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  • Engineering Design
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Motion And Forces
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Spring Scale Engineering

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind building a spring scale and its use as a measuring device. Students work in teams to design, build, and test their own spring scale that can measure the weight of an apple using everyday items. They compare their designs with those of other student teams and reflect on the experience.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Statue Display Tower

Students design, build, test and redesign a display tower that will meet a specific set of criteria and constraints.

 

10 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Sticky Engineering Challenge

Lesson focuses on how engineers work to solve problems and impact daily life through new and improved products. As engineers do, teams of students select adhesive options to help them meet a construction goal.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Technology
 

Stop and Go

Lesson focuses on how engineers have developed and improved traffic management over time by engineering and re-engineering the traffic light. Students work in teams to design a new traffic light system to meet the needs of a potential client. They must devise a system or technical enhancement to accommodate a busy bicycle lane and roadway that intersects a hospital emergency room entrance. As a team they devise their planned improvements, draw a design of the improved traffic signal, develop a written and verbal presentation to the client, present their designs to the class, provide feedback on other team's designs, and share observations about re-engineering.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Properties Of Materials
  • Structure Of Matter
  • Technology
 

Sugar Crystal Challenge

Lesson focuses on surface area and how the shape of sugar crystals may differ as they are grown from sugars of different grades of coarseness. Students explore surface area, nanostructures, and work in teams and participate in hands-on activities.

 

8 - 14

 
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Tall Tower Challenge

Lesson focuses on the growth of tall buildings and their structures. Students work in teams to develop the tallest tower they can build with limited materials that can support the weight of a golf ball for two minutes. They develop a design on paper, build their tower, present and test their tower to the class, evaluate their results and those of their teammates, and complete reflection sheets.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Light And Heat
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Telescoping Periscope

Lesson focuses on the many uses of periscopes and how this simple device was designed and is used in many applications. Students work in teams to design and build their own working periscope out of everyday materials. They design their periscope, build and test it, evaluate their designs and those of classmates, and share observations with their class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Properties Of Materials
  • Technology
 

Temperature Tactics

Lesson focuses on how thermometers have been impacted by engineering over time, and also how materials engineering has developed temperature sensitive materials. Student teams design and build a temperature gauge out of everyday products and test a variety of materials for thermal properties. Students evaluate the effectiveness of their temperature gauge and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 14

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Tennis Anyone?

Lesson focuses on sports engineering and advanced materials development. Students work in a team to devise a racquet out of everyday materials that could be used to volley a ping pong ball across a table against an opponent's racquet. Students design their racquet on paper, build the racquet, and test it against those made by other student teams. All teams evaluate their results, reflect on their design, and present to the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Properties Of Materials
  • Structure Of Matter
  • Technology
 

The Power of Graphene

Lesson focuses on graphene and its electrical properties and applications. Students learn about nanotechnology and how engineers can harness the differences in how materials behave when small to address challenges in many industries. Students work in teams to hypothesize and then test whether graphene is an electrical conductor or insulator. They build a simple circuit using everyday items and create a graphene sample using soft pencils on paper. They observe what they see, extrapolate to broader applications, present their ideas to the class, and reflect on the experience.

 

8 - 18