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The Art of Approximation in Science and Engineering: How to Whip Out Answers Quickly
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The purpose of this learning video is to show students how to ...

The purpose of this learning video is to show students how to think more freely about math and science problems. Sometimes getting an approximate answer in a much shorter period of time is well worth the time saved. This video explores techniques for making quick, back-of-the-envelope approximations that are not only surprisingly accurate, but are also illuminating for building intuition in understanding science. This video touches upon 10th-grade level Algebra I and first-year high school physics, but the concepts covered (velocity, distance, mass, etc) are basic enough that science-oriented younger students would understand. If desired, teachers may bring in pendula of various lengths, weights to hang, and a stopwatch to measure period. Examples of in- class exercises for between the video segments include: asking students to estimate 29 x 31 without a calculator or paper and pencil; and asking students how close they can get to a black hole without getting sucked in.

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Engineering
Algebra
Numbers and Operations
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics
Science and Technology
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Video Lectures
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Stephen M. Hou
Build a Bridge
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Survey potential bridge sites, research bridge design, and select the right bridge ...

Survey potential bridge sites, research bridge design, and select the right bridge for the right location in this interactive activity from the NOVA Web site. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
Provider:
NOVA Science
Provider Set:
NOVA ScienceNOW
Author:
WGBH Educational Foundation
Building A Paper Bridge: An Introduction to Problem Solving
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This activity allows the student to explore problem solving strategies while working ...

This activity allows the student to explore problem solving strategies while working with a partner. This activity (building a paper bridge), requires students to question word definition and the application of those definitions. Through problem solving strategies, students discover the need for applying math skills.

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Engineering
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Steve Walston
CTE Architecture: Access Ramp
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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction ...

This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

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Architecture and Design
Geometry
Trigonometry
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
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Career Technical Education
CTE Architecture: Fences
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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction ...

This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

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Architecture and Design
Geometry
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
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Career Technical Education
CTE Architecture: Framing a House
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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction ...

This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

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Architecture and Design
Geometry
Ratios and Proportions
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
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National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
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Career Technical Education
CTE Architecture: Miniature Golf
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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction ...

This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

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Architecture and Design
Business and Communication
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Homework and Assignments
Lesson Plans
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National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
Provider Set:
Career Technical Education
CTE Architecture: Stairway
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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction ...

This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

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Architecture and Design
Algebra
Geometry
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Homework and Assignments
Lesson Plans
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National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
Provider Set:
Career Technical Education
CTE Architecture: Storage Sheds
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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction ...

This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and design/pre-construction educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

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Architecture and Design
Geometry
Statistics and Probability
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Homework and Assignments
Lesson Plans
Provider:
National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
Provider Set:
Career Technical Education
Catalytic Converter
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This video lesson aims to motivate students about chemistry and to raise ...

This video lesson aims to motivate students about chemistry and to raise their awareness about how chemistry helps in solving certain environmental problems. In this lesson, the air pollution problem created by cars and other vehicles is presented. The lesson will highlight causes of this problem, harmful products from it and possible solutions. There will also be discussion of ways to convert the pollutants produced by burning oil in vehicles into more friendly products.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Chemistry
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Prof. Mohammad El-Khateeb
City X Project
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The City X Project is an international educational workshop for 8-12 year-old ...

The City X Project is an international educational workshop for 8-12 year-old students that teaches creative problem solving using 3D printing technologies and the design process. This 6-10 hour workshop is designed for 3rd-6th grade classrooms but can be adapted to fit a variety of environments. Read a full overview of the experience here: http://www.cityxproject.com/workshop/

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Manufacturing
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Other
Provider:
IDEAco
Author:
Brett Schilke
Libby Falck
Matthew Straub
D-Lab II: Design, Spring 2010
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D-Lab: Design addresses problems faced by undeserved communities with a focus on ...

D-Lab: Design addresses problems faced by undeserved communities with a focus on design, experimentation, and prototyping processes. Particular attention is placed on constraints faced when designing for developing countries. Multidisciplinary teams work on semester-long projects in collaboration with community partners, field practitioners, and experts in relevant fields. Topics covered include design for affordability, design for manufacture, sustainability, and strategies for working effectively with community partners and customers. Students may continue projects begun in SP.721/11.025J/11.472 D-Lab Development.

Subject:
Manufacturing
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Amy J. Smith
Victor Grau Serrat
Design Your Alien
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Review the environmental factors that make the Earth habitable and compare them ...

Review the environmental factors that make the Earth habitable and compare them to other worlds within our Solar System. Use creative thinking to design an alien life form suited for specific environmental conditions on an extra-terrestrial world within our Solar System.

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Astronomy
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Games
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
International Astronomical Union
Provider Set:
astroEDU
Author:
Sarah Roberts
Designing and Building a Pick and Place Robot
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Guidelines for carrying out a project involving the design and construction of ...

Guidelines for carrying out a project involving the design and construction of a pick and place robot, e.g., one that could be used in a manufacturing assembly operation.

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Engineering
Manufacturing
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)
Provider Set:
Scoilnet
Author:
Sean Lavelle
Engineering Design Challenges
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This site presents challenges faced by NASA engineers who are developing the ...

This site presents challenges faced by NASA engineers who are developing the next generation of aerospace vehicles. The challenges: thermal protection systems, spacecraft structures, electrodynamic propulsion systems, propellers, and personal satellite assistants. Students design, build, test, re-design, and re-build models that meet specified design criteria, using the same analytical skills as engineers.

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Engineering
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Freestanding Structures
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In this Design Challenge, families and friends work together to design the ...

In this Design Challenge, families and friends work together to design the tallest structure that they can, using only the materials provided.

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Architecture and Design
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Provider Set:
The Tech Museum of Innovation Design Challenges
Geothermal Power Plant Model
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In this activity, learners make a model of a power plant that ...

In this activity, learners make a model of a power plant that uses steam. Learners use simple materials like foil, a tin can, and a pot of water to model a geothermal power plant. Learners use a pinwheel to observe the power produced by the steam. SAFETY NOTE: Adult assistance required.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics and Statistics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
California Energy Commission
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Energy Commission
ISKME's Design Lab 2012: Make an OER
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Participants collaborate in ISKME's OER Design Lab at Maker Faire to brainstorm, ...

Participants collaborate in ISKME's OER Design Lab at Maker Faire to brainstorm, prototype, and present new ideas for teaching and learning. Each participant creates an Open Educational Resource (OER) that will be shared on OER Commons and with teachers during the Maker Faire follow up Teachers as Makers Academy.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Open Author Resources
Author:
Megan Simmons
ISKME's Design Lab at Maker Faire 2010
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Maker Faire participants collaborate in ISKME's Design Lab, using digital stories and ...

Maker Faire participants collaborate in ISKME's Design Lab, using digital stories and salvaged materials to design an innovative school of the future. The Design Lab features Makers Mauro ffortisimo Di Nucci's deconstructed piano and INKA Biospheric Systems' Vertical Garden; as well as Student and Teacher project examples that integrate art, science, sustainability, and green design inspire the creation of shareable open-source learning resources. This wiki page showcases photos and video from the Design Lab, open educational resources for teachers, and a step by step guide through the design process.

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
Environmental Science
Arts and Humanities
Physics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
ISKME
Provider Set:
ISKME