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TeachEngineering.org is a digital collection of FREE, classroom-tested, NGSS- and CCMS-aligned, hands-on, K-12 STEM curricular units, lessons, activities and maker challenges designed for educators!
 
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Students design, build and test model roller coasters using foam tubing! The design process integrates energy concepts as they test and evaluate designs that address the task as an engineer would. The goal is for students to understand the basics of
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Students discover how engineers can use biomimicry to enhance their designs. They learn how the careful observation of nature—becoming a nature detective, so to speak—can lead to new innovations and products. In this activity, students reverse
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To reinforce students' understanding of the human digestion process, the functions of several stomach and small intestine fluids are analyzed, and the concept of simulation is introduced through a short, introductory demonstration of how these
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Student teams locate a contaminant spill in a hypothetical site by measuring the pH of soil samples. Then they predict the direction of groundwater flow using mathematical modeling. They also follow the steps of the engineering design process to
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In this four-lesson "legacy cycle" unit, students learn and use the properties of light to solve the following challenge: "A mummified troll was discovered this summer at our school and it has generated lots of interest worldwide. The principal
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With the help of simple, teacher-led demonstration activities, students learn the basic physics of heat transfer by means of conduction, convection and radiation. They also learn about examples of heating and cooling devices, from stove tops to car
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Through an introduction to the design of lighting systems and the electromagnetic spectrum, students learn about the concept of daylighting as well as two types of light bulbs (lamps) often used in energy-efficient lighting design. Students learn
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Students learn about water quality testing and basic water treatment processes and technology options. Biological, physical and chemical treatment processes are addressed, as well as physical and biological water quality testing, including testing
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Students experience civil and environmental engineering by planning a housing development in an existing biome, while also protecting the native species that live there. They conduct research, draw plans, make brochures and give presentations, with
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Students learn how common pop culture references (Harry Potter books) can relate to chemistry. While making and demonstrating their own low-intensity sparklers (muggle-versions of magic wands), students learn and come to appreciate the chemistry
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The Energy Systems and Solutions unit brings students through the exploration of science and engineering concepts as they relate to energy issues in everyday life. Issues surrounding energy production and energy consumption provide a relevant theme
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Students act as surgical residents for the day. Working in teams, they use surgical instruments to complete tasks that are inside of a box, hidden from direct view. They are able to see inside of the box with the help of a "laparoscope" (webcam and
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Students are introduced to the role of electricity and magnetism as they build speakers. They also explore the properties of magnets, create electromagnets, and determine the directions of magnetic fields. They conduct a scientific experiment and
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Students act as Mars exploratory rover engineers. They evaluate rover equipment options and determine what parts fit in a provided NASA budget. With a given parts list, teams use these constraints to design for their rover. The students build and
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The basic processes involved in manufacturing systems are demonstrated while students produce their own picture frames. They learn about cutting, shaping, assembly, joining and finishing, as well as attention to quality, safety and production
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Students learn the engineering design process by following the steps, from problem identification to designing a device and evaluating its efficacy and areas for improvement. A quick story at the beginning of the activity sets up the challenge: A
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Students learn all about the body's essential mighty organ, the heart, as well as the powerful blood vascular system. This includes information on the many different sizes and pervasiveness of capillaries, veins and arteries, and how they affect
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Students are introduced to the world of creative engineering product design. Through six activities, teams work through the steps of the engineering design process (or loop) by completing an actual design challenge presented in six steps. The
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Through this earth science curricular unit, student teams are presented with the scenario that an asteroid will impact the Earth. In response, their challenge is to design the location and size of underground caverns to shelter the people from an
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Some of the flavoring in bubble gum is due to the sugar or other sweetener it contains. As gum is chewed, the sugar dissolves and is swallowed. After a piece of gum loses its sweetness, it can be left to dry at room temperature and then the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The TeachEngineering digital library provides classroom-tested curricula to teach the engineering design process, engineering habits of mind, engineering systems thinking and problem solving. The collection of curricular materials also provides fun and creative ways to teach the fundamentals of K-12 science and math topics—all through the lens of real-world engineering. The digital library is composed of K-12 curricula created by 50+ U.S. engineering colleges working with thousands of practicing teachers. The small, nonprofit National Science Foundation-funded TeachEngineering team oversees a peer-review-based publishing process, applying rigorous publication standards to ensure high quality and alignment to evolving K-12 STEM educational standards.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Our thorough 1,650 lesson and activity write-ups are designed to make applied science and math come alive through engineering context and/or engineering design for all sorts of K-12 settings! Use the teacher-friendly curricula to bring a range of engineering concepts, approaches and disciplines to students for a single day, a unit or an entire course. Our resources are aligned to K-12 math and science educational standards, including Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math Standards and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA).

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

TeachEngineering is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and partnered with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

The TeachEngineering team is comprised of K-16 STEM educators who have many years of experience educating youth of all ages in fun, hands-on ways!

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