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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

    Golf Clubs Golf Club Test Activity

    Students are introduced to two types of metal that are used to make golf clubs. They test the clubs to see which one hits the farthest. Concepts of math and graphing are used to analyze trends.

    Grade Level: 4-12
    Materials Included: Golf clubs and other test equipment
    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

    Bridge Breaker Bridge Breaker

    Students learn about elements used in structure design. They build a bridge and test it to see how much weight it will hold.

    Grade Level: K-12
    Materials Included: Testing Equipment
    Additional Materials Needed: Y, see lesson plan

    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


    Lab and Demonstration Equipment

    Hot Plates Hot Plates

    Materials Included: 15 Hot Plates

    Distillation Kits Distillation Kits

    15 Sets Include: Funnels, Copper Coil Tubes, Flasks, Beakers and Rubber Stoppers

    Van De Graff Generator Van De Graff Generator

    Materials Included: Safety DVD, Generator, Discharge Electrode, Other Demonstration Activities


    Videos

    Building Big: Domes
    Building Big: Skyscrapers
    Building Big: Tunnels
    Building Big: Dams
    Building Big: Bridges
    A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama
    Nova: Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine
    Pixar Short Films Collection
    National Geographic: Mega Structures Vol. 1

    • Mega Plane
    • Inside a Super Casino
    National Geographic: Mega Structures Vol. 2
    • Ekati Diamond Mine
    • Super Port
    Extreme Engineering: Collection 1
    • Widening the Panama Canal
    • Boston’s Big Dig
    • Building Hong Kong’s Airport
    • Tunneling Under the Alps
    • Iceland Tunnels
    • Container Ships
    • Oakland Bay Bridge
    • Venice Flood Gates
    Extreme Engineering: Collection 2
    • Bridging the Bering Strait
    • Tokyo’s Sky City
    • Subways in America
    • Transatlantic Tunnel
    Modern Marvels: Future Tech
    Modern Marvels: Big and Small
    Modern Marvels: Roller coasters: Search for the Ultimate Thrill
    Modern Marvels: Super Human
    Modern Marvels: The World’s Fastest
    Modern Marvels: Christmas Tech
    Modern Marvels: Halloween Tech
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 1
    • Engineering Disasters
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 2
    • Engineering Disasters
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 3
    • Engineering Disasters
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 4
    • Engineering Disasters
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 5
    • Engineering Disasters
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 6
    • Racetrack Tech
    • The Autobahn
    • The F-14
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 7
    • The Manhattan Project
    • D-Day Tech
    • Bullets
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 8
    • Space Shuttle Columbia
    • ET Tech
    • Rubber
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 9
    • James Bond Gadgets
    • Bathroom Tech
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 10
    • Distillers
    • Harvesting
    • Candy
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 11
    • The Sears Tower
    • The Chrysler Building
    • Twin Towers of the East
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 12
    • New York Bridges
    • George Washington Bridge
    • Bridges
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 13
    • The World’s Longest Bridge
    • Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel
    • Lighthouses
    The Best of Modern Marvels Vol. 14
    • Overseas Highway
    • The Mackinac Bridge
    • Quarries

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