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  1. Dog gone it!

    08 Jun 2015 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This design challenge, for students in grade 3, focuses on simple and compound machines. The objective of the challenge is to design a compound machine to help a large breed of dog to get into and out of the back of a car.

  2. STEMEdhub: Supporting STEM Education Initiatives via the H U Bzero Platform

    07 Apr 2015

    Built as one of 60+ hubs on the HUBzero platform, STEMEdhub was developed in 2011 as a resource for research, education, and collaboration in STEM education. The hub currently supports 82 different groups. In this article, the authors describe two specific groups (SLED and AAU) that are taking...

  3. Bio-Inspired Paper Flowers

    03 Jun 2014 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 lesson introduces students to the basic structures of plants and their functions. Students are challenged to create paper flowers that turn colors through processes that mimics how real plants function.

  4. Save the Wolf (Simple Machines)

    03 Jun 2014 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 design lesson introduces simple machines and challenges students to use simple machines to create a device to capture a wolf.

  5. Earthen Dam Design Task

    03 Jun 2014 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 design task focuses on earth materials and the construction of an earthen dam.

  6. Drink Pouch

    11 Jun 2013 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This 3rd grade design activity is focused on creating a drink pouch that can keep a drink cool in the hot sun.

  7. Design of Musical Instruments for a Rock Band

    10 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 design task helps students to learn about sound by designing a stringed musical instrument.

  8. Sound Absorption

    09 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 lesson plan focuses on a design task to create a wall to absorb sound.

  9. Exploring Whirligigs

    09 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This inquiry lesson, for grades 3-4, involves students conducting a fair test investigation to determine the way an object (a whirligig) falls through the air and how this fall depends on its mass, surface area, and other factors. This lesson is an adaptation of a lesson developed by...

  10. Design Team Developed: Plastic Water Bottle Design

    30 Nov 2012 | Lesson Plans

    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.

  11. Pill Bugs' Habitat Inquiry Activity

    11 Nov 2012 | Lesson Plans

    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).

  12. Model Ecosystem Video

    04 Oct 2012 | Demonstration Video

    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.

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

    13 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans

    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...

  14. Design Team Developed: Reindeer Habitat

    06 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans

    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.

  15. EDCI Strong Book Nook Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 6 lesson plan, engineering design process.

  16. 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...

  17. EDCI Catapults Sp 2012

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

  18. EDCI Rollercoaster Energy Spring 2012

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    EDCI lesson plan about potential and kinetic energy.

  19. Design Team Developed: Hot/Cold Pack

    13 Jan 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Create a hot/cold pack- 6th grade

  20. Design Team Developed: Sensing Vibration

    03 Jan 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Lesson Plan.