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  1. Design Team Developed: Plastic Water Bottle Design

    30 Nov 2012

    This lesson plan, intended for grade 6, focuses on using mathematics to design the shape of a plastic water bottle to optimize the surface area to volume ratio and so reduce the amount of plastic used to make the bottles.

  2. Design Team Developed: Reasons for Seasons

    30 Nov 2012

    The Reasons for Seasons lesson, designed to meet 5th grade standards, addresses an important science concept involving the movements of the Earth around the Sun and the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis.

  3. Pill Bugs' Habitat Inquiry Activity

    11 Nov 2012

    This is an inquiry activity, aligned to grade 4-6 standards, in which students design fair test investigations to determine the habitat of pill bugs (roly polies).

  4. Teacher Reflection: Lehman, Prosthetic Leg, Fall 2012

    09 Oct 2012

    This is Jim Lehman's reflection on the prosthetic leg activity in Fall 2012.

  5. Model Ecosystem Video

    04 Oct 2012

    In this video, Professor David Eichinger discusses a model ecosystem activity that is used in Biology for Elementary Teachers and is applicable to the elementary classroom.

  6. Model Ecosystem Video

    04 Oct 2012

    In this video, Professor David Eichinger discusses a model ecosystem activity that is used in Biology for Elementary Teachers and is applicable to the elementary classroom.

  7. Design Team Developed: Sun Tracking System for a Solar Panel

    13 Sep 2012

    This lesson plan is designed for 6th grade and addresses topics related to the sun-earth-moon system. Specifically, this lesson addresses that seasons result from the tilt of the earth, which causes changes in sunlight intensity and length of day. Related mathematical standards address...

  8. Design Team Developed: Solar Panel

    06 Sep 2012

    This lesson plan is designed for 6th grade and covers 'Solar Panel' in the content area of Earth and Space Science. Extension activities and PowerPoint slides about solar panel are included.

  9. Design Team Developed: Conservation of Mass

    06 Sep 2012

    This lesson plan is designed for 5th grade and covers "conservation of mass." PowerPoint slides about 'Gas Mass & Conservation of Mass' is also included.

  10. Design Team Developed: Paper Recycling

    06 Sep 2012

    This lesson plan is designed for 5th grade and covers "volume and mass."

  11. Design Team Developed: Reindeer Habitat

    06 Sep 2012

    This lesson plan is designed fro 6th grade and covers life science topics in science and are calculations in math. In engineering, the importance of using scientific and engineering vocabulary in explanations & justifications is emphasized.

  12. EDCI Sticky Bridges Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 5 lesson plan, mass and structure

  13. EDCI Strong Book Nook Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 6 lesson plan, engineering design process.

  14. EDCI Boats Afloat Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 5 lesson plan, buoyancy.

  15. EDCI Wind Turbines Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 5 lesson plan, weight and mass.

  16. EDCI Bridging the Gap Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 5 lesson plan, structures.

  17. EDCI Keep it Cool Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    5th grade lesson plan, insulation and heat transfer

  18. Think-aloud Protocol Analysis as a Measure of Students' Science Learning through Design Assessment

    28 Mar 2012 | Publications

    Research has indicated that authentic engineering design tasks hold the attention andinterest of students and can lead to deeper levels of science engagement (Fortus, Dershimer, Krajcik, Marx, & Mamlok-Naaman, 2004; Roth, 1996; 1997; 1998). However, there is a need for student assessments...

  19. EDCI Catapults Sp 2012

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

  20. EDCI Popsicle Bridge Sp12

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    EDCI lesson plan about creating a bridge to span a certain distance and hold a load.