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4th Grade Students Investigate Electric Circuits Through Construction and Illustration
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As an activity related to FOSS unit Magnetism and Electricity, 4th grade science students use a computer download to explore electrical circuits and to generate illustrations of electrical circuits for physical models built in class

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Lorraine Aaland
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Bridge to the Future
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How must the environmental and engineering factors of designing a bridge be combined to create a safe bridge? People have built bridges over rivers, canyons, and other barriers for centuries. As engineers developed better technology and materials, the bridges became larger and stronger. Regardless of the type, all bridges apply common science principles related to forces, including tension and compression. Bridges of the future must be designed with lightweight materials that can withstand extreme weather events. Engineers must design bridges to create safe pathways for multiple forms of transportation, including bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and passage for large cargo ships. Bridges can also be a source of inspiration, community gathering, and pride in a place. Bridges of the future must be designed with the community and environment in mind. Students will consider design criteria and constraints when defining an engineering problem. While analyzing the phenomena of the Hassanabad bridge collapse, students will consider the environmental and social factors involved in developing a structurally sound future bridge.

This is a 3-hour lesson that includes a self-paced interactive module and classroom activities. The teacher guide includes a challenge sequence (timeline), relevance to standards, materials list, print-outs, assessment, evaluation rubric, and learning extensions.

Lesson objectives: (1) Define and analyze the structural elements of bridges, including beams, arches, trusses, and suspension. (2) Identify tension and compression (tensile and compressive) forces in different types of bridges. (3) Analyze variables (materials, shapes used in the design, environmental factors) engineers must consider when designing a bridge with structural integrity with the ability to withstand a load (weather, cars, people, etc.)

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Engineering and Science Technologies
Mathematics
Physics
Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Siemens
Provider Set:
Hour of Engineering
Date Added:
04/13/2023
Career Connections Challenge: Aerospace Engineer Grades 3-5
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In this activity students examine and learn about the various jobs and skills within aerospace engineering careers.

Subject:
21st Century Skills
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Engineering and Science Technologies
Life Skills
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Ohio Department of Education Office of Graduate Success
Provider Set:
Career Connections Challenges
Author:
Ohio Virtual Academy
Date Added:
05/26/2022
Career Connections Challenge: Energy Grades 6-12
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In this activity students examine and learn about the various jobs and skills within energy careers.

Subject:
21st Century Skills
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Life Skills
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Ohio Department of Education Office of Graduate Success
Provider Set:
Career Connections Challenges
Author:
Ohio Virtual Academy
Date Added:
05/26/2022
Career Connections Challenge: Jet Engine Mechanic Grades 3-5
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In this activity students examine and learn about the various jobs and skills within jet engine mechanic careers.

Subject:
21st Century Skills
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Life Skills
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Ohio Department of Education Office of Graduate Success
Provider Set:
Career Connections Challenges
Author:
Ohio Virtual Academy
Date Added:
05/26/2022
Civil Air Patrol STEM Resources.pdf
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The Civil Air Patrol (US Air Force affiliate) has many STEM lessons and kits available to educators for a one-time fee. The kits include robotics, microcontrollers, telescoopes, flight simulators and others.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Earth and Space Science
Engineering
Engineering and Science Technologies
Physical Science
Physics
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Author:
Bob Claymier
Date Added:
05/21/2019
Conductor or Insulator?
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This activity involves an investigation into whether items in a classroom are conductors or insulators. The students predict and then test the items using a complete circuit they have built.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Kris Hagemeyer
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Control Motion with Cams
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How does the shape of a cam affect the motion of a mechanism or machine? Explore the types of cam and follower mechanisms to identify how they transfer motion in machines. Engineering a mechanical device involves designing with a result in mind. This challenge will ask students to explore math, science and engineering design through the device of cam and follower.

This is a 4-hour lesson that includes a self-paced interactive module and classroom activities. The teacher guide includes a challenge sequence (timeline), relevance to standards, materials list, assessment, evaluation rubric, and learning extensions.

Lesson objectives: (1) Identify types of cam and follower and how they are connected to levers and mechanisms. (2) Differentiate the shapes of cams and the movement created. (3) Design, build and demonstrate your cam and follower mechanism.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Engineering and Science Technologies
Mathematics
Physics
Science
Technology
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Siemens
Provider Set:
Hour of Engineering
Date Added:
04/13/2023
Create Your Own Fidget Spinner
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How do shape and weight impact the performance of a fidget spinner? This challenge will explore how shapes, weight and force impact the performance of a fidget spinner. Engineering a mechanical device involves designing with a result in mind. This challenge will ask students to explore math, science and engineering design through the device of a fidget spinner.

This is a 3-hour lesson that includes a self-paced interactive module and classroom activities. The teacher guide includes a challenge sequence (timeline), relevance to standards, materials list, assessment, evaluation rubric, and learning extensions.

