# Lesson Ideas

Reinventing the Wheel (for Mars) How do we study the surface of Mars if we can’t go there?

Mars is one of our closest neighbors in the solar system and likely the next planet that humans will set foot on. One big reason we’re interested in Mars is because water once flowed there, and may still flow there today. Almost everywhere water is found on Earth, we find life. Could the same be true of Mars? We need data to help us determine whether Mars is, or was, suitable for life. Here come the rovers! Although we’re not yet ready to send humans to Mars, we can send robots, called rovers, equipped with a payload of scientific instruments and an automatic mobility system that enables them to safely navigate obstacles without human help. Patrick DeGrosse and Christopher Salvo are engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where they work on the Mars 2020 rover mobility system. “It’s my job to design, qualify, and deliver the suspension, the wheels, the differential—everything that makes the rover rove around Mars.” Joseph Herscher - Kinetic Artist.

Rocketry – Google Drive. Free K - 12 Common Core Lesson Plans and Ideas. Middle School Physical Sciences Scroll Up.

Free K - 12 Common Core Lesson Plans and Ideas. Middle School Physical Sciences Scroll Up Scroll Down Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions back Apply Newton's Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects. 22 Lesson(s)

Water Rocketry. Water rockets are an excellent tool to learn about rockets, propulsion, and aerodynamics.

The Beginner's Guide to Rockets introduces the physics principles and math behind water rockets. The activities were developed for middle school students (grades 5-8) and align with National science, mathematics, and technology standards for education. The materials are also appropriate for grades 9-12 and lifelong learners. The navigation panel is found on the left and will be in the same location on all pages. About Rockets includes the history of rocketry, information on the parts of a water rocket, a comparison of a water rocket and a NASA rocket, and instructions for building a water rocket launcher.

When you have reviewed the background material in About Rockets, Start Your Journey! Please review Rocket Safety before launching a water rocket. Engineering Balloon Racers. Mass and Momentum. On Target! (Lesson courtesy of PBS’s Design Squad Nation.

Download the original lesson in .pdf form. Find more activities like this in the Design Squad On the Moon Guide.) Illustrations by Hannah Bonner. Potential energy bicyclist graphic ©2008 WGBH Educational Foundation. Photo of Backyard ThrillRide ©2007 WGBH Educational Foundation. Build a Big Wheel.

Lesson courtesy of TryEngineering, sponsored by the IEEE.

Click here for a .pdf of the original activity. Summary In this activity, teams of students learn about the history and engineering behind big wheels (Ferris wheels) by constructing a working model using pasta, glue, and teabags. Grade level: K-12 Time: Two to three 45-minute sessions. Activity: Robot Basketball. Lesson courtesy of TryEngineering Summary In this activity, students in grades 5 to 12 learn about accuracy and precision by working in teams to design and build a robotic basketball player that can nail three free-throw shots in a row.

Grade level: 5 -12 Time: Three or four 45-minute session. Balloon Aeronautics. (Adapted from lessons developed by TeachEngineering.org, the Wisconsin section of the Society of Women Engineers.

Illustrations from NASA.) In this lesson, teams of students in grades 4 – 8 learn about basic aerodynamics by constructing a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide-string. They use this model to learn about Newton’s three laws of motion, examining the effect of different forces on the motion of the rocket. Grade level: 4 – 8 Time: 45 mins. – 1 hour (15 minutes prep & lecture time, 30 minutes for the activity) 2nd Biannual NGSS STEM Education Conference.

Download the conference schedule and a map Session 1 Arms & Arteries: Adventures in Biomechanical Engineering Looking for ways to integrate engineering into your life science and biology classes?

Try biomechanical engineering! Join us as we engineer ways to unclog arteries and construct prosthetic arms while incorporating key scientific principles and NGSS Science & Engineering Practices along the way. Download Session PDFs. Energetic Water. Activity: Robot Basketball. Build a Bobsled Racer. Activity adapted from the Museum of Science, Boston‘s Design Challenges, a program of hands-on activities developed to help students and visitors explore the engineering design process, and from the version modified for classroom use by California’s Tech Museum of Innovation.

Click on link to view the educator’s guide (.pdf) Summary Teams of students in grades 3 to 8 learn about friction, forces, and the engineering design process by building and testing miniature bobsleds to see which can race down an icy slope either the fastest or slowest. Olympic%20Park%20Bobsled%20Track%20Part%20Two-AIMS.pdf. Olympic%20Park%20Bobsled%20Track%20Part%20One-AIMS.pdf. Cluster%20Ballooning-AIMS.pdf. Bungee%20Dolls%20.pdf. Be%20A%20Rotor%20Promoter.pdf. Time%20Trials.pdf. Graphing Average Speed with Superworms. My favorite lab in our force and motion unit is called graphing average speed with superworms. I’ve done this lab for the last several years in my class, and it’s always a hit with the students.

The kids like it because they are working with a live organism, and it really helps solidify the concept of graphing motion. During the lab students record data from the path of superworm (species of darkling beetle). Every 10 seconds for a minute they are responsible for recording the position of the worm. The superworms are great because they don’t travel in a straight line for very long. After they data collection process is over the students are asked to find different measurements and fill out their data tables. Average Speed Station Lab – Mad Science Station Lab Series. Here is another exciting activity to complement my Mad Science Station Lab Series! If you are not familiar with this yet, you can download it here for free. Bowling Ball Grand Prix. Purpose: The activity will help give students a kinesthetic feel for the inertia concept. This lab is a great way to provide students with an experience that can be very thoroughly discussed and analyzed.

Materials: one bowling ball (the heavier the better), many two-liter bottles half filled with water and capped tightly for route markers one broom stopwatches masking tape to mark no touch zone, start/stop, and possibly the route itself Procedure: Create a course like the one pictured above using the bottles as route markers. Students are to navigate a bowling ball through obstacle course as quickly as possible, steering the ball with only a broom. Bouncing Ball Lab Introduces Models and Foreshadows Future Physics Concepts. I use this lab as an introduction to my physics class at all levels: First year and AP. The goal of the lab is to introduce students to the role of physics in making predictions, and for me to see where they have strengths and weaknesses in lab procedures and data analysis.

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