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If These Walls Could Speak...

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the relationship between history, the use of a given space, and its design. They research the relationship between technology and design while exploring a variety of sources. They study what scale models are and...
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Composting Conundrum

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students research cafeteria composting. For this composting lesson, students design a vessel that would allow the cafeteria staff to collect food scraps for composting. Then students build a prototype and present it to the class. Lastly...
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Candy Land

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In this activity middle schoolers pretend that they have been hired by a candy manufacturer to design a box for a new product they are beginning to market. The manufacturer has pre-determined the volume of the candy box. It is the...
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Be a Structural Engineer!

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners investigate how to design and build items with a focus on structural strength as an engineer would. They complete a truss-building project as a final assessment.
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Aviation Lesson #2

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students make an airplane. In this aviation lesson, students review what they have learned about planes and aviation through the books they've read. Students build their own airplane and conduct an airplane flight event.
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Language Arts Ice Breakers

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Activities that build rapport and help students demonstrate their skills can be a great way to begin the school year.
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A Recipe for Success: Cooking with Your Class

For Teachers 1st - 6th
When you cook with your class, you build community while improving language arts and math skills.
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Past School Practices

For Teachers 4th - Higher Ed
Students research the history of a school system. In this school system lesson, students list the grade levels and subjects taught in their school and interview their teachers and administrators. Students collect past photographs of...
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Clay Story Adventure

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students build three-dimensional rough draft for a story by creating objects, people, places, animals, etc., with clay, and write story in a journal, poem, or other written form.
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Biomimicry, Nature: Architecture of the Future

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore the relationship between nature and architecture. In this cross curriculum history, culture, and architecture lesson, students observe and discuss structures visible in nature. Middle schoolers view websites in...
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Let the Sun Shine!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate how the sun can be used for energy. They read a handout, discuss the pros and cons of passive solar building design, develop flashcard questions, and identify jobs that can be helped by solar energy.
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Robot Gears

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students build simple gear trains and record data to discover how to compute gear ratios. They investigate the definition of torque and how torque can be increased or decreased in a gear train.
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Modern Technology and Farming

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore agriculture by conducting a technology conversation in class. In this food system lesson, students identify the path of food from farm to plate and view a virtual farm on the Internet. Students complete a farming...
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Pulleys

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students determine how to tell the difference between a simple system and a complex pulley system. Using pulleys, students build simple pulley systems to demonstrate the mechanical advantages of pulleys.
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What price Freedom! Civil War and Reconstruction

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders become familiar with the events of Reconstruction and the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. In this reconstruction lesson, 5th graders work in pairs where each student  creates a building with blocks and draws it. Their...
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Reaction Time 2: Zap!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore critical thinking by conducting a reaction time experiment. In this human brain lesson, students utilize a timed Internet worksheet activity to research how fast their brain works when answering questions. Young...

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