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Find engaging engineering lesson plans for your pre-university students that will make engineering fun.

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

What is a Nanometer?

Lesson focuses on how to measure at the nano scale and provides students with an understanding of how small a nanometer really is."Students learn about electron microscopes, participate in hands-on activities to measure common classroom objects in the metric scale, and then convert the result to nanometers.

 

8 - 12

 
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Wind Tunnel Testing

Lesson focuses on wind tunnel tests that engineers in many industries use to when developing products such as airplanes, cars, and even buildings. Teams of students build their own model car out of everyday products and test their design in a wind tunnel made of a fan blowing through a long cardboard box.

 

11 - 18

 
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Working with Watermills

Lesson focuses on how watermills generate power. Student teams design and build a working watermill out of everyday products and test their design in a basin. Student watermills must be able to sustain three minutes of rotation. As an extension activity, older students may design a gear system that is powered by the watermill. Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their watermill and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Energy
  • Environments And Resources
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
  • Technology
  • Weather
 

Working with Wind Energy

Lesson focuses on how wind energy can be generated on both a large and small scale. Student teams design and build a working windmill out of everyday products and learn about anemometer and site testing. Student windmills must be able to sustain the wind generated by a fan or hairdryer at medium speed at 2 feet and rotate, lifting a small object upward. Students evaluate the effectiveness of their windmill and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 18