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  • Energy
  • Engineering Design
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Motion And Forces
  • Weather
 

Measuring the Wind

Lesson focuses on how anemometers are engineered to measure the speed of wind, and how designs have changed over time. Student teams design and build a working anemometer out of everyday products and learn about how anemometers are used for feasibility tests on locations considering alternative energy from wind turbines. Student anemometers must be able to sustain the wind generated by a fan or hairdryer at varying speed and students must develop a way to measure and chart rotations at different wind speeds. Students evaluate the effectiveness of their anemometer and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Move That Lighthouse!

Lesson focuses on how engineers have to evaluate multiple structural, economic, and environmental factors when moving a building.

 

8 - 18

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

Nano Waterproofing

Lesson focuses on how nanotechnology has impacted the design and engineering of many everyday items, from paint to fabrics. Students learn about the hydrophobic effect and how similar properties can be introduced by reengineering products at the nano level. Students work in teams to develop a waterproof material and compare their results with nano waterproof materials developed recently by engineers and scientists.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Environments And Resources
  • Engineering Design
 

Oil Spill Solutions

Lesson focuses on how engineers use various techniques to provide speedy solutions to oil spills or other threats to natural water resources. Through this lesson, students work in teams to analyze an "oil spill" in the classroom, then design, build, and test a system to first contain, and then remove the oil from the water. Students select from everyday items to build their oil containment and clean-up systems, evaluate the effectiveness of their solution and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 18

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

Pendulum Time

Lesson focuses on how pendulums have been used to measure time and how mechanical mechanism pendulum clocks operate. Students work in teams to develop a pendulum out of everyday objects that can reliably measure time and operate at two different speeds. They will determine the materials, the optimal length of swing or size of weight to adjust speed, and then develop their designs on paper. Next, they will build and test their mechanism, compare their results with other student teams, and share observations with their class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Environments And Resources
  • Engineering Design
 

Pipeline Challenge

Lesson focuses on how engineers develop pipeline systems to transport oil, water, gas, and other materials over very long distances. Students work in teams of "engineers" to develop a pipeline system to transport both a golf ball and ping pong ball across the classroom terrain.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Environments And Resources
  • Motion And Forces
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Planting with Precision

Lesson introduces students to agricultural engineering by challenging them to engineer a system out of everyday materials that can drop a seed every 15 centimeters over a 60 centimeter distance. Students learn about seed drills and planters and consider the impact these inventions have had on farming and agriculture over the years. Students build and test their planters, evaluate their designs and those of classmates, and share observations with their class.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Engineering Design
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Motion And Forces
 

Playing with Parachutes

This lesson focuses on parachute design. Teams of students construct parachutes from everyday materials. They then test their parachutes to determine whether they can transport a metal washer to a target on the ground with the slowest possible rate of descent.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Environments And Resources
  • Engineering Design
  • Properties Of Materials
 

Pollution Patrol

This lesson focuses on devices that are used to detect air pollution. Teams of students construct outdoor air pollution detectors from everyday materials. They then test their devices to see how much particulate pollutants they can capture.

 

8 - 18

 
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion And Forces
 

Popsicle Bridge

Lesson focuses on how bridges are engineered to withstand weight, while being durable, and in some cases aesthetically pleasing. Students work in teams to design and build their own bridge out of up to 200 popsicle sticks and glue. Bridges must have a span of at least 14 inches and be able to hold a five pound weight (younger students) or a twenty pound weight (older students). Students are encouraged to be frugal, and use the fewest number of popsicle sticks while still achieving their goals. Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their own bridge designs and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

 

8 - 18