Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Mary Lord
Students in grades 6-7 build light meters and investigate the nature, sources, and levels of light in their classroom. learning about the adverse effects of artificial light on humans, animals, and plants as well as the engineering concepts of sensors and lumen and lux (lx) illuminance units. They also learn how to better use light and save energy as well as some of the technologies designed by engineers to reduce light pollution and energy waste.
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Tags: Class Activities, Computer Science, data analysis, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental science, Grades 6-8, graphing, LEGO MINDSTROMS, Light pollution, lumens, lux, Mathematics, measuring, sensors
Posted on February 16th, 2017 by Mary Lord
Middle school students learn that ordinary people like themselves can make meaningful contributions to science by reviewing examples of citizen science projects on Zooniverse, an interactive website. They then form “engineering teams” to brainstorm projects for their own community and design conceptual interactive websites that could organize and support them.
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Tags: Citizen Science, Class Activities, data analysis, environment, Grades 6-8, Lesson Plan, Website
Posted on January 29th, 2016 by Mary Lord
Teams of high school students use their understanding of projectile physics and fluid dynamics to calculate the water pressure in squirt guns by measuring the range of the water jets. They create graphs to analyze how the predicted pressure relates to the number of times they pump the water gun before shooting.
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Tags: Bernoulli, calculations, Class Activities, data analysis, fluid dynamics, forces and motion, Grades 9-12, graph, Mathematics, measurement, Physics, pressure, projectile, Super Soaker, variables, velocity, water gun