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As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long lesson, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars. If you live in an area that doesn't get much sun, it may be best to do this activity when you have the best chance of clear skies so the cars can be tested outside. Cover multiple Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Common Core literacy standards in a fun and exciting way.
New! Measuring the Wind
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!
Stop the raindrops from getting into the house! Eager engineers learn about roofing history and waterproofing by nanotechnology. They get into groups and work on designing a waterproof roof for a small model house. The accompanying handout provides space for planning and critical analysis questions for follow-up. Miniature rain storms are sure to make a splash with your science or engineering class!
Learning about the earth should be a moving experience, and what better way to record that movement than with a seismograph? Each team will work together to design and build a seismometer, then compete against the other teams to see which one works best. Note: the original lesson plan, which is attached below in the Additional Materials section, provides learners with several background knowledge readings, which add a lot to the lesson. You may wish to include these readings before starting the lesson.
Learners analyze the video 'Design: The Principles' as an introduction to the principles of design unit. They identify, explain and use the basic principles of design and discover that the principles of design are the "rules" or guidelines that one should follow when using the elements of design.
Students are introduced to the principles involved with technological design. In groups, they use the Internet to research an important historical innovation and how it changed the world. They discover the barriers that were involved in the innovation and how they were overcome. To end the instructional activity, they develop a prototype of the innovation and test to see if it work properly.
Learners engage in a lesson that is about the creation of Zillij designs. They conduct research using a variety of resources while focusing upon the aesthetic principles of the decorating of Muslim mosques. The patterns are used as models for students to create their own designs.
New! Robot Basketball
Hold a free-throw shooting challenge in your engineering class! Each team must design a contraption that will fire off a "robot arm" or, more specifically, a catapult, to send a Ping-Pong ball into a basket. Use this as an opportunity to teach mature learners about precision and accuracy, and for the rest, about teamwork and engineering design. This would be particularly useful when learners are studying the Middle Ages in their history classes.
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.
This lesson certainly will not be a drag! Little engineers design parachutes that make use of air resistance and, as a result, slow the descent of the payload as much as possible. It is an opportunity to teach about many motion concepts: air resistance, drag, gravity, Newton's laws of motion, etc. Primaries can simply design and test, while older learners are provided with background reading, a planning page, data tables, and evaluation questions to stimulate critical thinking. This resource will inspire your learners to reach new heights!
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.
You can't truly analyze art until you understand the types of decisions artists make while creating it. Presented here, are definitions and examples of the basic elements of art and design, in relation to how they are used in the creation of art as well as the analysis of it.
Students design and build a floating vessel with its own propulsion system that will carry cargo across a wading pool.
Students use materials found at a resource table to design simple devices that will house instruments to take water samples from a tub of water. They design 3 instruments, each varying in density so that one will float, one will hover and one will sink. The work in teams and each member contributes to the design. After experimentation, they share designs with the rest of class.
Students explore the drawings of Rube Goldberg to design and construct a simple machine. They discuss simple machines, and using various materials and toy parts, design and construct a "Rube Goldberg" style machine to ring a bell.
Puppets are fun for any age and can be used to reinforce creative thinking, reading skills, and dramatic play. In Part One of a two-part lesson, learners begin to design puppets based on characters from the Nutcracker Fantasy. A facial proportions handout will help them as they start sculpting. You can access Part Two in the Additional Materials section.
In this bedroom redecoration project, your young mathematicians become interior designers. They plan, draw, and determine finances for the project. They apply their knowledge of working with decimals, geometric shapes, and problem solving skills as they choose paint, flooring and furniture for the project.
Young scholars create a rectangle from a section of selected fine art image.
Students work as air traffic controllers to read the radar and land 3 planes safely. In this engineering lesson, students use what they have learned about the principles and engineering and radar to land 3 planes then evaluate the current ATC system.
The vintage American game show Let's Make a Deal employed probability to keep viewers glued to their televisions. Add excitement to your classroom exploration of proportionality and probability with a game show of your own. Learners approaches range from guessing to coin flipping to computer simulations of multiple trials. A well-designed, supported, and modifiable plan.