I use this as an introductory lesson for my engineering mini unit with my middle schoolers.
This lesson will define engineering and its 4 main categories. Students will brainstorm different ways they see engineering around them, and then categorize their ideas into civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering.
Additionally, STUDENTS WILL NEED ACCESS TO THE INTERNET (YOUTUBE) as they will visit the Youtube channel called Interesting Engineering to watch several 1 minute videos on recent developments in modern engineering. They will choose one to summarize from each of the 4 main engineering categories.
Finally, students will be introduced to the engineering design process and will define prototypes and constraints.
The lesson ends with a reflection which can be used as a ticket out the door.
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