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Water Filtration Challenge

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Can the class think like the scientists on the International Space Station? Engineers design, test, collect data, and improve a water filtration device similar to a system found on the ISS. Participants use pH strips, optional...
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Design a Crew Exploration Vehicle

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Make a splash from space. Participants use the engineering design process to create a waterproof space exploration vehicle capable of an upright landing. Young engineers test and modify designs as needed and participate in a group...
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Feel the Heat

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Heat water up like a NASA engineer. Using the engineering design process, investigators create a system to trap and move heat through a water-filled tube. Designers participate in a post-activity discussion that highlights the role of...
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Career Connections | Technical Writer

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Technical writers create those manuals that permit users to set up, operate, and repair all sorts of equipment. And as a bonus, they are often the first to have a go at leading-edge technology. It's all about validation and verification.
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Career Connections | Energy Analyst

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
"Sharpen your pencil!" That's the key bit of advice from an energy analyst who works for a solar energy company. In this video, the narrator stresses the importance of strong accounting background and a passion for energy science for...
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Career Connections | Industrial Designer

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
There ought to be a tool for that! Industrial designers meet the challenge of designing new tools that accomplish tasks. A short video introduces viewers to a designer who crafts tools for musical instruments.
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A Plan for Renewable Energy Goals

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The best laid plans can lead to meeting renewable energy goals. A culminating project for the unit has pupils research the amount of solar and wind energy at their locations. They set renewable energy goals and use the information they...
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Wind Energy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Let the wind take pupils to a new understanding of renewable energy. The fifth of seven parts in the A Community Powered by Renewable Energy unit has learners investigate wind energy. They find out why wind occurs, learn about windmills...
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Career Connections | Machinist

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
If you like to work with your hands, make the parts that make machines run, be precise, and work with computers, a career as a machinist might be for you. A short video introduces viewers to how machinists turn chunks of metal and...
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Career Connections | Hydrologist

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Love math, science, geography, geology, and most especially water? Consider a career as a hydrologist. The narrator of a short video introduces viewers to the many careers in the field of hydrology and the educational pathways available...
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Career Connections | Electrical Engineering

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Learn about how to become a professional engineer with a short video. The narrator details some of the many fields in electrical engineering as well as the education requirements.
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Career Connections | Software Developer Dayton

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Like coding and 3-D design, like working with computers and with people? A career as a software developer might be in your future. Find out what's involved by watching a short video narrated by a software developer.
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Career Connections | Prosthetist Dayton

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Like a challenge? Not afraid of seeing blood? Have good interpersonal skills? Try looking into a job as a prosthetist. A lower-limb prosthetist discusses his unusual pathway to a career that enables him to design and fit artificial limbs.
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Career Connections | Construction Worker

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Like working with your hands? Like building things? Like tools? Think hard hats are cool?  Check out a short video that details the rewards of working in construction.
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Career Connections | Construction Manager

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Don a hard hat and grab an iPad; both are essential tools for construction managers. A short video details the education, skills, and tools required for those interested in a career in this fast-growing field.
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Hot Shots and Hot Jobs: Biomechanical Engineering of a Nano-Tattoo

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
The job of the biomechanical engineer is to figure out how physical forces influence living organisms. The narrator describes the education needed, while a fascinating video shows how engineers develop tattoos that can control remote...
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Career Connections | Chemical Engineer

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Follow along with a chemical engineer at an oil refinery as he explains the many aspects of his work. Viewers learn about the processes and technologies these engineers use to turn crude oil into fuels and the other skill sets that are...
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Keep Out!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Sound the alarm about a great resource. Scholars first build a simple circuit to learn the basics about electric currents. They then design an alarm system in which a buzzer activates when pressure is applied to a doormat.
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High Tech Fashion

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Creatively combine clothes and conductors. Pupils learn how to use conductive thread to make electric circuits. They apply the thread to design and build an accessory item with LEDs.
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House Warming

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Things should heat up during a hands-on lesson exploring solar energy. An enlightening activity challenges young scientists to design a structure that collects solar energy efficiently. They keep track of temperature data over time and...
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Illuminate Me: Merging Conductive Sewing, Technology, and Solar Power

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Sew up a unit on solar energy with a hands-on project. Groups sew LED lights on clothing using conductive thread. Solar modules attached to a helmet provide the energy for the lights. A final presentation gives learners the opportunity...
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Sink or Swim?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
What's with all the numbers on plastic products? Learners complete an in-depth analysis of the physical properties of the different plastic types. They connect the properties of the plastics to uses and test their observation skills by...
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Light Bulb Challenge

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Efficiency equals money where homes are concerned. A comparative lesson asks learners to measure heat output of incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs. They follow their investigation with calculating the cost of using the two...
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Going Green

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Trash is where it's at! Using bags of garbage collected from the school, learners sort the contents into categories based on type of material and collect data on the results. The data may include weight, volume, and/or percent of the trash.