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Shaky Quake Cake
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In this demonstration, sheet cakes are used to show how tectonic forces ... More

In this demonstration, sheet cakes are used to show how tectonic forces create convergent, divergent and transform plate boundaries. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Shaky Quake. Lesson objectives supported by the video, additional resources, teaching tips and an answer sheet are included in the teacher's guide. Less

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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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Skewers and Garden Poles
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In this activity, learners build scaled-down structures and cantilevers in a series ... More

In this activity, learners build scaled-down structures and cantilevers in a series of "building out" challenges with bamboo skewers and tape. In doing so, learners will experience many of the basic physics and engineering concepts inherent in structures as well as explore the concepts of torque and center-of-mass. This resource guide contains background information, discussion questions and extensions. This activity is a scaled-down version of the "Garden Poles--Building Out" activity (see related resource). Less

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Exploratorium
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Slow the Cylinder
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Students learn why shock absorbers are necessary on vehicles, how they dampen ... More

Students learn why shock absorbers are necessary on vehicles, how they dampen the action of springs, and what factors determine the amount of dampening. They conduct an experiment to determine the effect of spring strength and port diameter on the effectiveness of a shock absorber. Using a syringe, a set of springs, and liquids of different viscosities, students determine the effects of changing pressures and liquids on the action of a model shock absorber. They analyze their data through the lens of an engineer. Less

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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power RET and ERC,
Cliff Orgaard (Alexandria, MN)
Marissa H. Forbes
TeachEngineering.org
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Soapy Stress
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To experience the three types of material stress related to rocks tensional, ... More

To experience the three types of material stress related to rocks tensional, compressional and shear students break bars of soap using only their hands. They apply force created by the muscles in their own hands to put pressure on the soap, a model for the larger scale, real-world phenomena that forms, shapes and moves the rocks of our planet. They also learn the real-life implications of understanding stress in rocks, both for predicting natural hazards and building safe structures. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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Denise Carlson
Jacquelyn Sullivan
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
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Soil Behavior, Spring 2005
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Detailed study of soil properties with emphasis on interpretation of field and ... More

Detailed study of soil properties with emphasis on interpretation of field and laboratory test data and their use in soft-ground construction engineering. Includes: consolidation and secondary compression; basic strength principles; stress-strain strength behavior of clays, emphasizing effects of sample disturbance, anisotropy, and strain rate; strength and compression of granular soils; and engineering properties of compacted soils. Some knowledge of field and laboratory testing assumed. Less

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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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Jen, Lucy
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Spaghetti Bridge
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Learners explore the field of civil engineering by making a bridge using ... More

Learners explore the field of civil engineering by making a bridge using spaghetti as their primary building material. Then they test their bridges to see how much weight they can carry before breaking. This activity allows learners to engage in the entire engineering process as they design, build, test, then discuss their bridges. Resource includes investigating questions to extend learning. Time estimated for activity can be split across multiple meetings. Less

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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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The Squeeze Is On
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Through hands-on group projects, students learn about the force of compression and ... More

Through hands-on group projects, students learn about the force of compression and how it acts on structural components. Using everyday materials, such as paper, toothpicks and tape, they construct structures designed to (hopefully) support the weight of a cinder block for 30 seconds. Less

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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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Center for Engineering Educational Outreach,
TeachEngineering.org
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The Squeeze is On
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Students will learn about the force of compression and how it acts ... More

Students will learn about the force of compression and how it acts on structural components through a hands-on group project. Using everyday products such as paper, toothpicks, and tape they will construct a structure that will support the weight of a cinder block for 30 sec. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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Center for Engineering Ed Outreach, Tufts University
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The Squeeze is On
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Each group of learners uses everyday materials, such as paper, toothpicks, and ... More

Each group of learners uses everyday materials, such as paper, toothpicks, and tape to design and construct a structure intended to support the weight of a cinder block for 30 seconds. Learners utilize the engineering design process, work within constraints of time and materials, and learn about the force of compression and how it acts on structural components. Investigating questions can be used for assessment and discussion. Sample rubric included. Less

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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Center for Engineering Educational Outreach, Tufts University
Tufts University
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Statue Display Tower
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In this activity, learners design, build, test and redesign a display tower ... More

