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  • Energy
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Engineered Music

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind the design of musical instruments. Teams of students explore the engineering behind recorder manufacturing, and then design, construct, test, and evaluate a working musical instrument using easily found materials.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Engineered Sports

Lesson focuses on how the principles of aerospace engineering have impacted golf ball design, along with equipment used in other sports. Students analyze the use of dimples on golf balls, and work as a team of engineers to determine whether adding dimples to airplanes would increase fuel efficiency for the airline industry. They also explore the physics of bounce as it relates to several sports balls.

 

11 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Motion And Forces
  • Technology
 

Engineering Air Traffic

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind air traffic control systems. Students work in teams to evaluate data generated for a virtual air traffic system, and determine a plan to bring three planes safely through a set airspace. They then recommend engineering enhancement to the current system.

 

11 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
  • Simple Machines
 

Engineering Ups and Downs

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind elevators. Teams of students explore principles and requirements of vertical travel, then design and construct a working elevator to service a toy car garage using wheels, pulleys, string, cardboard and other materials.

 

11 - 18

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

Exploring at the Nanoscale

Lesson focuses on how nanotechnology has impacted our society and how engineers have learned to explore the world at the nanoscale. Students participate in hands-on activities to understand exactly how small the nanoscale is, explore how surface area changes at the nano scale, and work in teams to develop futuristic applications of nanotechnology.

 

8 - 14

 
  • Engineering Design
 

Failure: Seeds of Innovation

Lesson focuses on how failure is part of the engineering process. Students work in teams and learn about how many inventions and advances in engineering were brought about after a mistake or failure. Students research an example of such an innovation and develop a presentation related to how the tenacity of the engineer allowed him or her to move past a failure and into the realm of innovation. Students reflect on the value of moving on after a failure or setback, present the results of their research to the class, and provide examples of how the innovation they researched has impacted society—only because the engineer didn't give up.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Environments And Resources
  • Engineering Design
 

Filtration Investigation

Lesson focuses on how filtration systems solve many problems throughout the world such as improving drinking water. Through this lesson, students work in teams to design and build a filtration system to remove dirt from water. Students select from everyday items to build their filter, test the resulting system evaluate the effectiveness of their filters and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Technology
 

Find it with GPS!

Lesson focuses on exploring how the development of global positioning systems has revolutionized both defense and consumer product engineering. Students work in teams to understand the technology behind GPS, explore current applications, and brainstorm new applications for global use of GPS. They use both a simple GPS handheld device and online resources to understand the functioning and potential of this engineering technology.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
  • Structure Of Matter
 

Fizzy Nano Challenge

Lesson focuses on how materials behave differently as their surface area increases. Students learn about nanotechnology and how engineers can harness the behavior of materials at the nanoscale to create solutions in many industries. Students work in teams to explore examples of how surface area impacts functionality. They hypothesize how surface area will impact the performance of antacid tablets, conduct an experiment using whole and crushed tablets to see how they behave when introduced to water, observe what they see, extrapolate to other examples, compare their hypotheses and the results with those of other student teams, reflect on the experience, and share observations with the class.

 

8 - 14

 
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Technology
 

Flashlights and Batteries

Lesson focuses on the concept of electron flow through the demonstration of electrical circuits in a flashlight, and how batteries operate.

 

8 - 11