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Build a Birdhouse
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Build a Birdhouse

Students will construct bird nests and birdhouses. The students will research a ... (more)

Students will construct bird nests and birdhouses. The students will research a bird of their choice in order to design a house that will meet that bird's specific needs. This activity works well in conjunction with a 9th-12th wood shop class whose students would partner up with your class, however this is not a necessity. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Build a Birdhouse
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Build a Birdhouse

Students construct bird nests and birdhouses. They research birds of their choosing ... (more)

Students construct bird nests and birdhouses. They research birds of their choosing and then design houses that meet the birds' specific needs. It works well to conduct this activity in conjunction with a grades 9-12 woodshop class by partnering the older students with the younger students (but it is not required to do this in order to conduct the activity). (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
K-12 Outreach Office,
TeachEngineering.org
HAZ-ED - Classroom Activities for Understanding Hazardous Waste
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HAZ-ED - Classroom Activities for Understanding Hazardous Waste

Hazed materials can be used as part of a larger curriculum, as ... (more)

Hazed materials can be used as part of a larger curriculum, as special stand-alone activities, or on an occasional basis to teach students about hazardous waste issues. Hazed is a compilation of interdisciplinary activities that focus on the often complicated and sometimes controversial scientific, technical, and policy issues related to hazardous waste sites and Superfund. It is designed to help students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. It also increases environmental awareness and encourages an environmental ethic in students. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Reference
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Environmental Protection Agency
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
DLESE Community Collection
Site and Urban Systems Planning, Spring 2002
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Site and Urban Systems Planning, Spring 2002

The planning of sites and the infrastructure systems which serve them. Site ... (more)

The planning of sites and the infrastructure systems which serve them. Site analysis, spatial organization of uses on sites, design of roadways and subdivision patterns, grading plans, utility systems, analysis of runoff, parking requirements, traffic and off-site impacts, landscaping. Lectures on analytical techniques and examples of good site-planning practice. Assignments on each aspect of subject. The Site and Urban Systems Planning course provides a unique opportunity to engage in the exploration, utilization and critical assessment of new multi-layered manipulative simulation interfaces. Developed by the Tangible Media Group at the Media Lab, these platforms combine and update digital and tangible data in ways that promise to enhance design and planning processes and communication with the public. By testing and applying these platforms, as well as traditional methods, we will be able to learn various approaches involved in evaluating and planning sites. These approaches include: 1. Understanding spatial as well as temporal relationships between individual site factors and local or regional context. 2. Identifying basic relationships between natural and cultural processes and how they influence site-planning decisions. 3. Evaluating natural and cultural site systems as they shape design programs and goals. 4. Evaluating and critiquing alternative site development proposals. 5. Practicing common as well as new techniques commonly utilized by site planning professionals. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ben-Joseph, Eran
System Design and Analysis based on AD and Complexity Theories, Spring 2005
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System Design and Analysis based on AD and Complexity Theories, Spring 2005

Introduction to axiomatic design. Theoretical basis for rational design. One-FR Design. Multi-FR ... (more)

Introduction to axiomatic design. Theoretical basis for rational design. One-FR Design. Multi-FR design. System design. Software design. Product design. Materials and materials process design. Manufacturing system design. Complexities in design: time-independent real complexity, time-independent imaginary complexity, time-dependent combinatorial complexity, and time-dependent periodic complexity. Industrial case studies. This course studies what makes a good design and how one develops a good design. Students consider how the design of engineered systems (such as hardware, software, materials, and manufacturing systems) differ from the "design" of natural systems such as biological systems; discuss complexity and how one makes use of complexity theory to improve design; and discover how one uses axiomatic design theory (AD theory) in design of many different kinds of engineered systems. Questions are analyzed using Axiomatic Design Theory and Complexity Theory. Case studies are presented including the design of machines, tribological systems, materials, manufacturing systems, and recent inventions. Implications of AD and complexity theories on biological systems discussed. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Case Study
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Lee, Taesik
Suh, Nam
Urban Design Seminar, Spring 2005
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Urban Design Seminar, Spring 2005

This course is a requirement for completion of the Urban Design Certificate ... (more)

This course is a requirement for completion of the Urban Design Certificate Program. It investigates the complex nature of 'successful' urban design, and attempts to identify and evaluate examples of urban design that are at the leading edge of practice, anticipating the future. The seminar will deal with two parallel questions: What are the key trends that will shape the future form and function of cities? and how will these changes affect the role of the urban designer? The first part of the seminar focuses on the present, and the second part of the semester will consider the future. After the course surveys the landscape of contemporary urban design practice, the challenge it will pose to students will be to identify the trajectory of cities and city design from both physical and social perspectives. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Frenchman, Dennis M.
Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City, Fall 2004
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Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City, Fall 2004

An introduction to the methods of recording, evaluating, and communicating about the ... (more)

An introduction to the methods of recording, evaluating, and communicating about the urban environment. Through visual observation, field analysis, measurements, interviews, and other means, students learn to draw on their senses and develop their ability to deduce, conclude, question, and test conclusions about how the environment is used and valued. Through the use of representational tools such as drawing, photographing, computer modeling and desktop publishing, students communicate what is observed as well as their impressions and ideas. Intended as a foundation for future studio work in urban design. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ben-Joseph, Eran
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