues, choices, and consequences in the global economy for such purchases. They research electronic devices and design a personal electronic device.
Students participate in activities in which they explore how the space and objects around them can be altered. Using various types of software, they design and create a three-dimensional building and share it with the class. They also create a two-dimensinal room with specific measurements.
Students participate in this continuation of the Design Your Space lesson. Using their completed classroom floor plans, students discuss the pros and cons of each floor plan and select the plan which has the best use of space and architectural elements. An extension lesson is also included.
Various websites are visited as a way of stimulating small-group discussions comparing traditional and green buildings. The groups brainstorm characteristics of a green building, interview a professional who is involved with the green building materials industry, research green construction companies, and finally work together to construct a model of a green building. A thorough exploration of sustainable building design for your high schoolers!
Students examine artist-made furniture as a union of art and design through the work of Garry Knox Bennett. In this SPARKed lesson, students discuss craft versus manufacturing of furniture and view a SPARK episode on a featured artist. Students write a description of one example of Garry Knox Bennett's work which includes a personal response.
Hands-on experience with valves and water flow supports young researchers' understanding of valve operation. Attached resources for learners are text-dense; I'd break up the text into smaller pieces for groups to read and present jigsaw-style, and add lots of visual supports. General learning about valves extrapolates to a study of medical advances in mechanical heart valves. Work culminates with your engineers conceiving and sketching improvements to current artificial heart valve design.