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Intro to Engineering

Intro to Engineering

ĺö́ŕtudents are introduced to the basic principles behind engineering and the types ... (more)

ĺö́ŕtudents are introduced to the basic principles behind engineering and the types of engineering while learning about a popular topic - the Olympics. The involvement of engineering in modern sports is amazing and pervasive. Students learn about the techniques of engineering problem solving, including brainstorming and the engineering design process. The importance of thinking out of the box is stressed through a discussion of the engineering required to build grand, often complex, Olympic event centers. Students review what they know about kinetic and potential energy as they investigate the design of energy-absorbing materials, relating this to the design of lighter, faster and stronger sporting equipment to improve athletic performance and protect athletes. Students consider states of matter and material properties as they see the role of chemical engineering in the Olympics. Students also learn about transportation and the environment, the relationship between architecture and environment, and the relationship between architecture and engineering. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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Engineering in Reverse!

Engineering in Reverse!

Students learn about the process of reverse engineering and how this technique ... (more)

Students learn about the process of reverse engineering and how this technique is used to improve upon technology. Students analyze push-toys and draw diagrams of the predicted mechanisms inside the toys. Then, they disassemble the toys and draw the actual inner mechanisms. By understanding how the push-toys function, students make suggestions for improvement, such as cost effectiveness, improved functionality, ecological friendliness and any additional functionality they determine is an improvement. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Schroeder
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Architects and Engineers

Architects and Engineers

Students explore the interface between architecture and engineering. In the associated hands-on ... (more)

Students explore the interface between architecture and engineering. In the associated hands-on activity, students act as both architects and engineers by designing and building a small parking garage. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Abigail Watrous
Denali Lander
Janet Yowell
Katherine Beggs
Melissa Straten
Sara Stemler
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Engineering Bones

Engineering Bones

Students extend their knowledge of the skeletal system to biomedical engineering design, ... (more)

Students extend their knowledge of the skeletal system to biomedical engineering design, specifically the concept of artificial limbs. Students relate the skeleton as a structural system, focusing on the leg as structural necessity. They learn about the design considerations involved in the creation of artificial limbs, including materials and sensors. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
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Olympic Engineering

Olympic Engineering

The lesson begins by introducing Olympics as the unit theme. The purpose ... (more)

The lesson begins by introducing Olympics as the unit theme. The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the techniques of engineering problem solving. Specific techniques covered in the lesson include brainstorming and the engineering design process. The importance of thinking out of the box is also stressed to show that while some tasks seem impossible, they can be done. This introduction includes a discussion of the engineering required to build grand, often complex, Olympic event centers. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Abigail Watrous
Denali Lander
Janet Yowell
Katherine Beggs
Melissa Straten
Tod Sullivan
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Animals and Engineering

Animals and Engineering

Students are introduced to the classification of animals and animal interactions. Students ... (more)

Students are introduced to the classification of animals and animal interactions. Students also learn why engineers need to know about animals and how they use that knowledge to design technologies that help other animals and/or humans. This lesson is part of a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Katherine Beggs
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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Engineering in Sports

Engineering in Sports

Imagining themselves arriving at the Olympic gold medal soccer game in Beijing, ... (more)

Imagining themselves arriving at the Olympic gold medal soccer game in Beijing, students begin to think about how engineering is involved in sports. After a discussion of kinetic and potential energy, an associated hands-on activity gives students an opportunity to explore energy absorbing materials as they try to protect an egg from being crushed. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Abigail Watrous
Connor Lowrey
Denali Lander
Janet Yowell
Katherine Beggs
Melissa Straten
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Engineer a Sneaker

Engineer a Sneaker

The goal is for students to understand the basics of engineering that ... (more)

