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The Art of Approximation in Science and Engineering: How to Whip Out Answers Quickly
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The purpose of this learning video is to show students how to think more freely about math and science problems. Sometimes getting an approximate answer in a much shorter period of time is well worth the time saved. This video explores techniques for making quick, back-of-the-envelope approximations that are not only surprisingly accurate, but are also illuminating for building intuition in understanding science. This video touches upon 10th-grade level Algebra I and first-year high school physics, but the concepts covered (velocity, distance, mass, etc) are basic enough that science-oriented younger students would understand. If desired, teachers may bring in pendula of various lengths, weights to hang, and a stopwatch to measure period. Examples of in- class exercises for between the video segments include: asking students to estimate 29 x 31 without a calculator or paper and pencil; and asking students how close they can get to a black hole without getting sucked in.

Subject:
Engineering
Algebra
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Stephen M. Hou
Date Added:
02/15/2018
The Art of Making Layer Cakes: Proper Construction of Bituminous Roads and Highways
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The aim of this video is to introduce high school students to the engineering concept of road construction and to the reasons why problems might arise in road construction. Presentation of this concept is made more accessible to students by comparing road construction to the art of baking a layer cake. This simple comparison can serve to emphasize how important it is to follow proper procedures and to use proper materials for successful road construction. The approach used is highly correlated with the common knowledge of baking layer cakes in Malaysia. Students should be able to relate the procedure of baking a layer cake to the importance of following the correct methods of road construction. An understanding of basic statistics is necessary before starting this lesson. This lesson will take almost 60 minutes to complete. During activity breaks, students are required to answer questions and complete assigned tasks related to the subject.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Dr Norhidayah Abdul Hassan, Dr Mariyana Aida Ab. Kadir, Dr Sarimah Shamsudin
Date Added:
02/15/2018
Basics of Fluid Mechanics
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This book, Basics of Fluid Mechanics, describes the fundamentals of fluid mechanics phenomena for engineers and others. This book is designed to replace all introductory textbook(s) or instructor’s notes for the fluid mechanics in undergraduate classes for engineering/science students but also for technical peoples. It is hoped that the book could be used as a reference book for people who have at least some basics knowledge of science areas such as calculus, physics, etc.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Genick Bar-Meir
Date Added:
10/28/2014
Engineering: An Introduction for High School
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Introduces engineering techniques and practices to high school students. The nature of engineering and it's societal impact are covered, as well as the educational and legal requirements needed to become an engineer. This book is designed for a broad range of student abilities and does not require significant math or science prerequisites.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Baker, Dale
Ganesh, Tirupalavanam G.
Krause, Stephen
Morrell, Darryl
Roberts, Chell
White-Taylor, Janel
Date Added:
09/17/2009
Engineering: Simple Machines
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Unit Summary: Simple machines are devices with few or no moving parts that make work easier. Students are introduced to the six types of simple machines "” the wedge, wheel and axle, lever, inclined plane, screw, and pulley "” in the context of the construction of a pyramid, gaining high-level insights into tools that have been used since ancient times and are still in use today. In two hands-on activities, students begin their own pyramid design by performing materials calculations, and evaluating and selecting a construction site. The six simple machines are examined in more depth in subsequent lessons in this unit.

Engineering Connection: Why do engineers care about simple machines? How do such devices help engineers improve society? Simple machines are important and common in our world today in the form of everyday devices (crowbars, wheelbarrows, highway ramps, etc.) that individuals, and especially engineers, use on a daily basis. The same physical principles and mechanical advantages of simple machines used by ancient engineers to build pyramids are employed by today's engineers to construct modern structures such as houses, bridges, and skyscrapers. Simple machines give engineers added tools for solving everyday challenges.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Kelly Newton
Date Added:
04/29/2018
From Psychology to Logic: Learning Computer Programming in the Kitchen
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This lesson focuses on the biggest problem faced by any young programmer - i.e. the LOGIC BUILDING required while solving a particular problem. With programming, the solution to a particular problem lies in the head, but one is unable to convert it into a computer program. This is because the thought processes of a human are much faster than the sense of observation. If this thought process could be slowed down, logic to solve a programming problem could be found very easily. This lesson focuses on converting this psychological thought process in a step-by -step logic fashion that a computer program can understand. This lesson is recorded in a kitchen where the basic programming concepts are taught by giving examples from the process of making a mango milk shake. This lesson teaches the 4 following techniques: 1) Swapping two variables by swapping a glass of milk with a glass of crushed ice; 2) Finding max from an array by finding the biggest mango; 3) Sorting an array by arranging the jars; and 4) Understanding the concept of a function, parameters and return type by comparing it with the blender/juicer. The lesson targets those students who know the syntax of programming in any language (C or GWBASIC preferred), but are unable to build the logic for a program. It can be taught in a class of 45 to 50 minutes.

