This program addresses the newly adopted Oregon Engineering Design Science Standards. This program will provide teachers with a model for teaching the Engineering Design process, while engaging students in a hands-on introduction to engineering.
This program is available October 1, 2013 through June 6, 2014.
Grades 3 – 8
This program provides the following elements:
• An introduction to the Engineering Design process
• Background information on the identified problem
• Student groups each define the problem in a way that can be approached with engineering design and scientific principles
• Generation of possible solutions
• Planning and building a prototype of a solution
• Testing and data collection
• Evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of results
Labs will require approximately 90 minute blocks of time over four days, similar to our Illuminating Science Inquiry program. The first session introduces students to the Engineering Design Process and gives them the background information to begin generating solutions to a problem and designing a prototype. In the second session, groups build a solution, and test it for its efficacy. During session three, a new challenge is introduced and students begin the Engineering Design Process again: defining the problem, brainstorming solutions, and designing and building a prototype. By day four, they test their designs, compare group results and analyze and evaluate their prototypes.
Teachers may opt to have students produce a practice work sample during days 3 and 4.
Slow it Down!
In this engineering challenge, students will experiment with two ways of guiding a car safely down a mountain. In the first challenge, they will redesign the car to stay on a narrow and steep rail. In the second challenge, students will redesign a steep road so that cars can travel safely from the top of the mountain to the bottom.
Harness the power of wind in this engineering challenge. Students engineer a sail to move their ship in order to reach the mainland in safety. In the second challenge, students use what they learned about sails to design and build windmill blades in order to lift a weight or generate electricity.