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Biodomes Engineering Design Project: Lessons 2-6
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In this multi-day activity, students explore environments, ecosystems, energy flow and organism ... More

In this multi-day activity, students explore environments, ecosystems, energy flow and organism interactions by creating a scale model biodome, following the steps of the engineering design process. The Procedure section provides activity instructions for Biodomes unit, lessons 2-6, as students work through Parts 1-6 to develop their model biodome. Subjects include energy flow and food chains, basic needs of plants and animals, and the importance of decomposers. Students consider why a solid understanding of one's environment and the interdependence of an ecosystem can inform the choices we make and the way we engineer our own communities. This activity can be conducted as either a very structured or open-ended design. Less

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Engineering
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Christopher Valenti
Denise Carlson
Katherine Beggs
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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Biomimicry: Natural Designs
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Students learn about biomimicry and how engineers often imitate nature in the ... More

Students learn about biomimicry and how engineers often imitate nature in the design of innovative new products. They demonstrate their knowledge of biomimicry by practicing brainstorming and designing a new product based on what they know about animals and nature. Less

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Engineering
Biology
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Katherine Beggs
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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Break the Tension
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Students learn about and experiment with the concept of surface tension. How ... More

Students learn about and experiment with the concept of surface tension. How can a paper clip "float" on top of water? How can a paper boat be powered by soap in water? How do water striders "walk" on top of water? Why do engineers care about surface tension? Students answer these questions as they investigate surface tension and surfactants. Less

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Engineering
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Janet Yowell
Jay Shah
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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Clearing a Path to the Heart
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Following the engineering design process and acting as biomedical engineers, student teams ... More

Following the engineering design process and acting as biomedical engineers, student teams use everyday materials to design and develop devices and approaches to unclog blood vessels. They learn about the circulatory system, biomedical engineering, and conditions that lead to heart attacks and strokes. Less

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Engineering
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Jay Shah
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Todd Curtis
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Design Inspired by Nature Activity
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Students discover how engineers can use biomimicry to enhance their designs. They ... More

Students discover how engineers can use biomimicry to enhance their designs. They learn how careful observation of nature becoming a nature detective, so to speak can lead to new innovations and products. In this activity, students reverse engineer a flower to glean design ideas for new products. Less

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Engineering
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Zarke
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Design Step 3: Brainstorm Possible Solutions
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Brainstorming is a team creativity activity that helps generate a large number ... More

Brainstorming is a team creativity activity that helps generate a large number of potential solutions to a problem. In this activity, students participate in a group brainstorming activity to generate possible solutions to their engineering design challenge. Students learn brainstorming guidelines and practice within their teams to create a poster of ideas. The posters are used in a large group critiquing activity that ultimately helps student teams create a design project outline. (Note: Conduct this activity in the context of a design project that students are working on; this activity is Step 3 in a series of six that guide students through the engineering design loop.) Less

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
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Designing Bridges
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Students learn about the types of possible loads, how to calculate ultimate ... More

Students learn about the types of possible loads, how to calculate ultimate load combinations, and investigate the different sizes for the beams (girders) and columns (piers) of simple bridge design. Students learn the steps that engineers use to design bridges: understanding the problem, determining the potential bridge loads, calculating the highest possible load, and calculating the amount of material needed to resist the loads. Less

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Christopher Valenti
Denali Lander
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program and Laboratory,
Joe Friedrichsen
Jonathan S. Goode
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
TeachEngineering.org
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Engineering Pop-Ups
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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

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Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
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Engineering and the Periodic Table
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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

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Engineering
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Kay
Denise W. Carlson
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
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Engineers Love Pizza, Too!
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In this service-learning engineering project, students follow the steps of the engineering ... More

In this service-learning engineering project, students follow the steps of the engineering design process to design an assistive eating device for a client. More specifically, they design a prototype device to help a young girl who has a medical condition that restricts the motion of her joints. Her wish is to eat her favorite food, pizza, without getting her nose wet. Students learn about arthrogryposis and how it affects the human body as they act as engineers to find a solution to this open-ended design challenge and build a working prototype. This project works even better if you arrange for a client in your own community. Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Eszter Horanyi
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jonathan MacNeil
Malinda Zarske
M. Travis O'Hair
Stephanie Rivale, Brandi Briggs (This activity was taught at Skyline High School in Longmont, CO. A special thanks to Sarah Delaney and Jordian Summers for their help in developing this activity.)
TeachEngineering.org
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English Composition I
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This course promotes clear and effective communication by sharpening critical thinking and ... More

