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Erosion in Rivers
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Erosion in Rivers

Students learn about water erosion through an experimental process in which small-scale ... (more)

Students learn about water erosion through an experimental process in which small-scale buildings are placed along a simulated riverbank to experience a range of flooding conditions. They learn how soil conditions are important to the stability or failure of civil engineering projects and how a river's turns and bends (curvature, sinuosity) make a difference in the likelihood of erosion. They make model buildings either with a 3D printer or with LEGO® pieces and then see how their designs and riverbank placements are impacted by slow (laminar) and fast (turbulent) water flow over the soil. Students make predictions, observations and conclusions about the stability of their model houses, and develop ideas for how to mitigate damage in civil engineering projects. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
AMPS GK-12 Program,
Sophia Mercurio, Eduardo Suescun
TeachEngineering.org
Rock Solid
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Rock Solid

Rocks cover the earth's surface, including what is below or near human-made ... (more)

Rocks cover the earth's surface, including what is below or near human-made structures. With rocks everywhere, breaking rocks can be hazardous and potentially disastrous to people. Students are introduced to three types of material stress related to rocks: compressional, torsional and shear. They learn about rock types (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic), and about the occurrence of stresses and weathering in nature, including physical, chemical and biological weathering. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jacquelyn F. Sullivan
Jacquelyn Sullivan
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
TeachEngineering.org
Soapy Stress
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Soapy Stress

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)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Jacquelyn Sullivan
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
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