Sustainable Engineering Teacher Resources

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Sustainable Design and Biomimicry in a Desert Ecosystem

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Challenge young engineers to design a sustainable guest village in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park. A collection of four lessons and five activities provide designers with all the information they need to complete the challenge of living...
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The Science of Food

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Alchemy in the kitchen? A nine-resource collection explains the science behind the food chain. Videos and support materials cover everything from yummy things like cheese, to chocolate, to sourdough bread, from science topics like...
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The Biggest Problems We're Facing Today and the Future of Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #46

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Be the future of engineering. Scholars learn about the future of engineering, particularly in the areas of sustainability, infrastructure, security, health, and general quality of life. The informational video looks at several examples,...
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Generating Ideas for Electricity Generation

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives, but many energy sources are damaging the environment. Young engineers read about innovations in alternative energy sources, then work in groups to design and build a model of a system...
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Designing a Sustainable Guest Village in the Saguaro National Park

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Brainstorm ideas to design a sustainable guest village in the Sonoran Desert. The first installment of a nine-part unit teaches young environmental scientists about the basics of the Saguaro National Park and about sustainable design....
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Retrofitting Suburbia

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An award-winning architect speaks about the need to rehabilitate underused parking lots, past-their-prime shopping malls, and other structures. She gets us to take a look at successful retrofits and proposes plans to give others a...
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Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering and Our Food

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
In many households across the country, GMOs are a big no-no. Is our mistrust of genetically-engineered food misguided? Biology scholars examine the facts with an animated video from the Kurzgesagt playlist. Topics include the history of...
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Ecology and Sustainability

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Collaborative groups research an assigned strategy for contributing to the health of the environment. They collect ten facts and then create a poster or PowerPoint presentation to share with the class. Use this as an opening activity for...
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What Can Nature Teach Us about Sustainable Design?

For Students 6th - 8th
Talk about Velcro®, Gecko Tape, WhalePower turbine blades, and other innovations that mimic nature to inspire your STEM or engineering class. This set of worksheets gets them thinking about imitating nature in terms of sustainable...
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Sustainability: Learning for a Lifetime – The Importance of Water

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Water is essential for life—and understanding the importance of clean drinking water is essential in understanding sustainability! Show your environmental science class the basics of water testing and treatment through a week-long...
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Working with Wind Energy

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
After reading about how wind turbines work to collect clean energy, groups brainstorm and design their own windmill. Within the provided financial and physical constraints, groups must build a working windmill using only the materials...
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Investigation: Windmill Competition

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A wind turbine will be constructed with two different sizes of rotor blades. In an experiment, future engineers find out if there is a difference in the power output based on amount of weight that can be moved with the turbine. 
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Earthquake Engineering

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Protecting buildings, bridges, and roadways from damage during an earthquake is an important task for engineers. Discover how one lab goes about testing the safety of existing and yet-to-be-built structures with a short video. See some...
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The Engine of Life

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
There is a specific zone, or distance from a star, that a planet must be in order to have water in a liquid form. The activity demonstrates how flux density depends on its distance from the source. A photovoltaic cell gets power to drive...
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Solar Water: Heat it Up!

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young engineers are instructed to design and build their own solar water heaters. Then, they calculate the efficiency and cost and compare them to commercially available models. This is a full unit for pupils to apply their knowledge.
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Hybrid Vehicles: Cut Pollution and Save Money

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Math and science meet in this activity on hybrid electric automobiles. This 24-page resource provides everything you need for teaching a activity that compares the use of internal combustion engines to hybrid electric engines....
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Measuring the Wind

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
When earth scientists or mini meteorologists are learning about wind, they can participate in an engineering activity in which they will design and construct an anemometer. A thorough overview of different types of anemometers is...
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Up for the Challenge?

For Students 7th - 12th
A general engineering quiz can be given at the beginning of your engineering or technology unit to stimulate interest. A wide variety of topics are touched by engineers, including the medical industry, energy production, building design,...
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Streetfilms' Moving Beyond the Automobile

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
This is an exceptional series that you can use in an environmental or engineering unit. There are four lessons: "Sustainable Transportation," "Designing for Safety," "Changing the Landscape," and "Engaging in Policy." Each instructional...
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Biomimicry and Sustainable Design - Nature is an Engineering Marvel

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Discover how copying nature can be beneficial to humans. Scholars read articles about examples of biomimicry and its potential applications. Along the way, they learn about Nature's Nine Laws and how they relate to biomimicry. This is...
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Let's Build a City

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Explore the concept of engineering through urban planning with a video that strives to answer the question, "How can we use engineering to design a city that is safe, healthy, sustainable, and fun to live in?" Additionally, future...
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Grade 8 Science: Genetic Modification of Organisms

For Teachers 8th Standards
Genetic modification is a hot topic in the science and political world. A complete unit gives learners an opportunity to research genetic modification, play an interactive genetic engineering simulation, and interact with the information...
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Engineers for a Sustainable World

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students experiment with making a water filtration system. For this engineering lesson, students get into groups and are challenged to use only eight items to create a water filter. When finished, students compare and contrast their...
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Magic Isle: Lesson Plan 1

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
What are the factors that limit growth and expansion? As part of their study of Catalina Island, class members view the West of the West's documentary Magic Isle and research William Wrigley and the Santa Catalina Island Company. After...

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