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Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Electric Vehicle: Body Design

This lesson is designed to be done independently, consecutively, or concurrently with the Rolling Resistance, Transmission, Electric Power Source, and Electric Motor Lessons for the Electric Vehicle (EV) Unit. Power efficiency is the goal of all good environmentally conscious designs. As you will see throughout the EV unit, there are many factors that influence this…
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Vehicle Ergonomics: How Big is Big Enough?

Students are challenged to design an ergonomic automobile driver’s seat. They will take into consideration body proportion measurements and comfort for the average-size students in their class.  Students will engineer the seat based on data collected for student population measurements.

Security Alert

Teams of students are presented with a scenario in which they are employees at a local museum. Each team member assumes a different jobs within the museum and completes research based on that role. Teams are tasked to boost museum attendance at their museum by acquiring an exhibition from the Smithsonian SITES program. Their task…
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Pollution Effects on Plant Growth

As industries transition from assembly lines to advanced manufacturing, there are more machines being utilized in the manufacturing and assembly process. These machines, as all machines do, require lubricants to run smoothly and efficiently. Owners also use chemical liquids to clean the machines periodically to maintain their performance. Once these lubricants and industrial cleaners are…
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Divisibility Gadget

Students will be given a set of materials to use to design and build a divisibility gadget that communicates (or allows practice of) the divisibility rules and could be used to solve problems.  The gadgets will be given to parents in order to solve math problems created by the students. Number, Number Sense and Operations…
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Mechanical Cornhole

In this instructional unit, students will analyze the force interactions of simple machines to identify ways to mechanically perform the task of depositing a bean bag into the hole on a cornhole board.  Following analysis of four simple machines, students will design a system that is both accurate and precise in its function.  Students will…
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Would You Drink THAT?

Students are challenged to engineer an effective water filtration system that will assist victims of natural disasters.  They will investigate the hydrologic cycle, the effects natural disasters and contaminated water have on living organisms, and compare the body systems of various organisms while testing the effectiveness of their team’s filtration system.  After filtering contaminated water,…
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Thermal Insulators

Students will explore thermal insulators through a design challenge in which students study and test insulative properties of common materials after which they will conduct data analysis and use their findings to propose a solution for the design challenge.  This lesson includes a student designed experiment as well as a structured experiment. If you have…
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Dyes that Bind

In this unit, students will investigate different types of solvents and their effects upon ink and dye solubility in order to create designs for a student artifact.  They will explore basic chemistry principles and mathematics to design and create a t-shirt, book mark, class quilt, or other artifact that will inspire nonviolence in their community.…
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Warm Home Solar Style

Students will investigate and explore the use of solar energy as a means to heat a home.  In order to understand how solar energy can be harnessed, students will define solar energy, explore photovoltaic cells, and investigate passive solar energy.  After gaining understanding about the concepts of solar energy, students will build a solar-heated model…
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