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Industry: Power and Propulsion

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Room Defender

In this unit, students will be exploring electricity by creating a circuit that is capable of performing multiple functions independently and will market their created product. Electricity is an essential tool for modern living, and a basic understanding of circuits can empower your students. The study of electricity can lead to a better understanding of…
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Up, Up and Away

 In this series of investigations, students will develop an understanding of how magnets can be used to move large payloads such as an airplane. The unit will begin with a career connection activity. Next, students will investigate the properties of magnetism through station activities. Data collection and analysis software will be used to investigate the increase in force…
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Light, Color, Race

Students will use the Engineering Design Process to develop experiments to test various colors, the behavior of light, and different materials to see how these materials affect the speed of the solar car. Students will adapt a basic solar-powered vehicle in order to control the car’s speed. Students will work in Engineering Design Teams to…
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Battery Design Challenge

Batteries are important form of technology for society. Batteries serve as a stored energy source. You can quickly think of multiple instances in where you are dependent on a battery (some examples are: car (electric started), calculator, iPod, hand held video game, smoke detector, or key fob). For engineers at the Air Force Research Labs…
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Magnets Like to Move It, Move It

These scientific investigations will engage students in understanding the force of magnetism and how this force can be used for work.  The students will begin the unit by forming generalizations about magnets and their forces through their own knowledge and scientific investigations.  The students will explore the variations between different magnet strengths.  Finally, the students…
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It’s NOT Easy Being Green Algae!

After being initially exposed to the basics of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, student teams design an algae growth chamber focusing primarily on producing large quantities of algae.  Teams collect and measure algae on a daily basis, and research uses of algae for a sustainable fuel source.  In order to inform the public about the potential…
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Compressed Air Vehicle

*Please note that while this unit is complete, we are in the process of updating both the curriculum and the standards. This activity will introduce students to the use of compressed air as a means of propulsion.  The goal is to allow students to discover the relationship between the amount of compressed air and the…
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The Dayton Trebuchet

In this lesson students will design a working trebuchet for maximum accuracy, distance and force using the engineering design process. Students will utilize the measurement formulas to calculate kinetic and potential energy and therefore create a trebuchet for a specific function (ex. Hitting a target, knocking down a wall or launching for distance).

Wind Speed

Students will explore wind and its ability to do work.  Over the course of several short lessons students will observe wind in nature using a self-constructed anemometer and Beaufort scale.  Through use of these tools students will measure the wind speed.  Students will also design or use a prefabricated kite to test the winds ability…
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Oil, Oil Everywhere!

Students inquire how to stop an oil leak in a model of the BP oil leak in the Gulf by simulating the situation in a 10 gallon aquarium.  Students generate potential solutions, which are then tested and redesigned.  Students learn about natural factors involved in this real life situation and scenario including ocean depth, properties of…
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