In this lesson, pairs of students in grades 4 to 7 will learn about the engineering design process and electrical circuits by building a dance pad that sounds a buzzer or flashes a light when stepped on.
Despite the anxiety triggered by last spring’s nuclear disaster in Japan, nuclear power is still a key part of this country’s energy mix. Industry and universities are enlisting help from teachers in preparing the next generation of nuclear engineers and technicians.
A Purdue University engineering professor has found that building and racing go-karts is a great way not only to interest his own students in science and engineering, but at-risk middle-school kids as well.
This lesson engages students in grades 6-8 in an electrolysis activity separating hydrogen and oxygen to help them understand how hydrogen is created to be used as an energy source.
In this single-session activity, students in grades 1-5 participate in a hands-on science investigation of electricity. They learn through discovery about how electricity works. Students’ natural curiosity and sense of exploration enable them to explore and learn on their own with minimal input from the teacher.
Energy Kids is an excellent K-12 teaching resource with background information, historic profiles, games, activities, and lesson plans. Kids Saving Energy focuses on students grades K-3 and saving energy in the home.
Brief, engaging webisodes feature the work of Department of Defense engineers and scientists, ranging from dolphin training to austronauts’ high tech gloves to computer design of naval vessels. The web videos encourage student interest in STEM subjects and technical careers at a Defense laboratory.
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) is a middle through high school robotics competition whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers fields. BEST Inc. itself is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that licenses the annual competition to sites (”hubs”) around the U.S. Twenty-four colleges and universities in addition to 12 independent groups operate BEST hubs in their communities/regions.