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Civil Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #2
9 mins 9th - 12th
You might have Hippodamus of Miletus to thank for your city blocks. An informative video explains the history of civil engineering, from the Pyramid-builder Imhotep to the Greeks (including Hippodamus) and the Romans, and to the first...
Real-Life Math | Civil Engineer
4 mins 6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
Build the foundations for an solid understanding of volume. Scholars view a video where a civil engineer describes math used in the profession and then poses a volume of cylinders question. They work in pairs to solve the problem and...
The Ancient Ingenuity of Water Harvesting
17 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Water is essential to life on earth. How is it then, that people can survive in desert regions with very limited access to fresh water? Through ingenious architecture and engineering, communities in India's Golden Desert have been able...
Farming in Ancient Mesopotamia: An Ancient Civil Engineering Problem
Sixth graders identify the major obstacles in farming in Mesopotamia. They work together to design and build a model that solves these problems. They write a short essay that describes the problems and their possible solutions.
What Is Engineering?: Crash Course Engineering #1
10 mins 6th - 12th
So you think you know what engineering is? The first of 46 videos in the Crash Course Engineering series identifies and describes different types of engineering, including military, civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, nuclear,...
Why Do Buildings Fall in Earthquakes?
5 mins 4th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
There are few natural phenomena as startling as an earthquake, and depending on the building you're in, these experiences can be downright terrifying. Follow along as this video explores the factors that determine how a building reacts...
Roman Engineering: Crash Course History of Science #6
12 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How did the vast Roman society contribute to science? See the wonders of the Appian Way all while examining the Roman thought process during video six in the History of Science series. The narrator compares the Roman view of doing...
Architecture: It's Elementary!—Fifth Grade
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Young citizens construct an understanding of urban planning in this cross-curricular unit. Covering every aspect of city development from the political, economic, and social influences to sustainable building practices, this 10-lesson...
What if Cracks in Concrete Could Fix Themselves?
5 mins 6th - 12th
Concrete, heal thyself! A fascinating video describes the self-healing properties of concrete, known as autonomous healing. Pupils also learn about ways that engineers try to make concrete more resistant to cracks, such as by adding...
What Structural Challenges Do Bridge Builders Face Today?
7th - 8th
Students investigate the process of constructing a bridge. They study the meaning of structural force and draw pictures of examples. Students identify the types of building materials have been used in history to construct bridges and how...
Engineering Design Challenge: Exploring Structures in High School Geometry
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Applying their knowledge of theorems about lines, angles, and triangles, groups build a toothpick and stick bridge to support their text book. The teams use the design process to plan, build, test, and refine their bridge designs. The...
Coordinates and the Cartesian Plane
7th - 9th CCSS: Designed
The plot thickens to get a functional understanding. After a short review of plotting points on the coordinate plane, class members learn the difference between functions and relations in the second lesson in a series of nine. They show...
What is the Best Insulator: Air, Styrofoam, Foil, or Cotton?
3rd - 5th
Students investigate the properties of insulators by attempting to keep a cup of water from freezing, and once it is frozen, to keep it from melting. They conduct the experiment, record and analyze the results, and answer discussion...
TE Lesson: Kinetic and Potential Energy of Motion
6th - 8th
Middle schoolers investigate the difference between potential and kinetic energy. They examine the formulae associated with both types of energy. They complete how quickly a pendulum with swing by converting potential energy into kinetic...
Wind Effects on Model Building: Pre-Lab for Truss Design and Testing
9th - 12th
Emerging engineers perform pre-lab calculations in this first of a three-part lesson on model building. They determine the forces of tension and compression in a truss. After completion of the worksheet, pupils will draw a draft of their...
Wind Effects on Model Building: Lab for Deflection and Moment of Inertia
11th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the relationship between shape of object and moment of inertia. In this physics lesson, students collect data from the experiment and use spreadsheet to graph them. They discuss how load affects deflection.
Construction Technologies: Construct the Strongest Bridge
6th - 8th
Students investigate how engineers use different types of bridges for different places. In small groups they design and construct bridges for three different scenarios, and answer a series of investigating questions applied to the...