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  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
  • Technology
 

Folding Matters

Lesson focuses on how the process of folding has impacts on engineering and is evident in nature. Students consider many applications of folding such as parachutes, wings in a cocoon, heart stents, and solar panels in space. They work in teams to create a model out of everyday items of a solar panel that can be folded (for transport) and expanded (in space). Students design their solar panel on paper, build it for transport, and open or test it. All teams evaluate their results, reflect on their design, and present to the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Technology
 

Fun with Sorting

The lesson focuses on introducing the fundamental problem of “sorting an array” to pre-university students.

 

10 - 16

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Fun with Speedboats

Lesson focuses on how engineers and ship designers have developed boats with a goal of breaking a water speed record. Students work in teams to develop a boat out of everyday materials that will prove to be the fastest in the classroom covering a distance of 5 feet or 150 centimeters along a classroom trough. Students design, build, and test their speedboats; evaluate their designs and those of classmates; and share observations with their class.

 

11 - 18

 
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Technology
 

Get Connected With Ohm's Law

Demonstrate Ohm's Law using digital multi-meters. Fun hands-on activities are presented that demonstrate Ohm's Law. Teachers use digital multi-meters to collect data that are plotted to show that voltage and current are related by linear functions for ordinary resistors and by power functions for light bulbs.

 

10 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Get it Write

Lesson focuses on how writing instruments have been engineered over time. Students work in teams to design and build a functional "pen" out of everyday materials that can deliver washable liquid watercolor (ink) to a sheet of paper in a controlled manner. They design their pen, build and test their design, evaluate their results, and share observations with the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Energy
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Getting Your Bearings

Lesson focuses on the concept of friction and the use of ball bearings to reduce friction.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Technology
 

Give Binary a Try!

Lesson focuses on how binary codes function and binary applications for computer engineers. The lesson offers students an activity to learn to download software and read online binary clock, and advanced students an opportunity to build one from a kit.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Energy
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Give Me a Brake

Lesson focuses on brakes, force, and friction, using bicycle rim brakes to demonstrate basic braking mechanisms to stop, slow, or prevent motion.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Human Body
  • Mathematical Applications
 

Hand Biometrics Technology

Lesson focuses on engineering applications of biometric technologies for identification or security applications. After exploring hand geometry biometrics, students work in teams of "engineers" to evaluate pros and cons of incorporating a hand recognition biometric technology into a new security system for a museum.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Human Body
  • Motion And Forces
 

Heart of the Matter

Lesson focuses on the engineering and operation of artificial heart valves, and the interface between man and machine.

 

8 - 18