K.4D.1 Create structures using natural or designed materials and simple tools.
K.4D.2 Show how components of designed structures can be disassembled and reassembled.
1.4D.1 Identify basic tools used in engineering design.
1.4D.2 Demonstrate that designed structures have parts that work together to perform a function.
1.4D.3 Show how tools are used to complete tasks every day.
- Earth Rocks! - students categroize rocks, soils, and minerals and how engineers use these materials
2.4D.1 Use tools to construct a simple designed structure out of common objects and materials.
2.4D.2 Work with a team to complete a designed structure that can be shared with others.
2.4D.3 Describe an engineering design that is used to solve a problem or address a need.
3.4D.1 Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design, propose a solution, and design a prototype.
3.4D.2 Describe how recent inventions have significantly changed the way people live.
3.4D.3 Give examples of inventions that enable scientists to observe things that are too small or too far away.
4.4D.1 Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design using science principles.
4.4D.2 Design, construct, and test a prototype of a possible solution to a problem using tools, materials, and resources.
4.4D.3 Explain how the solution to one problem may create other problems.
- One World Ocean - use ice cubes to model ocean currents and salt and fresh water
- Oil Spill Cleanup - create and then clean up an oil spill
- Fish-Friendly Engineering - use an animated PowerPoint involving fish ladders to better undestand the salmon life cycle and the human structures that help or hinder the migration of fish
- Light Scavengers - examine various materials and investigate how they interact with light
- Stations of Light - activities for four station that examine refraction, magnification, prisms, and polarization
- Absorb, Reflect, Transmit, or Refract? - explore how light interacts with materials
- String Telephones - investigate how sound travels through string and air
- Simple Instruments - work as a team to create four different instruments
- Pitch and Frequency - identify the different pitches and frequencies created by a vibrating ruler and straw kazoo
- Traveling Sound - explore how sound moves through liquids, solids, and gases in a series of simple experiments
- Strum Along - change sound made by a simple instrument into music
- Energetic Musical Instruments - design and make a musical instrument
- How Much Heat Will It Hold? - test the heat capacities of different materials
- What is the Best Insulator? - working in teams, students investigate the properties of insulators to keep a cup of water from freezing, and once frozen, to keep it form melting
- Stop Heat from Escaping - which types of insulation conserve the most energy
- Hot Cans and Colds Cans - use what you know about heat to keep a can of warm pop warm or a can of cold pop cold
- Bulbs and Batteries in a Row - build simple serries circuits
- Bulbs and Batteries Side by Side - build simple parallel circuits
- Light the Way - build a simple flashlight
- Will It Conduct? - build and use a simple conductivity tester
- Build a Charge Detector - build and use an electroscope
- Conductivity - create and use a simple conductivity tester
- Yogurt Cup Speakers - build simple speakers using an electromagnet
- Wire Maze - build and test a wire circuit maze
- Newspaper Tower - design and construct a tower out of newspaper
5.4D.1 Using science principles describe a solution to a need or problem given criteria and constraints.
5.4D.2 Design and build a prototype of a proposed engineering solution and identify factors such as cost, safety, appearance, environmental impact, and what will happen if the solution fails.
5.4D.3 Explain that inventions may lead to other inventions and once an invention exists, people may think of novel ways of using it.