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Angular Velocity: Sweet Wheels
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Students analyze the relationship between wheel radius, linear velocity and angular velocity by using LEGO(TM) MINDSTORMS(TM) NXT robots. Given various robots with different wheel sizes and fixed motor speeds, they predict which has the fastest linear velocity. Then student teams collect and graph data to analyze the relationships between wheel size and linear velocity and find the angular velocity of the robot given its motor speed. Students explore other ways to increase linear velocity by changing motor speeds, and discuss and evaluate the optimal wheel size and desired linear velocities on vehicles.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
James Muldoon
Jigar Jadav
Kelly Brandon
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Better By Design
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Students use the scientific method to determine the effect of control surfaces on a paper glider. They construct paper airplanes (model gliders) and test their performance to determine the base characteristics of the planes. Then they change one of the control surfaces and compare the results to their base glider in order to determine the cause and effect relationship of the control surfaces.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Alex Conner
Geoffrey Hill
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Tom Rutkowski
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Biology
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Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
08/22/2012
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Biology, The Chemistry of Life, The Study of Life, The Science of Biology
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Identify the shared characteristics of the natural sciencesSummarize the steps of the scientific methodCompare inductive reasoning with deductive reasoningDescribe the goals of basic science and applied science

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Tina B. Jones
Date Added:
08/17/2019
Biology, The Chemistry of Life, The Study of Life, The Science of Biology
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Identify the shared characteristics of the natural sciencesSummarize the steps of the scientific methodCompare inductive reasoning with deductive reasoningDescribe the goals of basic science and applied science

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
07/10/2017
Control and Variable Groups
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This video explains the different part of an experiment and all the components that need to be included to be a valid test. Good for vocabulary and getting a deeper understanding of how the variable group and the control group connect. Also introduces independent and dependent variables and does a nice job of illustrating how they relate to each other.

Subject:
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
learnbiologically
Date Added:
11/23/2016
Control of Feeding - Anatomy & Physiology
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Different hormones, neurotransmitters and reflexes are involved in the complicated process of feeding in animals. Secretions and motility of the gastrointestinal tract are stimulated and carefully regulated by numerous factors, including environmental stimuli and the presence of food in different parts of the gastrointestinal tract from the oral cavity right through to the intestines. When a harmful substance is ingested the body acts to eliminate it in different ways to prevent the animal becoming ill, for example, through vomiting and diarrhoea. If one or more of the pathways in controlling feeding is damaged or inhibited, then problems such as obesity occurs.

Subject:
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
WikiVet
Provider Set:
Anatomy & Physiology
Date Added:
02/05/2015
Developing a Control Algorithm Based on Vehicle Motion Requirements
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This module isderived from thecourse "Intro to Mechatronics" at Lawrence Technological University and was developed through seed funding from theCAAT. This module contains a PowerPoint presentation and LabVIEW simulation file. In the presentation the following concepts are discussed: wheel/tire-terrain interactive dynamics (wheel loads, effective rolling radius, and power balance),inverse dynamics-based control (changing rolling conditions and angular velocity control),control strategies (loops and algorithms), andcontrol algorithms in the LabVIEW environment.

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Automotive Technology and Repair
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lecture Notes
Simulation
Unit of Study
Provider:
Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
Provider Set:
Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
Author:
Lawrence Technological University
Date Added:
11/15/2012
Final ROV C2SL Document 6_14_17
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We plan to facilitate several engineering lessons that requires students to design, build ROV controllers, calculate weight, underwater thrust and buoyancy.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Lane County STEM Hub
Provider Set:
Content in Context SuperLessons
Author:
Ben Wells
Kara Allen
Kim Stokes
Date Added:
06/17/2017
Gone with the Wind - Sail Cars!
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Students explore the use of wind power in the design, construction and testing of "sail cars," which, in this case, are little wheeled carts with masts and sails that are powered by the moving air generated from a box fan. The scientific method is reviewed and reinforced with the use of controls and variables, and the engineering design process is explored. The focus of the activity is on renewable energy, as well as the design, testing and redesign of small cars made from household materials. The activity (and an extension worksheet) includes the use of kinematic equations using distance, time traveled and speed to enforce exponents and decimals.

