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Engineers Month Giveaway #1


This week’s contest is now closed – stay tuned for next week!

Good news, teachers: in honor of National Engineers Week, eGFI will be giving away free packs of colorful, laminated eGFI cards for your classroom!

And because we love engineering so much, we’re extending the celebration all month and will be giving away one pack of our popular cards every week in February, 2011.

Here’s how it works: at the beginning of each week we’ll make a post just like this one, featuring a weekly question related to teaching engineering. All you have to do is answer the question in the comments below, and you will be automatically signed up for the drawing.

One entry per person per week please, and be sure to enter a valid email address. Each week’s winner will be chosen at random to receive one free pack of eGFI learning cards. Winners will be contacted shortly after the giveaway closes at 11:59pm EST the following Sunday.

And now, onto this week’s question:

What subjects and/or concepts would you most like to see covered in our lesson plans and class activities?

Write your answers and suggestions in the comments before 11:59pm EST Sunday, February 6 2011 to be automatically entered into our giveaway.

Good luck!

36 Responses to “Engineers Month Giveaway #1”

  1. I really like using activities to encourage the students critical thinking/problem solving skills.

  2. I would like to see lessons on basic electronic engineering, since mechanics and structural lessons are more common and are what most students automatically think of when they picture an engineer working. It would be good for them to see this aspect of it emphasized.

  3. I would like to see more lessons for middle school students. An activity for sixth graders covering manufacturing would be nice. The cheaper the better. Although I teach a sixth grade course, it is not covered by Perkins Funds.

  4. I would like to see lesson plans and or activities that could utilize LEGO NXT

  5. When I bring up the idea of introducing engineering into the elementary curriculum, one complaint I hear from teachers is that there is not enough time to fit anything else into the school day.

    I would love it if you could publish a series of quick 1-10 minute activities that could be used during extra minutes or in the day that usually get wasted. (Time spent lining up for example or time spent transitioning from one activity to another.)

    For example… I’m using “Computer Says” a version of Simon Says to teach the concept of sending commands to robots to our first graders. I found it on an MIT robotics outreach page. The last command I give the kids is usually, “Computer says all robots should quietly take their seat.” It only takes a minute, the kids love it, it makes for a smooth classroom transition and they have learned a simple concept regarding robotics and computer programming.

    I would love to be introduced to more fun, simple ways to squeeze some STEM into the extra minutes. 🙂

  6. I really like using activities that support the science standards and help the students learn to apply the science they have learned.

  7. Equating Engineering with activities that students love and can relate to…music and art. There is so much math involved with both.

  8. I would like to see you implement engineering with Newton’s Laws labs.

  9. I would love more specifically geared to the middle school level. I love what yall are doing! Keep it coming!

  10. I would like to see real life problem solving opportunities for young children in grades 3-5; especially for Gifted and Talented students.

  11. I would like to more inexpensive construction projects, especially ones that involve materials such as straws, toothpicks and paper. I would also like to see some chemical engineering lessons.

  12. Everything in one…math, science, and technology.

  13. I would like to see more lessons and activities which focus on materials science topics like metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. If you can provide 1-2 day mini units on materials or chemical engineering topics which expands content which is currently being taught in HS Chemistry and physics classes, we would be able to convince more colleagues to integrate engineering topics into their classes. I also agree that having a hands-on building project which requires a deeper understand of a chemical or physics topic would be great!

  14. A complete lesson plan on any engineering topic (urban, electrical, auto, etc.) that includes a student project which also covers ELA, Geography (different parts of the world), math measurements, art, etc.

  15. I love your site and am thankful for all of the great lesson plan ideas!!! You do have a good selection of environmental engineering lessons, but I’d love to see even more, even including some relating to agriculture, gardening and food systems. Thanks so much for allowing the input!

  16. Your site is wonderful! I would love to see more about systems and subsystems, as well as hands-on design activities where students can design and create something to solve a specific problem without additional materials being purchased – using common supplies that most people would already have, especially for the third-fifth grades. Incorporating specific science and math into an engineering-focused project of any kind is always a plus, as we move towards the STEM initiatives.

  17. I am always on the look out for lessons that can effectively address the Engineering Design Process. I believe that if I can really help students learn and apply this process to engineering, design, and other problems, they will have a critical building block for continuing their engineering studies in high school.

  18. I’m a transportation engineer who does outreach programs. My degree is in civil with a concentration in structural and though I love bridges, I’d really like to see something else from the broad civil arena. There are so many possibilities that haven’t been touched upon. One thing that I’ve been bringing into the schools recently since I’ve been working for a DOT is transportation safety. It’s really easy to make some parrallel’s between Newton’s law’s of motion and a broken raw egg that wasn’t properly restrained into it’s “vehicle.”

  19. You have provided a good variety of activities and lessons on your site. I would like to see a section where engineers could answer additional/extended questions my students might have about the results they found in activities they completed.

  20. I’d like to see more lessons that utilize online simulations. There are some impressive free tools out there, but it’s sometimes difficult to find them or get a feel for their quality. It would also be useful to have more context for them, which eGFI could provide.

  21. I really appreciate your lessons and ideas. I’d like to see more lessons that incorporate resources from NASA and NOAA.

  22. I would like to see some lessons/activities geared toward high school students for integrating CAD programs such as AutoCAD and Inventor into the Engineering/Technology curriculum.

  23. I think that making sure STEM lessons are included would be great since science, tech, engineering, and Math are integrated in real life.

  24. I would like to see more STEM activities for K-5 that would be easy to set up with easily accessible materials. Thanks for the great activity ideas that you publish. Today our 4th graders are engineering rooftops and testing their efficiency in a snow (flour) storm. :oJ

  25. I would like to see more Biomedical Engineering Lesson Activities where students can design and make a biomedical equipment that help ailing patients.

  26. I’d like to see design activities that are not only tied to math and science standards at the state level, but to research-based misconceptions K-12 students have about math and science concepts.

  27. My favorite lesson resources are fun activities for grades 5-8 that last 30 minutes to 1 hour, where materials are really cheap/easy to shop for.

  28. I would like to see more real world scenarios incorporated into math, science, and engineering. Teachers spend a majority of their time just teaching to the test and we need to equip our children for 21 century standards.

  29. I would like to see things geared Towards 1st and 2nd grade levels.

  30. I would love to see any of the wonderful ideas mentioned above – especially anything related to teaching mechanical engineering principles to gifted middle-school students!

  31. I would love to see more lessons that integrate Lego education materials.

  32. I like the problem solving skills that are developed through engineering in k-5

  33. I’d really love some cumulative activities that tie in multiple strands of engineering/physics. I have a “Tigger Tail Toss” cumulative design lab where students test a spring of unknown force constant and use their calculations to launch it into a target box. They really enjoyed the “real-life” problem solving and collaboration from that, and applied the concepts of force, energy and projectile motion all in one mega-lab! More activities would be great!

  34. Activities! Hands-on learning is the way to learn

  35. i think subjects related to laws of physics n mechanics are very helpfull in broadening the minds of students….

  36. Thanks to all who commented and congrats from eGFI to Jessica (#9), our giveaway winner!

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