TechLab

10 Reasons to Love Engineering

Why should children learn about engineering? – Our goal is to not only make children aware of the engineering profession and its impact on their lives, but also to help them understand other subjects more deeply through engineering. Our hope is to create a learning environment that engages all children and helps them to see themselves as the engineers who will be designing the future.
[http://www.mathmovesu.com/sites/default/files/raytheon_10engineering.pdf

  • give students choice in their learning path and implement inquiry-based learning – assessing this project – grade the process, not the final product or presentation. G.R.I.T. Rubric assesses students on their Guts, Resiliency, Integrity, and Tenacity throughout the project.
  • MatLab – intro, free textbook
  • Engineering: An Introduction for High School – free online textbook – Engineers contribute to the development of many innovations that improve life. We investigate how engineers work to meet human needs and great engineering accomplishments of the past. We also consider needs that engineering must meet in the future.
  • slides * Scratch * App Inventor * Design a toy * Cardboard – 3d model (123D), chair * Paper – geodesic dome, bridge, tower * storeroom – mystery box challenge
  • 2017.1 * cardboard chair. chainary structure * LEGO toys – model, no wheels, pull or motor. draw iso 3D * Plarn – plastic yarn made from bags http://pbskids.org/designsquad/video/

These are the modules in the Tech Lab

  • Applied Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Changing Oceans
  • CNC Manufacturing
  • Electricity
  • Energy, Power & Mechanics
  • Engineering Bridges
  • Flight Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • Future Fuels
  • Geometric Packing
  • Graphic Communications
  • Research & Design
  • Robots
  • Rocketry & Space

Challenge

  • topic – activities, some optional
  • Ask * Imagine * Plan, Create * Improve
  • points – save screenshot, document, audio, video ? badges
  • scores recorded. progress tracked, daily log – seesaw, edmodo, [/my.showbie.com showbie]
  • time – 1- 7 days, personal ? longer
  • example – paper, 3d thinking, foil boats

first / last 5 minutes

  • daily 5 – short videos, quizzes for the last 5 minutes of class – contribute to resources
  • 5 in 5 – use phone to brainstorm ideas for one of the challenge topics or questions. Something to do in the last few minutes of class. Provide 5 ideas. form – pre-filled with 5 blank lines
  • Kahoot! – 5 minutes end of period activity

hands-on / 40 min activities

  • marshmallows & toothpick towers/bridges
  • index card / craftstick & clips bridges
  • marble roller coaster
  • paper planes, foam glides
  • balloon rocket car
  • foil boat
  • paper – bridge, tower, geodesic dome, planes
  • the way things work – simple machines
  • stomp rockets, rockets
  • wearable technology
  • recycled and upcycled art
  • design a shoe + obstacle course

digital make, create

  • movie * camera, audio record – intro to tech Lab, modules
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Tinkercad
  • 123D family of 3d tools, apps * 123d make unique 3d models from 2d slices – 3d model, generate flat pieces to cut out and assemble into 3d model * biplane * examples * Autodesk Design Academy – design course, examples, careers
  • Virtual exhibitions – Creating an exhibition usually requires a lot of space and involves material costs. The virtual version, however, doesn’t have these downsides. Build the most creative showcases possible and visit them in virtual reality.
  • short projects – video one minute, one take. podcast. inforgraphic. screencast. 5 photo story.
  • InstaGrok – search interactive concept map
  • [/Last%205%20minutes Last 5 minutes] – find / create activities do this while waiting for the bell at end of period – quizlet, kahoot
  • design and build a toy – print pdf

solve

programming, coding

  • General Assembly
  • Scratch – create a game
  • Hour of Code – complete the coding certificate
  • MIT App Inventor – Android
  • imagine app – describe an app * outlines * MIT App inventor
  • Pixar in a Box – simulations, special effects
  • create an educational game – play some sample games – FunBrain, Arcademics, GameClassroom,, identify important elements, design, plan, prototype

ideas

  • The Way Things Work – research and create your own entry for the book – written, illustrated, narrated, animated
  • journeys / challenges – several related activities for kids who finish all the modules in year-long class – periods 7 & 7
  • try this – slide show throughout day – apps, projects
  • last 5 minutes * Kahoot! * Quizlet * 3d thinking puzzles * mobile learning – spatial puzzles
  • movies – – LEGO league promo, green screen
  • extra credit activities * women engineers job profiles * myVocabulary word lists * crossword puzzles * videos for lab modules * penny bridge * simple machines * isometric drawing * design a toy * entrepreneurs, innovation * built world * amazing structures, gadgets * hour of code * individual/group projects * web site pictures, articles * scratch, game, app * engineering everywhere / e4k pages
  • lab managers * balloon rocket cars * towers * competition

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