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  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Critical Load

Lesson focuses on issues civil engineers face, including critical load and how to reinforce the design of a structure to hold more weight.

 

8 - 14

 
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Design a Dome

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind building framing for structures, and explores examples of geodesic domes and other buildings. Students work in teams to design and build a small dome frame out of everyday items that can hold a weight on top without collapsing.

 

8 - 18

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

Design and Build a Better Candy Bag

Demonstrate how product design differences can affect the success of a final product -- in this case a bag for holding candy. Students work in pairs to evaluate, design, and build a better candy bag.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Dispenser Designs

Lesson focuses on how engineers have to design objects to meet the needs of users, while considering the limitations of materials, and the implications of cost.

 

11 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
  • Properties Of Materials
  • Technology
 

EEEEK- A Mouse!

Lesson focuses on computer and mechanical engineering and explores how computer mice operate and how engineering provided an interface between man and machine.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Technology
 

Electric Messages: Then and Now

Lesson focuses on exploring electric message systems, from light signals using International Morse Code to text messaging. Students construct a simple telegraph using a battery, wires, a switch, and bulb, and explore the impact of communications on society.

 

8 - 14

 
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Technology
 

Electric Switches

Demonstrate how electric circuits can be controlled with a simple switch. Note: This lesson plan is designed for classroom use only, with supervision by a teacher familiar with electrical and electronic concepts.

 

8 - 11

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
  • Properties Of Materials
  • Technology
 

Engineer a Cane

Lesson focuses on how engineers improve assistive devices such as a cane to meet the needs of the elderly. Students work in teams to re-engineer a cane for a "client." They are assigned a client profile, develop a design to suit the needs of the user, and those in older grades build a working prototype of their design.

 

8 - 18

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

Engineer a Dam

Lesson focuses on the different uses of dams and how they are engineered. Students work in teams to develop a system of damming water in a trough. The system must completely hold back the water and also have a way of executing a controlled release.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Engineering Design
  • Technology
 

Engineered Memory

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind storage devices, and engineering improvements over time. Though exploring the operation of the "floppy" disk, students explore the mechanics underlying operation, and then test the disk under a variety of conditions.

 

8 - 18