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preview of 'Tinkercad 3D Design & EV Concept Car Workshop' Activity

Tinkercad 3D Design & EV Concept Car Workshop High School Activity

Published on December 6, 2023

Students follow a guided engineering skills workshop presentation using the free online Tinkercad web app to design a model 3D EV concept car design. Tinkercad offers students an introduction to learning basic computer-aided design (CAD) skills. Teachers can create and manage classes, activities, etc. in Tinkercad to enable students to explore CAD in both in-school and online learning environments.

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Environmental Justice StoryMap Collection High School Activity

Published on December 5, 2023

The series of five Environmental Justice (EJ) StoryMaps explores the connections between air quality, transportation, and engineering. The EJ StoryMap collection provides background knowledge from reliable sources to build students’ understanding of concepts presented in a visual and interactive format.

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Periodic Table Intro: Parts of a Whole High School Activity

Published on October 4, 2023

The Periodic Table is an icon of organizing for chemistry as well as other disciplines including chemical engineering. The table also represents an important way to understand how to sort and identify objects based on specific criteria. In this activity, students submit a picture of a unique “one-of-a-kind” item they own. They then create diagrams that sort these various items based on categories of their choosing. They discuss the process as a class, drawing upon similarities to the creation of the Periodic Table: identifying individual characteristics of an object/element, and sorting objects/elements into rows and columns based on similar characteristics.

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Exploring the Earth’s Critical Zone with Edible Model Cross Sections Elementary School Activity

Published on September 28, 2023

The Critical Zone is the layer of the Earth that extends from bedrock to treetops. It is within this layer that rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms interact and shape the Earth's surface. It is also here where all known life on Earth exists! In this activity, students learn about and explore the critical zone by creating their own cross-section out of food treats.

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Heat Transfer in Solar Dryers High School Activity

Published on September 27, 2023

Understanding the concepts of conduction, convection and radiation help engineers design and build systems that employ the process of heat transfer. In this activity, students use a hair dryer, hot plate and a heat lamp to show the three types of heat transfer and how these processes can be used in agricultural engineering applications. They compare the time it takes for each process and, as they learn about these processes, students delve deeper into why there are time differences for each.

preview of 'Python Conditionals Using AI Technology' Activity

Python Conditionals Using AI Technology High School Activity

Published on September 25, 2023

One way for engineers to be effective in creating designs is to understand technology tools support their efforts. These technology tools themselves are often designed by engineers! In this activity, students utilize Google's Colab and Google's Bard to master writing “if” statements in Python while also analyzing the effectiveness of an AI tool to define future success criteria for engineers developing tools like Bard. Engaging in various activities, students delve into the significance of conditionals, understanding how they enhance code readability and enable more innovative programming approaches. Moreover, students venture into exploring the effectiveness of AI technologies in programming, providing insightful suggestions for refining and engineering future AI tools.

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Chasing the Sun Elementary School Activity

Published on September 25, 2023

Solar energy has almost limitless potential to power our needs, and best of all it is exceptionally clean! However, the challenge lays in how to harness that energy in an effective manner—and that’s where engineers come in. In this activity, students learn how the sun can help us make electricity with a device called a solar panel. They are then presented with the challenge of the stationary solar panel versus the moving sun. Using the behavior of a sunflower following the sun throughout the day, students build upon and apply their knowledge of solar patterns, solar energy and plant needs as they engineer model solar panels that move to follow the path of the sun.

preview of 'To Infinity and Beyond: The Amazing Hydrogels' Activity

To Infinity and Beyond: The Amazing Hydrogels High School Activity

Published on September 21, 2023

This activity provides students with the background necessary to understand chelation—a type of bonding of ions and molecules to metal ions—to create hydrogels. During the activity, students use sodium alginate, an extract from brown seaweed, to create hydrogels. By using alginate-based compounds (in other words, compounds extracted from brown algae), these hydrogels are also nontoxic and non-inflammatory. All these properties make the alginates ideal for applications in pharmaceuticals, wound care, hygiene, and optometry.

