Science - The Engineering Design Process Unit with 14 STEM Design Challenges

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4th - 8th, Homeschool
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This unit teaches students about the Engineering Design Process through direct application of the process and various STEM principles in design challenges. Also included in this bundle are 8 Lessons on Geometric Shapes, Transversals, and Angles to complement the Engineering Design Process Unit.

Here are the descriptions of each of the individual resources:

Science - The Engineering Design Process Unit with 14 STEM Design Challenges

Part 1 of Bundle

This comprehensive 8 Lesson Unit introduces students to the STEM Concepts of Engineering Design Process through application in specific design challenges guided with teacher instruction. Students will learn about the steps and stages of the Engineering Design Process and will be able to identify and determine the aspects of each stage within a given problem.

The steps of the Engineering Design Process are presented as following:

Students will learn to identify a problem with constraints and limitations, brainstorm solutions, develop a plan, implement the plan, and then evaluate on ways to improve their solution.

This unit is aligned with Common Core Math and Next Generation Science Standards. Beyond basic STEM Concepts and the Engineering Design Process, this unit teaches students about some of the basic components of building structures such as the utilization of self-reinforcing geometric shapes like triangles.

This unit provides:

-Daily Lesson Plans
-Power Point Presentations
-Activities and Assignments
-Printable Worksheets
-Performance Assessment
-Extension Activity on Data Display using Microsoft Excel

*Updated on 2/23/16 - Included Complete Mini-Unit on Geometric Figures and Shapes to complement lessons on Triangles

8 Lesson Plans

-Triangle Sum
-Constructing Triangles
-Angles in Figures
-Angles in Figures
-Additional Practice Problems


Engineering Design Process Unit:

STEM Lesson # 1 - The Index Card Design Challenge
STEM Lesson # 2 – The Steps of the Engineering Design Process
STEM Lesson # 3 – Diagramming the Engineering Design Process
STEM Lesson # 4 – Geometry in Design and Triangle Sum Theorem
STEM Lesson # 5 – The Geometric Attributes of Triangles
STEM Lesson # 6 - The Design Process in Action
STEM Lesson # 7 - Displaying Data using Excel
STEM Lesson # 8 - Performance Assessment

Part 2 of Bundle

6 - STEM Challenges

These challenges are hands-on and very engaging. They also provide learning opportunities for students to build real world skills such as:

-Critical Thinking

Title of Challenges:
-Marshmallow Tower
-Stuffed Animal Chair
-Tennis Tower Challenge
-Tallest Tower Challenge
-Catapult Challenge
-Cane Toad Trap


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Total Pages
150 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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