This course promotes clear and effective communication by sharpening critical thinking and writing skills. The first unit is designed to change the way in which students think about writing--as a conversation rather than a solitary act. The second unit focuses on academic writing and explores the PWR-Writing or Power-Writing Method (PWR Pre-Write, Write, Revise). The remaining units will focus on the minutiae of good writing practices, from style to citation methodology. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Demonstrate mastery of principles of grammar, usage, mechanics, and sentence structure. Identify the thesis in another individual's essay. Develop a thesis statement, structure it in an introductory paragraph, and support it with the body of the essay. Organize ideas logically within an essay, deploying adequate transitional devices to ensure coherence, flow, and focus. Differentiate between rhetorical strategies and write with an awareness of rhetorical technique and audience. Differentiate between tones and write with an awareness of how tone affects the audience's experience. Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking for reading and writing purposes. Quote, paraphrase, and document the work of others. Write sentences that vary in length and structure. (English 001) Less

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Composition and Rhetoric
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
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Assessments
Full Course
Readings
Syllabi
Video Lectures
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The Saylor Foundation
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Saylor Foundation
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Hot Problem Solving
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Student teams follow the steps of the engineering design process to meet ... More

Student teams follow the steps of the engineering design process to meet the challenge of getting their entire class from one location on the playground to the sidewalk without touching the ground between. The class develops a well thought-out plan while following the steps of the engineering design process. Then, they test their solution by going outside and trying it out. Through the post-activity assessment, they compare their problem-solving experience to real life engineering challenges, such as creating new forms of transportation or new product invention. Less

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Engineering
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jackie Sullivan
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
TeachEngineering.org
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Hot Problem Solving
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Student teams follow the steps of the engineering design process to meet ... More

Student teams follow the steps of the engineering design process to meet the challenge of getting their entire class from one location on the playground to the sidewalk without touching the ground between. The class develops a well thought-out plan while following the steps of the engineering design process. Then, they test their solution by going outside and trying it out. Through the post-activity assessment, they compare their problem-solving experience to real life engineering challenges, such as creating new forms of transportation or new product invention. Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Jackie Sullivan
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
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How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services, Spring 2004
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Until recently, development of very novel products or services has largely been ... More

Until recently, development of very novel products or services has largely been a matter of chance and luck. Recent research into the innovation process now makes it possible to develop methods to systematically identify product and service ideas that offer very novel functionality to users. Subject examines both research findings on idea generation processes and related practical concept development methods. First-term half subject. To prosper, firms must develop major product and service innovations. Often, though, they don't know how. Recent research into the innovation process has made it possible to develop "breakthroughs" systematically. 15.356 presents several practical concept development methods, such as the "Lead User Method," where manufacturers learn from innovative customers. Expert guest speakers present case studies that show the "art" required to implement a concept development method. 15.356 is a half-term subject. Less

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Manufacturing
Material Type:
Case Study
Full Course
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Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Video Lectures
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
von Hippel, Eric
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Literature Biography Project
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For this project, students will learn to develop the various processes used ... More

For this project, students will learn to develop the various processes used in researching and writing a biographical research paper, including brainstorming, notetaking, outlining, creating a bibliography, and writing the final draft. This project is designed to act as an independent study geared toward AG or Level 3 and Level 4 students, but each step in the research process can also be taught directly to students in the classroom. Less

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Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Sandra Dail
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Make a Splash! Using Dramatic Experience to ŕExplode the MomentĚŇ
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Students will have a blast as they use descriptive language to write ... More

Students will have a blast as they use descriptive language to write about an ŕexplosiveĚŇ and dramatic moment in their lives. Less

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink
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Make an Alarm!
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After reading the story "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary, student groups ... More

After reading the story "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary, student groups create alarm systems to protect something in the classroom, just as the main character Leigh does to protect his lunchbox from thieves. Students learn about alarms and use their creativity to devise multi-step alarm systems to protect their lockers, desk, pets or classroom door. Note: This activity can also be done without reading the Cleary book. Less

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Engineering
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Center for Engineering Educational Outreach,
TeachEngineering.org
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Mapping Your Research Ideas
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This quick, interactive tutorial will help students develop a general topic or ... More

This quick, interactive tutorial will help students develop a general topic or idea into a set of exploratory research questions, as well as giving them some next steps in the process of developing a research question. Make sure there is a blank sheet of paper and a pen or pencil handy, and let's get started! Less

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Interactive
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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UCLA Library
Author:
UCLA Library
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A Mini World
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As students learn about the creation of biodomes, they are introduced to ... More

As students learn about the creation of biodomes, they are introduced to the steps of the engineering design process, including guidelines for brainstorming. Students learn how engineers are involved in the design and construction of biodomes and use brainstorming to come up with ideas for possible biodome designs. 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

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Subject:
Engineering
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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,
Katherine Beggs
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
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Mint-Mobiles
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Students design, build and test model race cars made from simple materials ... More

Students design, build and test model race cars made from simple materials (lifesaver-shaped candies, plastic drinking straws, Popsicle sticks, index cards, tape) as a way to explore independent, dependent and control variables. They measure the changes in distance travelled with the addition of mass to the vehicles. Students also practice the steps of the engineering design process by brainstorming, planning, building, testing, and improving their "mint-mobiles." Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Lesley Herrmann
Stephanie Rivale
TeachEngineering.org
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