Machine and Forming Technology Teacher Resources
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Vending Machine Bans Increase in Schools Nationwide
Does a ban on vending machines infringe on student rights, or do school officials have an obligation to monitor foods sold on school grounds? Your class members will explore the educational, health, and financial issues related to vending machines on school campuses.
7th - 11th Language Arts 103 Views 85 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Cracking the Code
Some interesting reading on the history of barcodes opens this technology lesson plan. Readers find out how engineers contribute, and then they gather into groups to discuss possible improvements to our current UPC barcode system. Know that though the publisher lists national education standards met as early as third grade, this lesson plan would be above the heads of most third graders.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 75 Views 57 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Allowing Students to Explore Simple Physics and Marketing in English Class
Scientific method, linear measurements, friction, inertia. Imagine learning scientific vocabulary in an ELA class. Before researching and developing a presentation about simple machines, class members build a common, but decidedly watered-down, version of these terms and scientific principles.
9th Language Arts 30 Views 74 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
With a digital camera in hand, pupils go on a hunt for an assigned simple machine. Each group of 3 will take a photo of a simple machine found on the school grounds. They will use their photos to create Trading Cards. When all the cards are printed, learners will engage in a Line Dance as a way to share the images they collected.
5th Science 3 Views 35 Downloads
Simple Machines - Wheel and Axle
Upper graders are shown an example of a wheel and axle through which they will each make a pinwheel. They are given instructions on how to complete their pinwheel step-by-step, one pinwheel per group. They try out their pinwheels to see if they are assembled correctly.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 30 Views 71 Downloads
Technology Tradeoffs: Why Should I Care?
Power generation and energy usage are the focus of a lesson on technology tradeoffs. Class members consider the positive and negative effects of such energy sources as diesel fuel and gasoline, and after considering the tradeoffs, take a stance on which they would choose and why.
9th - 11th Science 11 Views 141 Downloads
Structures And Mechanisms
Eighth graders explore and demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to the efficient operation of mechanisms and simple machines. They design and make a mechanical toy device that moves a given object a specified vertical and horizontal distance, and investigate the efficiency of the mechanical device.
8th Science 26 Views 99 Downloads
Modern Day Pyramids
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.
3rd - 5th Technology & Engineering 14 Views 38 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Science 22 Views 38 Downloads
We Have Work to Do!
An excellent lesson awaits your young scientists! In it, learners are invited to explore the world of pulleys, levers, and planes; simple machines that make lifting heavy things much, much easier. They watch video, and engage in hands-on activities that allow them to lift heavy things by using these simple machines.
K - 2nd Science 16 Views 44 Downloads
How a Slush Machine Works
A slush-making machine is taken apart to show how it works. Antifreeze in the form of sugar crystals and constant movement prevent the entire mixture from freezing solid. We find that this simple summer treat is the result of a complex combination of scientific principles.
5 mins 7th - 12th Technology & Engineering 3 Views 0 Downloads
Building a Skyscraper
Creating buildings that reach hundreds of feet into the sky is no easy task. The third lesson in this series begins with four activities that engage young architects in exploring the major challenges that are faced when designing and building skyscrapers.
2nd - 4th Social Studies & History 18 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Start Your Engines
Have your techies read up on the details of how combustion engines work in an automobile. Create a set of accompanying response-to-reading questions and have your mechanical engineering or automotive technology class use this as a homework assignment.
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Las Maquinas y Nosotros: Machines and Us
Second graders explain the relationship between energy and work. In this technology lesson plan, 2nd graders describe the different uses of machines in their everyday lives. They record observations and data in their science journal.
2nd Science 7 Views 32 Downloads
Forms of Energy
Using a suggested web site, 5th graders work together to find pictures depicting each of the three types of energy. They need to explain how each of their pictures represents a form of energy. A sorting mat file, Venn Diagram, and website are all included.
5th Science 8 Views 68 Downloads
Call to Arms: Robotic Analogues for Human Structures
Investigate deep sea discovery through the emerging technology being built. In this physical science lesson, learners analyze the different types of motion available in the human arm. Students research educational websites discussing deep sea research and complete worksheets.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 16 Downloads