Intro to Mechanical Engineering Career Exploration Challenge (distance learning)

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Grade Levels
6th - 10th, Homeschool
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21 pages
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From toothbrushes to tractors, machines are everywhere! This Intro to Mechanical Engineering STEM Challenge is a self-guided distance learning career exploration mini course for teens to learn what mechanical engineering is, explore careers in mechanical engineering, test drive this engineering career through hands-on activities, and practice skills needed to succeed as a mechanical engineer. Delivered in interactive Google Slides and PDF formats including:

1. online mechanical career exploration resources including virtual job shadow YouTube video, career information sheet in English and Spanish, and career focused 'test drive' activity

2. Mechanical Engineering 101 video lesson with guiding questions

3. short quiz with answer key

4. Core Design Process video lesson with guided notes

5. Mechanical engineering design challenge with student friendly step by step directions. In this engineering design challenge students will apply everything they learned to create a mechanical engineering device.

6. googleslide project rubric (2 slides)

7. links to additional online resources to explore careers in mechanical engineering

8. bonus mechanical engineering roller coaster challenge to use as an extension or for early finishers

This Challenge is provided as one cohesive Google Slides and PDF document with embedded links to corresponding online activities for easy uploading and sharing in your online classroom! This Challenge is designed to be completed independently using only simple materials found around the house or classroom, taking approximately 3 hours for students to complete - a fun distance learning or in person activity!

Directly aligned with NGSS MS-ETS1-4. Supports TEKS.SCI.6.2.B, TEKS.SCI.8.2.B, TEKS.SCI.7.2.B.

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21 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


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