In this activity, learners design, build, test and redesign a display tower that will meet a specific set of criteria and constraints. Learners apply the engineering design process to solve the Golden Book design challenge to make a low cost display tower that can hold a statue and can be taken apart and reassembled easily for transporting from one library to another. Less

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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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IEEE
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Straw Bridges
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Working as engineering teams, students design and create model beam bridges using ... More

Working as engineering teams, students design and create model beam bridges using plastic drinking straws and tape as their construction materials. Their goal is to build the strongest bridge with a truss pattern of their own design, while meeting the design criteria and constraints. They experiment with different geometric shapes and determine how shapes affect the strength of materials. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Chris Valenti
Denali Lander
Denise W. Carlson
Joe Friedrichsen
Jonathan S. Goode
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
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Straw Bridges
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Learners design, build and test a model bridge out of straws. The ... More

Learners design, build and test a model bridge out of straws. The bridge must span 25 cm across a gap between two tables or two chairs. To measure the load, the bridge must securely hold a small cup. Learners test the load by placing as many pennies in the cup as possible and counting how many the bridge can hold. Less

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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
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Stressed and Strained
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Students are introduced to the concepts of stress and strain with examples ... More

Students are introduced to the concepts of stress and strain with examples that illustrate the characteristics and importance of these forces in our everyday lives. They explore the factors that affect stress, why engineers need to know about it, and the ways engineers describe the strength of materials. In an associated literacy activity, while learning about the stages of group formation, group dynamics and team member roles, students discover how collective action can alleviate personal feelings of stress and tension. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Chris Yakacki
Denise Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
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Strong as the Weakest Link
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To introduce the two types of stress that materials undergo compression and ... More

To introduce the two types of stress that materials undergo compression and tension students examine compressive and tensile forces and learn about bridges and skyscrapers. They construct their own building structure using marshmallows and spaghetti to see which structure can hold the most weight. In an associated literacy activity, students explore the psychological concepts of stress and stress management, and complete a writing activity. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Chris Yakacki
Denise Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
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Testing Fundamental Loads
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Students will conduct several simple lab activities to learn about the five ... More

Students will conduct several simple lab activities to learn about the five fundamental load types that can act on structures: tension, compression, shear, bending, and torsion. In this activity, students break foam insulation blocks by applying these five fundamental load types (tension, compression, shear, bending and torsion). Students will study carefully each type of fracture pattern (break in the material) and make drawings of the fracture patterns in their notes in order to learn the telltale marks of failure due to each fundamental load type. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
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Center for Engineering Ed Outreach, Tufts University
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Testing Fundamental Loads
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Students conduct several simple lab activities to learn about the five fundamental ... More

Students conduct several simple lab activities to learn about the five fundamental load types that can act on structures: tension, compression, shear, bending, and torsion. To learn the telltale marks of failure caused by these load types, they break foam insulation blocks by applying these five load types, carefully examine each type of fracture pattern (break in the material) and make drawings of the fracture patterns. Less

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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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Center for Engineering Educational Outreach,
TeachEngineering.org
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Tower O' Power
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In this activity, students learn about creating a design directly from a ... More

In this activity, students learn about creating a design directly from a CAD (computer-aided design) program. They will design a tower in CAD and manufacture the parts with a laser cutter. A competition determines the tower design with the best strength:weight ratio. Students also investigate basic structural truss concepts and stress concentrations. Partnership with a local college or manufacturing center is necessary for the completion of this project. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Christopher M. Yakacki
Diana Wiant
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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You Can Say That Again!
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This activity helps students learn how computers "compress" text by identifying repeating ... More

This activity helps students learn how computers "compress" text by identifying repeating patterns of letters, words, and phrases. Students use poems or nursery rhymes as their source text, draw boxes around repeating parts, and use arrows to point to earlier parts of the text that can be used to "uncompress" the text. The boxes and arrows are then related to the numbers that computers use in compression. An extension has students try compressing a much longer story, "The Three Little Pigs." Less

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Computer Science
Mathematics and Statistics
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Computer Science Unplugged
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Computer Science Unplugged
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Brian Mason Scientific and Technical Trust
Computer Science Unplugged
Google Inc.
Ian Witten
Jane McKenzie
Mike Fellows
Robyn Adams
Tim Bell
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