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Position, Velocity and Acceleration

Students observe four different classroom setups with objects in motion (using toy cars, a ball on an incline, and a dynamics cart). At the first observation of each scenario, students sketch predicte...
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Lesson 2015-04-09 Subject Areas: 3
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"Gaitway" to Acceleration: Walking Your Way to Acceleration

Student teams use sensors—motion detectors and accelerometers—to collect walking gait data from group members. They import their collected position and acceleration data into Excel® for graphing ...
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Activity 2015-04-09 Subject Areas: 0
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Rockets!

Students are introduced to statics and dynamics, free-body diagrams, combustion and thermodynamics to gain an understanding of the forces needed to lift rockets off the ground. They learn that thrust ...
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Lesson 2015-04-01 Subject Areas: 2
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We Have Liftoff

Building on an introduction to statics, dynamics free-body diagrams, combustion and thermodynamics provided by the associated lesson, students design, construct and test their own rocket engines using...
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Activity 2015-04-01 Subject Areas: 0
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The Pirates of Prosthetics: Peg Legs and Hooks

Students are introduced to prosthetics—history, purpose and benefits, main components, main types, materials, control methods, modern examples—including modern materials used to make replacement b...
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Lesson 2015-03-31 Subject Areas: 4
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A Zombie Got My Leg

Students experience the engineering design process as they design and construct lower-leg prostheses in response to a hypothetical zombie apocalypse scenario. Like the well-known Apollo 13 story durin...
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Activity 2015-03-31 Subject Areas: 0
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Angular Velocity: Sweet Wheels

Students analyze the relationship between wheel radius, linear velocity and angular velocity by using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robots. Given various robots with different wheel sizes and fixed motor sp...
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Activity 2015-03-20 Subject Areas: 6
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Gears: Lift It Up!

A gear is a simple machine that is very useful to increase the speed or torque of a wheel. In this activity, students learn about the trade-off between speed and torque when designing gear ratios. The...
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Activity 2015-03-13 Subject Areas: 3
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Walk This Way

After students have complete the associated activity to collect and graph acceleration data from walking human subjects, they learn more about gait analysis---the study of human motion, which is used ...
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Lesson 2015-03-10 Subject Areas: 2
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Identifying Gait Metrics

Gait analysis is the study of human motion that can be utilized as biometric information or identification, for medical diagnostics or for comparative biomechanics. In this activity, students observe ...
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Activity 2015-03-10 Subject Areas: 0
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