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Can You Canoe?
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In this activity, learners explore how engineering has impacted the manufacturing of ...

In this activity, learners explore how engineering has impacted the manufacturing of canoes over time, including the development of new, durable, and lighter materials. Learners work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own canoe models out of everyday items. They have a budget and must purchase materials from the "store." They test their models on water where they must travel 4 feet carrying a load. Then learners evaluate their results, and present their findings.

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Engineering
Technology
Manufacturing
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Social Sciences
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Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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IEEE
Chemistry Games: Plastics
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Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery ...

Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery or work! For thousands of years people have been using silk, wool, cotton, wood and leather. In the last century or so, we have added plastics to this list. Key to developing the plastics we now use were the discoveries made by the Nobel Prize awarded scientists Ziegler and Natta in the 1950s. There are two major groups of plastics - some melt when heated and others don't. Find out why!

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Chemistry
Science and Technology
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Games
Readings
Simulations
Provider:
Nobel Foundation
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Nobelprize.org
Everyday Polymers
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Students explore the chemical identities of polymeric materials frequently used in their ...

Students explore the chemical identities of polymeric materials frequently used in their everyday lives. They learn how chemical composition affects the physical properties of the materials that they encounter and use frequently, as well as how cross-linking affects the properties of polymeric materials.

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Education
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Cherelle M. Bishop
CHIP GK-12 Project,
Jeramy Jasmann
Kate McDonnell
Melissa M. Reynolds
Michael A. de Miranda
Fun Look at Material Science
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Students are introduced to the multidisciplinary field of material science. Through a ...

Students are introduced to the multidisciplinary field of material science. Through a class demo and PowerPoint® presentation, they learn the basic classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites) and how they differ from one another, considering concepts such as stress, strain, ductile, brittle, deformation and fracture. Practical examples help students understand how the materials are applied, and further information about specific research illustrates how materials and material science are useful in space exploration. A worksheet and quiz are provided.

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Education
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Marc Bird
National Science Foundation GK-12 and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Programs,
How Cold Can You Go?
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Students explore materials engineering by modifying the material properties of water. Specifically, ...

Students explore materials engineering by modifying the material properties of water. Specifically, they use salt to lower the freezing point of water and test it by making ice cream. Using either a simple thermometer or a mechatronic temperature sensor, students learn about the lower temperature limit at which liquid water can exist—such that even if placed in contact with a material much colder than 0 degrees Celsius, liquid water does not get colder than 0 °C. This provides students with an example of how materials can be modified (engineered) to change their equilibrium properties. They observe that when mixed with salt, liquid water's lower temperature limit can be dropped. Using salt-ice mixtures to cool the ice cream mixes to temperatures lower than 0 °C works better than ice alone.

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Education
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
AMPS GK-12 Program,
Donna Johnson
Elina Mamasheva
Leonarda Huertas
Ryan Caeti
Ursula Koniges
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation, Spring 2012
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This subject provides an introduction to modeling and simulation, covering continuum methods, ...

This subject provides an introduction to modeling and simulation, covering continuum methods, atomistic and molecular simulation, and quantum mechanics. Hands-on training is provided in the fundamentals and applications of these methods to key engineering problems. The lectures provide exposure to areas of application based on the scientific exploitation of the power of computation. We use web based applets for simulations, thus extensive programming skills are not required.

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Computer Science
Engineering
Science and Technology
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Buehler, Markus
Grossman, Jeffrey
Materials in Human Experience, Spring 2004
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Examines the ways in which people in ancient and contemporary societies have ...

Examines the ways in which people in ancient and contemporary societies have selected, evaluated, and used materials of nature, transforming them to objects of material culture. Some examples: glass in ancient Egypt and Rome; powerful metals in the Inka empire; rubber processing in ancient Mexico. Explores ideological and aesthetic criteria often influential in materials development. Laboratory/workshop sessions provide hands-on experience with materials discussed in class. Subject complements 3.091. Enrollment may be limited.

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Science and Technology
Anthropology
Archaeology
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Activities and Labs
Full Course
Syllabi
Other
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Lechtman, Heather
Obi-Wan Adobe: Engineering for Strength
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Students conduct an experiment to determine how varying the composition of a ...

Students conduct an experiment to determine how varying the composition of a construction material affects its strength. They make several adobe bricks with differing percentages of sand, soil, fibrous material and water. They test the bricks for strength by dropping them onto a concrete surface from progressively greater heights. Students graph the experiment results and use what they learn to design their own special mix that maximizes the bricks' strength. During the course of the experiment, students learn about variables (independent, dependent, control) and the steps of the engineering design process.

Subject:
Education
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jacob Crosby
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Stephanie Rivale
Physics Games: Invar® and Steel Alloys
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Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery ...

Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery or work! Alloys are mixtures of substances in which the resulting material has metallic properties. They are usually produced by melting the mixture of ingredients. Steel, brass and amalgam are a few examples of an alloy. Invar, from the word "invariable", is a special steel alloy - used today in toasters and CRT-monitors for example. The Swiss physicist Charles Edouard Guillaume was awarded the 1920 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering Invar.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Games
Readings
Simulations
Provider:
Nobel Foundation
Provider Set:
Nobelprize.org
The Roots of Energy Efficiency: Windows as Oil Wells
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Stephen Selkowitz of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory leads a group of ...

Stephen Selkowitz of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory leads a group of architects, engineers and scientists who are studying all aspects of the thermal and daylighting performance of glazing materials and window systems. Learn how these windows may be incorporated into the energy efficiencies of buildings. John Mahoney of Chevron Energy Solutions contributes to the discussion. (79 minutes)

Subject:
Environmental Science
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Provider:
U.C. Davis
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Tennis Anyone?
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In this activity, learners explore sports engineering and advanced materials development. Learners ...

In this activity, learners explore sports engineering and advanced materials development. Learners work in a team to devise a racquet out of everyday materials that could be used to volley a ping pong ball across a table against an opponent's racquet. Learners design their racquet on paper, build the racquet, and test it against those made by other teams. All teams evaluate their results, reflect on their design, and present to the group.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Manufacturing
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Physics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
IEEE
Waterproof that Roof!
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In this activity, learners explore how engineers have improved roofing designs and ...

In this activity, learners explore how engineers have improved roofing designs and materials in order to protect the contents of buildings. Learners explore the hydrophobic effect, and learn about nanotechnology. Then, they work in teams to design a roof structure both in terms of shape and materials to protect a box and its contents from a simulated rainstorm. Teams build, test, and evaluate their designs and those of other teams.

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
IEEE