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Building an Electric Motor

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Rev your motor with a hands-on activity about electricity. Learners build their own electric motor before reading a handout and answering some questions. 
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How Does a Windmill Work?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Can my windmill pick up a weight? Given the same set of materials, groups design and build the most efficient windmill. On the first day, groups concentrate on getting a windmill to spin, while on the second day, they modify their...
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Understanding Forms and Sources of Energy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between a form of energy and a source of energy? This first activity in a series of 19 lessons uses demonstrations and discussions to introduce energy to the class. Through using hand-generator flashlights,...
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Working with Wind Energy

For Teachers 3rd - 9th Standards
Teams design and build a windmill, under budget, that can lift an object. The groups evaluate and reflect on their own design, then on those produced by other teams. The goal is to determine which design is the most...
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Organic Solar Energy and Berries

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
You can eat a solar cell? A unit on solar energy begins with a discussion about organic solar cells, followed by directions on how to build your own. After following the teacher's directions to build an anthocyanin dye-sensitized solar...
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Fun with Air-Powered Pneumatics

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How high did the ball go? Engineering teams build a working pneumatic system that launches a ball into the air. The teams vary the amount of pressure and determine the accompanying height of the ball. An extension of building a device to...
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Design Step 3: Brainstorm Possible Solutions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Our young scientists have now specifically identified a problem, and this step helps them think of possible solutions. An outline, including guidelines, for brainstorming helps scholars stay on the right path. The resource includes...
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Design Step 4: Engineering Analysis

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the main difference between an engineer and a technician?  This is one of the driving questions in a plan that proves that analysis at every step of development is crucial to the engineering design process. The lesson starts with...
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Design Step 2: Research the Problem

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do you get started designing a product to meet your engineering design goals? Here, learners gain understanding of an important aspect of the engineering design process: background research. Through brainstorming and worksheets,...
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Design Step 1: Identify the Need

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What exactly does an engineer do? Learners find out through a lesson that asks them to solve a problem that affects a target population. Aspiring engineers learn the steps of the engineering design process as they apply it to a challenge...
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Renewable Energy

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
Bring some energy to your physical science curriculum with this engaging Bill Nye the Science Guy lesson plan. Based on his Renewable Energy video, students explore the concepts of potential and kinetic energy and learn how they are...
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Physics in Concert

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What do physicists and musicians have in common? A lot more than you might think. After first viewing a slide show presentation and completing a series of skills practice worksheets on the physics of light, sound, and electricity, young...
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The Light-House Project

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Groups work together to design a lighthouse, from designing and drawing the wiring diagram, to creating prototypes of the switch and circuit, to envisioning and building a scale model along with a blueprint. By including different...
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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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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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Renewables Workshop

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Youngsters examine resource maps to find out which states are using solar and wind power and discuss as a class various other renewable energy sources. They use a provided data table to record pros and cons to each technology, build and...
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A Call to Invention: DIY Speaker Edition

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Can you build a homemade speaker out of a potato chip? Bestselling author and do-it-yourself expert William Gurstelle shows you how in his brief presentation at TEDYouth 2012. He encourages young people to be creative and explore science...
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Can Wind Power Your Classroom?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Can you power this? Individuals do an energy audit for the classroom to determine the amount of electricity needed to power it. Using either live data or sample data from wind turbines they decide whether it would power the classroom....
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Understanding Electric Power Generation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
You mean the electricity does not come from the switch? As a class and in small groups, learners explore the sources of energy used to generate electric power. Worksheets guide groups into choosing a future electricity generating...
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How Power Plants Work 3

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble! Find out what drives a turbine to generate electricity and whether or not it has an impact on the environment. A discussion and lecture is divided by a hands-on activity in...
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Battery Workshop

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Introduce your class to the workings and parts of a battery-operated circuit. Pairs of pupils use lemons to make batteries and measure voltage and current with a multimeter. An accompanying worksheet is used for recording values and...