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Exploring at the Nanoscale

For Teachers 3rd - 9th Standards
Nano-nano! Nanotechnology can seem like it's from another planet! After learning about this tiny technology, collaborative groups experiment with how smaller particles affect chemical reactions. They do this by immersing a whole and a...
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Toxic Popcorn Design Challenge

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Engineering enthusiasts are sure to explode in understanding as they practice the engineering design process (EDP). A container of "toxic popcorn" is placed in the classroom. Teams must work together to devise a method for removing it...
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Working with Watermills

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
In collaborative groups, emerging engineers or environmental scientists plan and construct a water wheel or watermill that rotates for a total of three minutes. Everything you need to carry out this instructional activity is included:...
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Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Alpine Skiing and Vibration Damping

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Alpine skiers have engineers looking out for their safety and for their performance. Physics and materials engineers consider how to dampen the vibrations that can be caused by bumps in the snow, vibrations that can cause the athletes to...
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Ship the Chip

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Engineers face a variety of challenges to solve; help your future engineers practice designing a solution to a simple, yet common issue: shipping items without damage. Teams will work together to design and test a shipping system for a...
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Creating the Most Effective Solar Heater

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
New ReviewIf changing one variable can improve a design, why not try changing more? Using the results from the previous activity, scholars decide on the variables that caused the most improvement in the effectiveness of the solar heater. They take...
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Manipulating Design Variables on Solar Heaters

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
New ReviewAlways strive to make things better. The second of three activities in the Experimenting with Solar Heaters unit has learners design new solar heaters that are more effective compared to the simple models they used in the previous...
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On Target

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewCrash into engineering by sending a marble to land on a target by way of a zip line. Using a zip line, pupils put engineering design processes into practice by modifying a cup to carry and release a marble onto a target. Scientists test,...
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Roving on the Moon

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewBuild a rover for pennies in a fun-filled activity! Young engineers design, build, test, and evaluate a lunar rover model. Using rubber bands, plastic straws, and cardboard, teams collaborate to make a rover model with spinning wheels....
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Mars Rover Driver Board Game

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
New ReviewDriving a Mars rover is a challenging task. Learners play a board game that simulates the decisions scientists and engineers make while controlling the rover. Their task involves building a command sequence to get from point A to point B...
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Career Connections | Technical Writer

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewTechnical writers create those manuals that permit users to set up, operate, and repair all sorts of equipment. And as a bonus, they are often the first to have a go at leading-edge technology. It's all about validation and verification.
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Career Connections | Energy Analyst

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
New Review"Sharpen your pencil!" That's the key bit of advice from an energy analyst who works for a solar energy company. In this video, the narrator stresses the importance of strong accounting background and a passion for energy science for...
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Career Connections | Industrial Designer

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewThere ought to be a tool for that! Industrial designers meet the challenge of designing new tools that accomplish tasks. A short video introduces viewers to a designer who crafts tools for musical instruments.
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A Plan for Renewable Energy Goals

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewThe best laid plans can lead to meeting renewable energy goals. A culminating project for the unit has pupils research the amount of solar and wind energy at their locations. They set renewable energy goals and use the information they...
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Wind Energy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewLet the wind take pupils to a new understanding of renewable energy. The fifth of seven parts in the A Community Powered by Renewable Energy unit has learners investigate wind energy. They find out why wind occurs, learn about windmills...
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Home Energy Audit

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewReduce energy consumption and save some money at the same time! The third of seven installments in the A Community Powered by Renewable Energy unit focuses on energy use in the home. Learners investigate the energy needs of small and...
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Career Connections | Hydrologist

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
New ReviewLove math, science, geography, geology, and most especially water? Consider a career as a hydrologist. The narrator of a short video introduces viewers to the many careers in the field of hydrology and the educational pathways available...
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Career Connections | Electrical Engineering

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewLearn about how to become a professional engineer with a short video. The narrator details some of the many fields in electrical engineering as well as the education requirements.
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Career Connections | Software Developer Dayton

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewLike coding and 3-D design, like working with computers and with people? A career as a software developer might be in your future. Find out what's involved by watching a short video narrated by a software developer.
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Career Connections | Prosthetist Dayton

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewLike a challenge? Not afraid of seeing blood? Have good interpersonal skills? Try looking into a job as a prosthetist. A lower-limb prosthetist discusses his unusual pathway to a career that enables him to design and fit artificial limbs.
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Career Connections | Construction Worker

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewLike working with your hands? Like building things? Like tools? Think hard hats are cool?  Check out a short video that details the rewards of working in construction.
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Career Connections | Construction Manager

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewDon a hard hat and grab an iPad; both are essential tools for construction managers. A short video details the education, skills, and tools required for those interested in a career in this fast-growing field.
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Keep Out!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Sound the alarm about a great resource. Scholars first build a simple circuit to learn the basics about electric currents. They then design an alarm system in which a buzzer activates when pressure is applied to a doormat.
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High Tech Fashion

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Creatively combine clothes and conductors. Pupils learn how to use conductive thread to make electric circuits. They apply the thread to design and build an accessory item with LEDs.