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Emily Gill
Kristi Ekern
Wyatt Champion
Date Added:
10/14/2015
How Many Drops?
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In this lesson and its associated activity, students conduct a simple test to determine how many drops of each of three liquids can be placed on a penny before spilling over. The three liquids are water, rubbing alcohol, and vegetable oil; because of their different surface tensions, more water can be piled on top of a penny than either of the other two liquids. However, this is not the main point of the activity. Instead, students are asked to come up with an explanation for their observations about the different amounts of liquids a penny can hold. In other words, they are asked to make hypotheses that explain their observations, and because middle school students are not likely to have prior knowledge of the property of surface tension, their hypotheses are not likely to include this idea. Then they are asked to come up with ways to test their hypotheses, although they do not need to actually test their hypotheses. The important points for students to realize are that 1) the tests they devise must fit their hypotheses, and 2) the hypotheses they come up with must be testable in order to be useful.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Mary R. Hebrank
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Laboratory Introduction:  Writing a Hypothesis
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Students will perform a lab to help in understand the need for prior knowledge when writing a hypothesis. Students will also differentiate between a variable and controls by examining the data collected.

Subject:
Applied Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Joy Cedarquist
Date Added:
05/18/2017
Learn to Build a Rocket in 5 Days or Your Money Back
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In this lesson, students discover the entire process that goes into designing a rocket for any customer. In prior lessons, students learned how rockets work, but now they learn what real-world decisions engineers have to make when designing and building a rocket. They learn about important factors such as supplies, ethics, deadlines and budgets. Also, students learn about the Engineering process, and recognize that the first design is almost never the final design. Re-Engineering is a critical step in creating a rocket.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Motor Pathways - Anatomy & Physiology
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Motor pathways carry signals from the brain to skeletal muscle and smooth muscle such as those contained in glands. The system consists of upper and lower motor neurones. The information provided below is primarily focussed on the motor pathways that coordinate skeletal muscle movement, i.e. motor pathways related to voluntary control of skeletal muscles.

Subject:
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
WikiVet
Provider Set:
Anatomy & Physiology
Date Added:
02/05/2015
OER-UCLouvain: Simulation environment for developping autonomous controllers for wheeled mobile robots.
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(EN) The resource is a simulation environment where one or several mobile robots compete against each other in order to get the highest possible score for their team. The said robots have a system of differential-drive wheels to move. Their aim is to autonomously collect several targets spread over the playground, bring them back to their base, while avoiding contacts with the opponent robots. Reaching this goal requires developing a controller (coded in C/C++) providing the appropriate voltage to the robot’s wheels, as a function of sensory inputs such as wheel velocity, touch sensors, or beacon detector. Learning outcomes of such a project include velocity control of DC motor, trajectory control, development of path-finding algorithms (optimal path search), avoidance of fixed obstacle and moving opponents, and the development of a high-level strategic decision module. This environment can further be used by the teacher to show concepts related to a mobile robotics class /// (FR) La ressource est un environnement de simulation dans lequel un ou plusieurs robots mobiles s'affrontent afin d'obtenir le score le plus élevé pour leur équipe. Les robots en question utilisent un système de roues à vitesse différentielle pour se déplacer. Leur objectif est de collecter de manière autonome différentes cibles présentes sur le terrain de jeu, afin de les ramener à leur base, le tout en évitant de toucher les robots de l'équipe adverse. Pour ce faire, les étudiants doivent développer un contrôleur (en C/C++) capable de fournir de manière autonome les tensions adéquates aux moteurs du robot, sur base d'informations sensorielles telles que la vitesse des roues, de capteurs de toucher ou de détection de balises. Les compétences de ce projet incluent l'asservissement en vitesse de moteurs DC, le contrôle de trajectoires, le développement d'algorithmes de path-finding (recherche de chemin optimal), l'évitement d'obstacles et d'adversaires mobiles, ainsi que le développement d'un module stratégique de prise de décision. Cet environnement peut également être utilisé par l'enseignant pour montrer en cours les concepts liés au contrôle de robots à roues.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Université catholique de Louvain
Provider Set:
OER-UCLOUVAIN
Author:
RONSSE Renaud
VAN DER NOOT Nicolas
Date Added:
09/13/2017
Rocket Me into Space
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One of the exciting challenges for engineers is the idea of exploration. This lesson looks more closely at Spaceman Rohan, Spacewoman Tess, their daughter Maya, and their challenges with getting to space, setting up satellites, and exploring uncharted waters via a canoe. This lesson reinforces rockets as a vehicle that helps us explore outside the Earth's atmosphere (i.e., to move without air) by using the principles of Newton's third law of motion. Also, the ideas of thrust, control and weight all principles that engineers deal with when building a rocket are introduced.

Subject:
Engineering
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Argrow
Janet Yowell
Jay Shah
Jeff White
Luke Simmons
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014