The goal is for students to understand the basics of engineering that go into the design of a sneaker. The bottom or sole of a sneaker provides support, cushioning, and traction. In addition the sole is flexible and can have some fashion based functions such as cool colors and added height. The sneaker is a well-engineered product, utilizing a variety of materials to create a highly functional, useful shoe. This unit focuses on having the students select specific design requirements, such as good traction or lots of cushioning, and then select from a variety of materials to build a model shoe with the same design criteria. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN)
Author:
M. Cyr
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Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

In this unit, students explore the various roles of environmental engineers, including: ... (more)

In this unit, students explore the various roles of environmental engineers, including: environmental cleanup, water quality, groundwater resources, surface water and groundwater flow, water contamination, waste disposal and air pollution. Specifically, students learn about the factors that affect water quality and the conditions that allow for different animals and plants to survive in their environment. Next, students learn about groundwater and how environmental engineers study groundwater to predict the distribution of surface pollution. Students also learn how water flows through the ground, what an aquifer is and what soil properties are used to predict groundwater flow. Additionally, students discover that the water they drink everyday comes from many different sources, including surface water and groundwater. They investigate possible scenarios of drinking water contamination and how contaminants can negatively affect the organisms that come in contact with them. Students learn about the three most common methods of waste disposal and how environmental engineers continue to develop technologies to dispose of trash. Lastly, students learn what causes air pollution and how to investigate the different pollutants that exist, such as toxic gases and particulate matter. Also, they investigate the technologies developed by engineers to reduce air pollution. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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Engineering Pop-Ups

Engineering Pop-Ups

Students learn about applied forces as they create pop-up-books the art of ... (more)

Students learn about applied forces as they create pop-up-books the art of paper engineering. They also learn the basic steps of the engineering design process. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
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Audio Engineers: Sound Weavers

Audio Engineers: Sound Weavers

In this lesson, students are introduced to audio engineers. They discover in ... (more)

In this lesson, students are introduced to audio engineers. They discover in what type of an environment audio engineers work and exactly what they do on a day-to-day basis. Students come to realize that audio engineers help produce their favorite music and movies. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Michael Bendewald
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Copycat Engineers

Copycat Engineers

This lesson introduces students to the idea of biomimicry or looking to ... (more)

This lesson introduces students to the idea of biomimicry or looking to nature for engineering ideas. Biomimicry involves solving human problems by mimicking natural solutions, and it works well because the solutions exist naturally. There are numerous examples of useful applications of biomimicry, and in this lesson we look at a few fun examples. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Glen Sirakavit
Janet Yowell
Karen King
Megan Podlogar
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Engineering for the Earth

Engineering for the Earth

Young students are introduced to the complex systems of the Earth through ... (more)

Young students are introduced to the complex systems of the Earth through numerous lessons on the Earth's natural resources, processes, weather, climate and landforms. Key earth science topics include rocks, soils and minerals, water and natural resources, weather patterns and climatic regions, wind, erosion, landforms, and the harvesting of fossil fuels all presented from an engineering point-of-view. (See the Unit Overview section for a list of topics by lesson.) Through many hands-on activities, students build and test sand castles for construction strength, measure snow melt as a potential water source, use colored ice cubes and salt water to learn about ocean currents, make 3-D water catchment basins, make surface tension/surfactant-powered paper boats, build and use wind vanes, build and test model wind turbines, model and observe five types of erosion, model acid rain using chalk and kitchen supplies, build transportation systems across their own 3-D model landscapes, take core samples from a clay model of the Earth's crust, read and create graphs and charts as they learn about international oil production and consumption, act as engineers by specifying the power plants to build for communities, given scenarios with budgets, energy needs and environmental impacts. They learn the steps of the engineering design process as they hypothesize ways engineers might obtain water for communities facing water crises. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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Engineering: Simple Machines

Engineering: Simple Machines

Simple machines are devices with few or no moving parts that make ... (more)