This lesson is also available in Mandarin Chinese.

Subject:
Engineering
Psychology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Tanzeela Ali
Date Added:
02/15/2018
Get Bent: Illuminating Standards Video Series
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High School seniors in San Diego, California designed and built curved wooden chairs, researching design and marketing, using CAD programs and shop tools. The project authentically incorporated high-level high school math. This film features an interview with the math teacher and the art teacher, and shows multiple drafting of the work. Illuminates Mathematical Practice Standard 1.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
07/03/2018
Is There A Connection Between Computer Network Topologies And A Malaysian Wedding?
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The aim of this video lesson is to teach students about the different topologies of computer networks and how they function. The approach that is used is highly correlated with common knowledge about weddings and the local Malay culture associated with weddings. Students should be able to relate the act of delivering food to a large crowd of people to the basic principles of network topologies and the method of data transfer within each type of topology. The lesson will begin in a classroom with students working in small groups, answering assigned questions. Teaching aids such as color cards will be used. One student from each group will be appointed as the wedding event manager, and she/he will have to discuss and act out with group members in order to answer more challenging questions. At the end of the lesson, students will be asked to come up with their own version of a hybrid computer network topology. The lesson concept taught here not only educates students on computer topologies, but also introduces students to an important cultural perspective of Malaysia. Above all, this video is designed to assist students with their study of Computer Literacy in schools. The lesson will take up to 60 minutes to complete. Materials needed include: 10 red cards representing waitresses; 10 green cards representing waiters; 10 blue cards representing tables in the hall; a sketch book; and classroom tables and chairs.

Subject:
Computer Science
Engineering
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Dr. Zaleha Abdullah Juhazreen, Juhazreen Junaidi, Norah Md. Noor, Dr. Noor Azean Atan, Dr. Mohd Nihra Haruzuan Mohamad Said, Dr. Shaharuddin Md Salleh
Date Added:
02/15/2018
LEGO Brick Balloon Car Racer
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This lesson will allow students to build their own balloon car racer as an introduction to engineering and coding.  Each pair or team of students will be able to engineer their balloon car, measure the performance of their cars using yard sticks, and set up a basic algorithm to construct and run their machine.PURPOSEThe goals for this lesson are to: (1) integrate engineering and coding to young students; (2) have students independenty identify the steps (an algorithm) to build and improve their racers; (4) be able to spot "bugs" in their algorithm; (3) integrate measurement and addition operations to determine which car went furthest overall; and (4) teach perserverance by showing students that it is normal to find bugs in algorithms/coding.   

Subject:
Computer Science
Engineering
Speaking and Listening
Measurement and Data
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Amanda Murray
Date Added:
03/17/2019
Light Your Way
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Using the engineering design process,students will be designing and building a lantern that they will hypothetically be taking with them as they explore a newly discovered cave. The criteria of the completed lantern will include: hands need to be free for climbing, the lantern must have an on/off switch, it must point ahead when they are walking so they can see in the dark, and the lantern must be able to stay lit for at least 15 minutes. The constraints of the activity will be limited materials with which to build. At the completion of the activity, the students will present their final lantern to the class explaining how they revised and adapted the lantern to meet the criteria of the project. Students will include in the presentation the sketch of the model they created prior to building showing the labeled circuit they designed. This activity was one of numerous engineering lessons from the Virginia Children's Engineering Council geared towards Grades 1-5. http://www.childrensengineering.org/technology/designbriefs.php

