Engineering and Design
Student in a geometry class celebrating Pi Day.
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Using scientific principles to invent, design, develop, test, refine, build, maintain and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes, in order to produce solutions or products; application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students explore aerodynamic lift, gyroscopic precession, drag and gravity by designing and flying boomerangs.
Students explore physical energy and mechanical energy as they design, build and test catapults.
Developing an Object or ToolLesson
Students sequence the process of making an object (tree to chair, mud to brick, etc.), and learn tools and objects are designed to perform a function or solve a problem.Grades: K-2
Humans Design Their HomesLesson
Students create models of living spaces (houses) for people in different climates with different available resources; and compare the strengths and weaknesses of the different designs.Grades: K-2
Is It Natural or Transformed?Lesson
Students examine, compare, discuss and sort materials as natural or transformed (changed or processed by humans).Grades: K-2
Student teams construct javelin rockets and use them to investigate the relationship between launch angle and the distance an object travels.
Students create and study unique sculptures that move in interesting ways when acted upon by the force of the wind.
Students make and test flying tubes, called ring wing gliders, as they learn about Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion and use an engineer's approach to problem-solving.
Rocket Cars: Rocket RacesLesson
Students learn about Newton’s Three Laws of Motion as they construct and test a lightweight “rocket” car propelled by the action/reaction force of air escaping from an inflated balloon.
Students learn about engineering and design principles by designing, building, launching, testing and redesigning their own rockets. (Grades: K-2, 3-5 or 6-8)
Students build roller coasters from foam insulation tubing and use marbles as the roller coaster cars.
Students explore kinetic energy and potential energy as they build and test simple racers.