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The College of Engineering makes the following hands-on activities and videos available for checkout for local teachers. Many of these resources accompany our lesson plans, available without restriction to K-12 teachers.


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    Catapults
    Catapults

    Students learn about forces and the motion that can occur as a result. They are introduced to tension as a force. They construct a catapult and determine which length of lever is most effective. Adaptations include engineering a catapult that can launch 3 feet and another that launches 40 feet. With the adaptations, students create a graph and analyze the data.

    Grade Level: 7-12
    Materials Included: 8 Kits, enough for 32 students
    Additional Materials Needed: None

    Programming Robots
    Programming Robot

    Students are introduced to concepts of computer programming. They program a robot to write the first letter of their name. If more time is available, students take part in other programming challenges including King of the Hill and mazes.

    Grade Level: 4-12
    Materials Included: 12 Robots, enough for 24-36 students
    Additional Materials Needed: Y, see lesson plan

    Wind Turbines
    Wind Turbines

    Students are introduced to turbines as a form of generating electricity. They construct wind turbine blades to generate enough voltage to light a LED bulb.

    Grade Level: K-12
    Materials Included: 1 Turbine Structure, 12 Hub and Dowel Sets, enough for 36 students
    Additional Materials Needed: Y, see lesson plan

    Water Bottle Rockets
    Water Bottle Rockets

    Students learn about air pressure and aerodynamics. They construct a bottle rocket and use trigonometric functions to determine the maximum height of their rocket.

    Grade Level: K-12
    Materials Included: 1 Rocket Launcher and 1 Bike Pump
    Additional Materials Needed: Y, see lesson plan

    Heart Valve Activity Test Equipment
    Heart Valve Activity Test Equipment

    Students learn about fluid dynamics as well as how valves in our bodies function. They construct a heart valve that will only allow fluids to travel in one direction.

    Grade Level: 4-12
    Materials Included: Testing Equipment and Sample Valves
    Additional Materials Needed: Y, see lesson plan

    Solar Cars
    Solar Cars

    Students learn about photovoltaic properties as they construct a solar powered car. They learn about efficiency and perpendicular angles as they try to create movement. Other alternative energy concepts can also be introduced, including fuel cells, etc.

    Grade Level: 4-12
    Materials Included: 10 Solar Cars and Testing Equipment
    Additional Materials Needed: None

    Exploring Engineering Kits
    Exploring Engineering Kit

    Students learn about 8 different areas of engineering as they interact with real products of engineering, including asphalt, robots, artificial heart and the world’s smallest projector.

    Grade Level: K-12
    Materials Included: Engineering Products
    Additional Materials Needed: None

    Truss Sets
    Truss Sets

    Students learn concepts of physics through truss design. They build structures made of structures and test the load distribution as a weighted car travels across the structure. Students can build roller coasters, bridges or anything other structure made of trusses.

    Grade Level: 6-12
    Materials Included: 6 Kits, enough for 30 students
    Additional Materials Needed: N


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