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Recycle Home Toilet Water High School Activity

Published on August 30, 2023

Fresh water is a limited and valuable natural resource, and engineers play a key role in designing systems that provide fresh water to everyone. In this activity, students learn about water conservation and how water is cycled naturally on Earth and through the wastewater management system. Using parts of the engineering design process, students design a system that allows blackwater to be recycled at the place of use (for example, near a toilet or home as opposed to at a wastewater treatment plant. Students then explain how this recycled water could then be reused as effluent toilet water.

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Roll ‘n’ Roller Coaster Elementary School Activity

Published on August 25, 2023

Roller coasters are one of the most thrilling ways to feel engineering in action! In this activity, students act as mechanical, civil, and structural engineers as they design and build a roller coaster with their teammates that allows a table tennis ball to roll through the entire model unassisted. As students design and build their roller coaster, they will learn about kinetic and potential energy. Students explain that when the ball is placed at the top of the ramp, it has potential energy (stored energy). Once the ball is released, the potential energy is changed into kinetic energy (energy of motion). Students also identify the role that friction plays in stopping the ball. As students experience the engineering design process and create multiple iterations of their design, they will discover the key to allow the table tennis ball to gain enough momentum to cycle through the roller coaster unassisted is to create an initial slope that’s steep enough to allow the ball to cycle through.

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Gel Engineering Elementary School Activity

Published on August 24, 2023

Which properties of matter work best in a particular design? In this activity, students explore the physical properties of matter and experience the engineering design process by designing, creating, and testing gels. Their challenge is to design gels to exhibit a specific property of matter, such as magnetism, conductivity, or high density. In this collaborative, hands-on activity students become engineers who design their own gels as a team.

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Concrete Composites Lab High School Activity

Published on August 24, 2023

Materials engineering allows for the design and testing of a variety of different properties so engineers can make decisions on the types of materials to use in a particular structure. In this activity, students create an assigned composite of cement by mixing the concrete with different percentages of black carbon and other material. They then test the physical and chemical properties of their composite to see what properties are improved by the addition of the black carbon. After the class data is collected and all the composites tested are compared to each other, the groups can improve their concrete composite by looking at the group data and re-testing to see if their changes resulted in improvements.

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Let’s Play: Accessible Toys for Visually Impaired Students Middle School Activity

Published on August 18, 2023

By better understanding a specific type of disability through a cultural lens, students can better understand how to use the engineering design process to solve specific problems. In this activity, students research, brainstorm, and design a type of pre-braille (a type of braille that is used to introduce children at a young age) toy that is readily accessible to young students. They then create and test their toys while gaining information on what needs to be improved within their design through feedback provided by their classmates and teachers. To show understanding of the objective, students create a marketing poster explaining their findings and the use of their toy.

preview of 'Living Walls: Choosing a Location with Arduino' Activity

Living Walls: Choosing a Location with Arduino Middle School Activity

Published on August 17, 2023

Living walls or vertical gardens can elevate indoor spaces, improve aesthetics, and bring nature inside. But how do living walls after the surrounding environment? Is it possible that living walls can improve the atmosphere where they exist? In this activity, students use an Arduino Sensing Toolkit to monitor their environment. Students collect data on CO2, temperature, and relative humidity. They then apply this data to a real-world situation of adding a living wall to a specific location and justifying their answer with data.

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Clean Cooking Matters High School Activity

Published on June 29, 2023

Lack of access to clean cooking affects two-thirds of the global population and disproportionately impacts women. Burn Design Lab in Vashon, WA partners with communities across the globe to design clean cooking technologies. In this activity, students will mimic their work by developing a prototype of a cookstove. They will, as engineers must, engage in human-centered design by tying scientific innovation to human needs, uses, resources, etc. The students will also learn how their work and that being done at Burn Design Lab meets three of the United Nations’ Sustainable Design Goals meant to make the world better. The students will start out working in groups to complete a pre-activity assessment. After that, they will engage in internet research which entails learning about the work done at Burn Design Lab, cookstoves, the UN Sustainable Design Goals, and life in Kenya. Then, they will sketch, plan, and make their prototype. After that, they will test their prototypes. Next, they will evaluate their data and that of their peers before redesigning and retesting their prototype. They will finish by completing a post-activity assessment. Though Kenya is studied in this activity, it can be applied to many different countries and communities.

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