Lesson objectives: (1) Investigate the basic shapes that make up a fidget spinner. (2) Explore how a fidget spinner works. (3) Design, build and test your own fidget spinner.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Engineering and Science Technologies
Geometry
Manufacturing
Mathematics
Physics
Science
Technology
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Siemens
Provider Set:
Hour of Engineering
Date Added:
04/13/2023
Electric Circuits - Guided Inquiry
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This is a series of lab activities where students complete experiments for open, closed, series and parallel circuits.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Patty Gavin
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Get Creative with Shapes
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What types of 2D and 3D shapes make up the products all around you? This challenge will explore how different shapes can be put together to create a product. All the products that humans design and produce are a combination of different shapes. To design a product, engineers and designers must understand how combining, subtracting and adding shapes can make new and unique objects. This challenge will have students use a 3D design tool to create a new and unique shape.

This is a 60-minute lesson that includes a self-paced interactive module and classroom activities. The teacher guide includes a challenge sequence (timeline), relevance to standards, materials list, assessment, resources like cut-outs template, and learning extensions.

Lesson objectives: (1) Explore and interact with 3D shapes in a design plane. (2) Compose unique 3D shapes by decomposing other shapes. (3) Build a 3D shape from a 2D net.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Engineering and Science Technologies
Geometry
Manufacturing
Mathematics
Science
Technology
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Siemens
Provider Set:
Hour of Engineering
Date Added:
04/13/2023
Get in Gear!
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How do simple machines and gears help devices work? In this challenge, learners will explore how gears are used in machines and mechanisms. Gears are closely related to simple machines and provide a mechanical advantage in machines. Devices worldwide contain gears and are components critical in mechanical engineering design.

This is a 3-hour lesson that includes a self-paced interactive module and classroom activities. The teacher guide includes a challenge sequence (timeline), relevance to standards, materials list, assessment, evaluation rubric, and learning extensions.

Lesson objectives: (1) Explore the connection between gears and simple machines. (2) Differentiate how different gears do work, transfer power, speed and direction. (3) Design, build and demonstrate a simple model of a gear train.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Engineering and Science Technologies
Manufacturing
Mathematics
Physics
Ratios and Proportions
Science
Technology
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Siemens
Provider Set:
Hour of Engineering
Date Added:
04/13/2023
Getting the Lightbulb to Light Up
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This activity is a lab where the students try to make a lightbulb light up using two wires, a battery and a lightbulb.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Earl Molden
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Held Together by Stress
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How can compression and tension be used to create sustainable and innovative structures of the future that require less material to build? This challenge will explore how forces can be harnessed to build strong structures instead of overcoming forces. When building structures, attention to endurance and sustainability are at the height of concern. Therefore, exploring methods for constructing buildings that maintain resistance to natural and external forces, such as high winds from hurricanes or vibrations from earthquakes, while simultaneously using reduced construction materials is necessary. In this challenge, students will examine tensegrity structures and, upon learning how they are constructed and work, design their own model tensegrity structures that would benefit a city or community.

This is a 2-hour lesson that includes a self-paced interactive module and classroom activities. The teacher guide includes a challenge sequence (timeline), relevance to standards, materials list, assessment, evaluation rubric, and learning extensions.

Lesson objectives: (1) Explore the forces present in tensegrity structures. (2) Review common challenges to building structures in modern and historical cities. (3) Evaluate how tensegrity structure principles can be used to create sustainable structures. (4) Design a sustainable structure and/or resistant to hurricanes or earthquakes.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Engineering and Science Technologies
Geometry
Manufacturing
Mathematics
Physics
Science
Technology
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Siemens
Provider Set:
Hour of Engineering
Date Added:
04/13/2023
Introduction to Open and Closed Electrical Circuits
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Students will act out open and closed circuits and is followed by individual journal writing and a class discussion.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Eric Christensen
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Investigating Electricity:  Testing for Electrical Conductivity (Conductors and Insulators) Using a Variety of Materials
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In this lab, the students will test a variety of materials to discover which items are conductors and which items are insulators. They will discuss, classify, record data, and develop new questions relating to electricity.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Kim Osman
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Lighting the Way: Electrical Circuits and Lamp Wiring
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This self-paced unit for students in grades 6-9 provides an opportunity to explore basic electrical circuits and demonstrate the new knowledge by wiring a lamp, explaining the components of the lamp that are important for the flow of electricity, and completing a schematic of the lamp circuitry.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Nichole A. Kotasek
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Measuring voltage and current in a DC circuit
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These exercises target student misconceptions about how to properly measure voltage and current in simple DC circuits by letting them investigate different meter arrangements without fear of damaging equipment. These activities also are designed to lead to other investigations about simple DC circuits.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering and Science Technologies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Susan Ramlo
Date Added:
02/24/2021
NASA Stem Engagement
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NASA interactive website that allows students to explore different areas of science through training and then a mission. Great for exploring various interests in science and various careers in NASA.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Earth and Space Science
Engineering
Engineering and Science Technologies
Physics
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Date Added:
12/21/2021