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC)
Provider Set:
NGSS@NSTA
Date Added:
02/16/2018
Modeling and Simulation for High School Teachers: Principles, Problems, and Lesson Plans
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A collaboration between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the CK-12 Foundation, this book provides high school mathematics and physics teachers with an introduction to the main principles of modeling and simulation used in science and engineering. An appendix of lesson plans is included.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Date Added:
04/03/2018
Nanoleap: Student Journal (Teacher's Edition)
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This teacher's edition provides suggestions for using the Nanoleap Student Journal in the classroom. Nanoleap is a Physical Science journal that supports student investgation of forces of change and nanoscale.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
MCREL
Morrow, Christine
Ristvey, John
Date Added:
10/13/2009
Nanotechnology - Nano Sense (Student's Edition)
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These NanoSense Student Materials have been designed to help high school students understand science concepts that account for nanoscale phenomena, and the principles, applications, and implications of nanoscale science.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Schank, Patricia
Stanford, Tina
Date Added:
10/09/2009
Nanotechnology - Nano Sense (Teacher's Edition)
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These NanoSense Teacher Materials been designed to help teachers help high school students understand science concepts that account for nanoscale phenomena, and the principles, applications, and implications of nanoscale science.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Schank, Patricia
Stanford, Tina
Date Added:
10/09/2009
ReVOLT: Illuminating Standards Video Series
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Eighth grade students in Portland, ME tackle a real world problem by designing devices for developing countries that transform energy and benefit society during a five-month interdisciplinary project. The project combined sophisticated STEM learning with social studies and language arts content and skills. This film features interviews with former students and with a range of teachers, documenting in particular the collaboration of the teaching team.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
07/03/2018
Structure and Function (modified PLTW unit)
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* This unit is an adaptation of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Kindergarten Curriculum.  PLTW, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that develops STEM curricula for US schools.  The source material is copyrighted and schools or districts are required to pay an annual participation fee and agree to the implementation terms of use.  With this in mind, only the adaptations will be explored in this unit document and it is intended to be used only to supplement the purchased PLTW resource.

The Project Lead the Way model uses ebook stories to introduce an engineering problem for students to solve.  Students then work through a series of hands-on challenges as they learn the unit concepts, such as the design process and key terms such as "structure" and "function".  This unit's activities include:

1 - Design and build a beanstalk that can support a small object, inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk.

2 - Design and build a straw (toothpick), stick (popsicle stick) or brick (clay) house that can withstand the wind current from a wolf (a strong fan), inspired by The Three Little PIgs.

3 - Design and build a new a new kind of paintbrush.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Patrick McEneany
Date Added:
10/01/2017
Thermodynamics: Energy Conversion in Generating Electricity
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This lesson is an introductory topic in thermodynamics, on the conversion of energy. The aim of this video is to support students in visualizing the conversion of energy and its importance in real world applications. For this reason, everyday examples are used to help students see the conversion of energy around them. Energy conversion is explored through a simple example of generating electricity for lighting up a shadow puppetry play in a village. The chain process of energy conversion is illustrated until the end product of electricity. This example of electricity generation is further illustrated in an actual industrial setting by taking the viewers to a Power Plant, where viewers will see and hear the explanation of a mechanical engineer on the equipment used to produce electricity that we use in homes and businesses. This important concept of energy conversion is crucial for students to understand as a basis for learning other concepts in Thermodynamics.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Ir. Hayati Abdullah, Syed Ahmad Helmi Syed Hassan, Ir. Latifah Malek, Dr Normah Mulop, Dr Khairiyah Mohd Yusof
Date Added:
02/15/2018
Unit 7.3 “The Stuff We Use and Where it Comes From”: Life Cycle of Building Materials
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Students use product life cycle models to explore the relationships between the things we manufacture and use to meet society's needs and the natural resources utilized to make these things. Throughout the unit students are challenged to discover and use scientific evidence to select the best wall insulation material for a community building.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Mi-STAR
Date Added:
12/29/2017
Using Geometry to Design Simple Machines
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This video is meant to be a fun, hands-on session that gets students to think hard about how machines work. It teaches them the connection between the geometry that they study and the kinematics that engineers use -- explaining that kinematics is simply geometry in motion. In this lesson, geometry will be used in a way that students are not used to. Materials necessary for the hands-on activities include two options: pegboard, nails/screws and a small saw; or colored construction paper, thumbtacks and scissors. Some in-class activities for the breaks between the video segments include: exploring the role of geometry in a slider-crank mechanism; determining at which point to locate a joint or bearing in a mechanism; recognizing useful mechanisms in the students' communities that employ the same guided motion they have been studying.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Geometry
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Daniel D. Frey
MIT BLOSSOMS
Date Added:
02/15/2018