Project-Based Engineering for Kids Original, reliable, and fun collection of project-based engineering lessons for kids (and everyone!) Excited about making STEM project ideas accessible to everyone? Pledge on Patreon to keep the mission going. At the Educator tier, you can access lesson plans and more teaching resources! If you enjoy these projects, then check out my books Rubber Band Engineer and Duct Tape Engineer! || Everything I make These project-based lessons focus on basic principles of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. All of the project plans in this collection are designed to be used in an after school enrichment setting, though you may use and modify these ideas for other not-for-profit purposes provided you cite The Workshop for Young Engineers. This is a growing and improving collection of lesson plans.
AstroCappella - A Musical Exploration of the Universe AstroCappella — A Musical Exploration of the Universe Related Activity Editor's note: This activity is both on the Astrocappella web site and the CD-ROM featured in this article. You can read the lyrics to "Doppler Shifting" and hear it performed by the Chromatics at the same site. Here It Comes, There It Goes! An activity by Kara C. Activity Summary: Every student can demonstrate the Doppler effect! Objective: Students will perform an experiment in which they will demonstrate the Doppler effect. Materials for each group of students: 'splash out' ball** electronic noise making mechanism with pure tone (from Radio Shack, or other electronics store) 9 volt battery 9 volt battery clip jump rope masking tape Procedure: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Discussion: This is a demonstration of a phenomenon called the Doppler effect. The number of waves reaching an observer in one second is called the frequency. Now imagine an everyday-life example such as observing and listening to an approaching car. 1. 2. 3.
A Detailed Visual Guide To Distributed Project-Based Learning Project-based Learning is a passion of ours at Edudemic. We’ve seen how effective it can be in and out of the classroom. Quite simply, it provides the opportunity for students to learn from each other, get their hands dirty, work in an active learning environment, and to simply have fun at school. What could be better than that? PBL teachers are typically on the lookout for PBL-aligned apps and web tools that can bolster their powerful learning environment. In an effort to help those teachers out, Katie and I found a fabulous new visual diagram that’s all about which apps and tools go with the different parts of distributed project-based learning. This chart reminds me a bit of the popular ‘Padagogy Chart’ by Allan Carrington we shared here on Edudemic. This diagram breaks down the different phases and goals of PBL into bite-size chunks. As you can see, the tools and apps are all organized quite neatly into each phase. Want a bigger version of this incredible diagram? Source: Visual.ly
Light Pollution Light Pollution Objective In this activity, students will observe that the faintest stars which they can see in the sky are affected by many things: the adaptation of their eyes to the dark, the presence of clouds or haze, the time of year, and the presence of light pollution. General Information This activity is for students at the grade 6-12 level. Background Information Two thousand years ago, astronomers called the brightest stars "first magnitude" and the faintest stars "sixth magnitude." Ursa Minor (The Little Bear), including The Little Dipper asterism, is a constellation which can be seen throughout the year from the northern hemisphere. What the Students Will Do locate Ursa Minor in the night sky record the conditions under which they observe the constellation determine the faintest star which they can see in the constellation and note its magnitude (their limiting magnitude) Materials List Doing the Activity 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Evaluation Closure 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Barbie Bungee Get students' interest by asking, "Do you think the length of the cord and the size of the person matters when bungee jumping? Would it be smart to lie about your height or weight?" Allow students to offer suggestions as to why an accurate estimate of height and weight would be important to conduct a safe bungeee jump. You may also wish to search and show a short video about bungee jumping. After a brief introduction, set up the lesson by telling students that they will be creating a bungee jump for a Barbie® doll. Explain that students will conduct an experiment, collect data, and then use the data to predict the maximum number of rubber bands that should be used to give Barbie a safe jump from a height of 400 cm. Distribute the Barbie Bungee activity packet to each student. Before students begin, demonstrate how to create the double‑loop that attaches to Barbie’s feet. After all groups have completed the table, ask them to check their data. Questions for Students 1. Teacher Reflection
Molecules | Sunset Lake Software Molecules is an application for the iPhone, iPod touch, and now iPad that allows you to view three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulate them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. The combination of the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad's unique multitouch input system and the built-in OpenGL ES 3-D graphics capabilities enable you to feel like you are manipulating the molecules themselves with your fingers. New molecules can be downloaded from the RCSB Protein Data Bank ( an international repository of biological molecules and their 3-D structures, or NCBI's PubChem, a public database of compounds. Custom molecule structures can also be downloaded to the device from any publicly available web server. Molecules is free and its source code is available under the BSD license.
Believe in Ohio STEM connections The Believe in Ohio program invites high school and college students, their instructors and the community to take a virtual field trip into the innovation economy of the future that is being built in Ohio through a series of six, free, regionalized, online courses. What this course is about and why is it important? Our nation is being challenged on an unprecedented level to maintain its historic prosperity. In the face of this challenge, over the last decade, the State of Ohio and its regions have been building Ohio’s innovation economy of the future. Today, the State of Ohio offers great promise for students who want to build a prosperous future for themselves by developing an entrepreneurial mindset, working hard, and applying what they are learning to develop the new products and services and jobs of the future.
24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning 24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning by Mike Acedo 1. Makezine.com is a major hub for the maker’s movement, providing amateur makers and educators with a plethora of information, resources, and project ideas to implement for themselves, or in their classrooms. 2. This UK based tech company seeks to provide children of all ages and backgrounds with cheap, quality computers in hopes of educating kids in computer programming. For around 25$, educators can purchase a kit that includes the credit card sized computer, and simple how to assembly instructions. 3. The Maker Faire is an annual festival that takes place in multiple locations around the world, bringing together inventors, scientists, engineers, educators, tech enthusiasts, among other makers, to showcase innovation, learning, and celebrate the maker’s movement. 4. & 6. 24.