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  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
 

A Century of Plastics

Lesson focuses on how plastics of all sorts have been engineered in to everyday products over the past century, with emphasis on materials selection and engineering.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Motion And Forces
 

A Question of Balance

Lesson focuses on the use of weight scales and measurement by manufacturing engineers. Teams of students are posed with the challenge of developing a system to fill jars with a specific weight or count of products such as marbles or paperclips.

 

11 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
 

Adaptive Device Design

Lesson focuses on the engineering of adaptive or assistive devices, such as prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, eyeglasses, grab bars, hearing aids, lifts, or braces.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Engineering Design
  • Technology
 

Arduino Blink Challenge

Lesson explores computer programming and the impact of computers on society. Students build and test a program to turn a light on and off using an Arduino board. They connect the hardware, program the code, test their system, adapt it for variations in blinking times, evaluate their results, and share observations with their class.

 

14 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
 

Assembly Line

This lesson demonstrates the power of mass production. Students work in teams to design, construct, test, and redesign an assembly line to manufacture a product as quickly and efficiently as possible to meet the quality control criteria.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Structure Of Matter
  • Technology
 

Be a Scanning Probe Microscope

Lesson focuses on how engineers have developed and use special tools that can observe the landscape of materials when they are working at the nano scale. Students learn about Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM) and then work in teams using a pencil to explore and identify the shape of objects they cannot see, just as the SPM does at the nano level. They draw what their mind "sees" on paper, compare their results with other student teams, and share observations with their class.

 

8 - 14

 
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
 

Biomimicry in Engineering

Lesson focuses on the concept of Biomimicry and students learn how engineers have incorporated structures and methods from the living world in products and solutions for all industries. Students then work in teams to develop a structure or system based on an example in nature that would help people living on the moon. They design their structure on paper, learn about patents, and share their designs with the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Blast Off!

Lesson focuses on aerospace engineering and how space flight has been achieved from an engineering vantage point. Students build and launch a model rocket and consider the forces on a rocket, Newton's Laws, and other principles and challenges of actual space vehicle launch. They design their structure on paper, learn about aerospace engineering, launch their rocket, and share observations with their class.

 

14 - 18

 
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Build a Big Wheel

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind big wheels (sometimes called Ferris wheels). Teams of students explore the engineering behind the "London Eye," explore the history of big wheels, and construct a working wheel model using pasta, glue, and teabags.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
  • Robotics
  • Technology
 

Build Your Own Robot Arm

Develop a robot arm using common materials. Students will explore design, construction, teamwork, and materials selection and use.

 

8 - 18