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

 
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  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Engineering Design
  • Light And Heat
 

Here Comes the Sun

Lesson focuses on solar panel design, and its application in the standard calculator. It explores how both solar panels and calculators operate and explores simple circuits using solar power.

 

8 - 18

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

How the Rubber Meets the Road

Lesson focuses on how engineers design tire treads to increase safety and reliability. Students are presented with the challenge of designing a new tire tread that will be safe when driving in rainy conditions. Student teams will design and construct a sample tread out of clay, then test and evaluate the effectiveness of the design, evaluate their results, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Hull Engineering

Lesson focuses on how the shape of ship's hull can impact its speed and stability potential in water. Teams of students design and test their own ship's hull on paper, and build it using foam and other everyday materials.

 

11 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Light And Heat
  • Technology
 

Infrared Investigations

Lesson focuses on how infrared technology is used by engineers creating equipment and system for a variety of industries. Teams of students explore the application of infrared in remote controls, test materials that encourage or prevent infrared transmission, and develop systems that allow transmission of infrared in restricted environments.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Technology
 

Insulators and Conductors

Demonstrating the concept of conducting or insulating electricity. Note: This lesson plan is designed for classroom use only, with supervision by a teacher familiar with electrical and electronic concepts.

 

8 - 11

 
  • Energy
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Interactive Gumball Machine

Students explore potential and kinetic energy while working in teams to design and build an interactive gumball machine.

 

10 - 18

 
  • Environments And Resources
  • Engineering Design
 

Irrigation Ideas

Lesson focuses on how through the centuries man has had the need to move water from one place to another. Engineered irrigation has proved critical throughout the world. Through this lesson, students work in teams to design and build a system to move water from one source to two different delivery areas. The challenge is to move two cups of water for at least three feet and distribute it evenly in two separate containers. They work with everyday items, develop a plan, build their "irrigation" system, and test their system. Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their own irrigation systems and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Energy
  • Engineering Design
  • Light And Heat
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Keep it Cool

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind keeping food and other items cool. Students work in teams to develop a system to make an insulated liquid container that will keep chilled water as cool as possible for an hour using everyday items. Students will need to devise a way to have a thermometer rest in the water and be able to read the temperature throughout the hour. They plan their design, execute and test their system and share their experiences with the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Life Vest Challenge

Lesson explores the engineering behind life vests or personal flotation devices and the challenges met by these devices. Students work in teams to design and build a flotation device out of everyday materials that can keep an unopened can of soup or vegetables afloat in a bucket of water or sink for a minute. They design their life vest, build and test it, evaluate their designs and those of classmates, and share observations with their class.

 

8 - 14

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Technology
  • Weather
 

Making Sense of Sensors

Lesson focuses on how sensors are used in many applications to gather information about our environment. This lesson focuses on the hygrometer, a sensor used to measure humidity. Through this lesson, students work in teams to design and build a hygrometer out of everyday items to measure humidity levels. The student hygrometers are not meant to be exact, but are expected to indicate a change. Students select from everyday items to build their hygrometer, test their machine using a spray bottle to increase humidity, evaluate the effectiveness of their system and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 18