Simple machines are devices with few or no moving parts that make work easier. Students are introduced to the six types of simple machines the wedge, wheel and axle, lever, inclined plane, screw, and pulley in the context of the construction of a pyramid, gaining high-level insights into tools that have been used since ancient times and are still in use today. In two hands-on activities, students begin their own pyramid design by performing materials calculations, and evaluating and selecting a construction site. The six simple machines are examined in more depth in subsequent lessons in this unit. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Glen Sirakavit
Greg Ramsey
Jacquelyn Sullivan
Lawrence E. Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
with design input from the students in the spring 2005 K-12 Engineering Outreach Corps course
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Engineering and the Periodic Table

Engineering and the Periodic Table

Students learn about the periodic table and how pervasive the elements are ... (more)

Students learn about the periodic table and how pervasive the elements are in our daily lives. After reviewing the table organization and facts about the first 20 elements, they play an element identification game. They also learn that engineers incorporate these elements into the design of new products and processes. Acting as computer and animation engineers, students creatively express their new knowledge by creating a superhero character based on of the elements they now know so well. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Kay
Denise W. Carlson
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
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Engineers Speak for the Trees

Engineers Speak for the Trees

Students begin by reading Dr. Seuss' The Lorax as an example of ... (more)

Students begin by reading Dr. Seuss' The Lorax as an example of how over-development can cause long-lasting environmental destruction. Students discuss how to balance the needs of the environment with the needs of human industry. Student teams are asked to serve as natural resource engineers, city planning engineers and civil engineers with the task to replant the nearly destroyed forest and develop a sustainable community design that can co-exist with the re-established natural area. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Jacob Crosby
Kate Beggs
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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Biomedical Engineering and the Human Body

Biomedical Engineering and the Human Body

Human beings are fascinating and complex living organisms a symphony of different ... (more)

Human beings are fascinating and complex living organisms a symphony of different functional systems working in concert. Through a nine-lesson series with hands-on activities students are introduced to seven systems of the human body skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, sensory, and reproductive as well as genetics. At every stage, they are also introduced to engineers' creative, real-world involvement in caring for the human body. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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Engineering and the Human Body

Engineering and the Human Body

The Engineering and the Human Body unit covers the broad spectrum of ... (more)

The Engineering and the Human Body unit covers the broad spectrum of topics that make-up our very amazing human body. Students are introduced to the space environment and learn the major differences between the environment on Earth and that of outer space. The engineering challenges that arise because of these discrepancies are also discussed. Then, students dive into the different components that make up the human body: muscles, bones and joints, the digestive and circulatory systems, the nervous and endocrine systems, the urinary system, the respiratory system, and finally the immune system. Students learn about the different types of muscles in the human body and the effects of microgravity on muscles. Also, they learn about the skeleton, the number of and types of bones in the body, and how outer space affects astronauts' bones. In the lessons on the digestive, circulatory, nervous and endocrine systems, students learn how these vital system work and the challenges faced by astronauts whose systems are impacted by spaceflight. And lastly, advances in engineering technology are discussed through the lessons on the urinary, respiratory and immune systems while students learn how these systems work with all the other body components to help keep the human body healthy. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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Art in Engineering - Moving Art

Art in Engineering - Moving Art

Students learn how forces are used in the creation of art. They ... (more)

Students learn how forces are used in the creation of art. They come to understand that it is not just bridge and airplane designers who are concerned about how forces interact with objects, but artists as well. As "paper engineers," students create their own mobiles and pop-up books, and identify and use the forces (air currents, gravity, hand movement) acting upon them. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
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Simple Machines and Modern Day Engineering Analogies

Simple Machines and Modern Day Engineering Analogies

Students apply the mechanical advantages and problem-solving capabilities of six types of ... (more)

Students apply the mechanical advantages and problem-solving capabilities of six types of simple machines (wedge, wheel and axle, lever, inclined plane, screw, pulley) as they discuss modern structures in the spirit of the engineers and builders of the great pyramids. While learning the steps of the engineering design process, students practice teamwork, creativity and problem solving. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brett S. Ellison
Denise Carlson
Jacquelyn Sullivan
Lawrence E. Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
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Full Course
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
George Kocur
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