Inventing the Future
Learners explore the impact of technology on the world by researching current or past scientific advancements, then developing a new invention or technology for the next millennium.
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering 3 Views 2 Downloads
Designing a Crew Exploration Vehicle
Take your class on an out-of-this-world adventure with this fun engineering design lesson. Working in small groups, young scientists design, build, and test crew exploration vehicles using some creativity, teamwork, and an assortment of...
3rd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Drones Take Off
Ever wonder what drones are doing high above us in the sky? This article gives your class an insight to what those robots in the sky are doing. After reading an article on drone technology, pupils are prompted to respond to a variety of...
5th - 12th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Designed
Failure: Seeds of Innovation
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!" Through this assignment, emerging engineers examine how failed experiments are simply part of the process of an outstanding design. They begin with some reading about the microwave oven,...
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable
The Invention of the Telephone
All of the people in your class would agree that life would be different without the invention of the telephone! Study Alexander Graham Bell's most famous and influential invention through the primary source document of his sketch of the...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Great Minds: Leonardo da Vinci
Hank Green expounds on the ahead-of-his-time scientific genius of the famous artist, Leonardo da Vinci. Described are da Vinci's studies of bird flight, engineering design, and human anatomy. If you were already impressed with this...
9 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History
From Mach-20 Glider to Humming Bird Drone
"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" This question guides Regina Dugan's exploration of amazing achievements in science and engineering that push the boundary of impossibility. From robotic hummingbirds and...
25 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
A Call to Invention: DIY Speaker Edition
What if I said that you can build a homemade speaker out of a potato chip? Bestselling author and do-it-yourself expert William Gurstelle shows you how in his brief presentation at TEDYouth 2012. He encourages young people to be creative...
7 mins 4th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable