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Learners investigate the engineering design process and the relationship between distance, time, and speed. Using a generic car base, small groups design a device that will protect an egg on or in the car as it is rolled down a ramp at increasing slopes.
Students study the Golden Ratio and its relationship to Renaissance artists. After exploring proportions and ratios used by Renaissance artists, students create a mix of ten variations of color paint, and record the ratios of primary colors used to get each variation. They predict how much colors would change with different ratios.
Students develop a creative building design. In this technology instructional activity, students create a model of their building using a computer software. They present their final product in class.
Students disign, construct, and test various blade designs for table-top windmills constructed from one-inch PVC pipe and balsa wood (or recycled materials).
Eighth graders examine facial proportions to draw self-portraits. They use mirrors as sketch aids.
Pupils examine winged flight and its relationship with Bernoulli's Principle. They examine the effect of camber and airfoil angle of attack on the lift of an aircraft using computer based applications.
Students apply their knowledge of the physics principles of force, energy and motion to researching the physics behind amusement park rides.
In this hands-on activity, young mathematicians explore the concept of ratios and proportions through the use an applet to manipulate two rectangles. They examine similarity and ratios between the two rectangles.
Twelfth graders explore construction technology. In this structures lesson students design, draw and build scale models of a Las Vegas type building and give an oral presentation.
Students design, construct and evaluate a solar powered model car.  In this solar power lesson students compete in a "solar sprint" race once their car is created. 
Art that employs geometric shapes is a fun way to discuss math and the creative process. Fourth graders analyze a bit of abstract art, specifically the use of line and shape. They then create geometric art by intersecting and bisecting a number of straight lines. The result is a puzzle-like, yet organic design. 
Learners recognize that staghorn coral helps reef growth in the Caribbean.  In this Coral Reef lesson, students design a habitat model using various art materials to explain how staghorn coral helps the reef grow. Learners share their artworks using correct art vocabulary.
Fourth graders use colored beads in two problems and explore the use of proportional reasoning as a problem solving method. Working Students, in groups, explain their reasoning strategies orally, and through drawings.
Young scholars study the art work of aboriginalists and create art work of their own to demonstrate an understanding of the art form. In this art lesson plan, students create 3D art and experiment with color combinations.
Fifth graders combine Fine Arts, Mathematics and Technology together to create and design a CD-ROM cover sleeve. They incorporate paint, web tools and/or graphic designs to assist them with their creations.
How to use the many design elements such as color harmony, percentage of size combinations, and lines of design are described. Composition of an attractive arrangement with a focal point is addressed. Also included, many descriptions.  This PowerPoint would be useful for many visual arts training courses.
Third graders explore the structural composition of buildings and houses. In this math lesson, 3rd graders explain how architecture is related to mathematics. They create a blueprint of a structure with at least three different spaces.
Young scholars incorporate the principles of design, use creative lettering, and create a graffiti tag that is representative of themselves.
Fourth graders identify art elements and design principles in art such as movement, unity, space and color planning.
Fifth graders examine inventions and personal safety devices. Using the internet, 5th graders explore safety devices and the reasons for their use. Given a list of devices, pupils research the inventor, the innovation of the device, and how it protects people. They create a multimedia presentation of their findings and share it with the class.

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