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Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

 
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A Place in the Shade-An Engineering Challenge

Kindergarten Science » Unit: The Sun and Our Solar System
Kindergarten Science » Unit: The Sun and Our Solar System
Joyce Baumann
Cold Spring, MN
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Even kindergarteners can participate in the engineering and design process in this challenge in which they try to keep an ice cube from melting.

 
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Still Looking for Shade-A Design and Engineering Challenge Continues

Kindergarten Science » Unit: The Sun and Our Solar System
Kindergarten Science » Unit: The Sun and Our Solar System
Joyce Baumann
Cold Spring, MN
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

The students have previously participated in a design and engineering challenge. Now it is time for the student to see if they can improve their structures!

 
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What Do Engineers Do? Part 1

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Introduction to the Engineering Process
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Introduction to the Engineering Process
Jeri Faber
Ringwood, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Mission Possible! Engineers solve problems!

 
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what do engineers do part 1
   

Goody Goody Gumdrop! Building Structures are Fun!

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
Jeri Faber
Ringwood, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

We can use triangles to make a gumdrop structure strong and stable.

 
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Building and Testing Our Vanilla Plant Pollinator

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Pollination and Seed Dispersal
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Pollination and Seed Dispersal
Jeri Faber
Ringwood, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Our student engineers build their own plant pollinator design. Then they test it to determine its effectiveness. Life can be pretty sweet!

 
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Build a Paper Tower Challenge (Part 3) Building and Measuring Our Towers

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
Jeri Faber
Ringwood, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

We can build a tower from plans that we have developed. Once built, we can measure the structure to see if it meets the specifications.

 
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Those Darn Squirrels!--Using the Engineering Process

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Introduction to the Engineering Process
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Introduction to the Engineering Process
Jeri Faber
Ringwood, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Working as a team, we can solve a problem!

 
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squirrel cover
   

Improving Our Vanilla Plant Pollinators

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Pollination and Seed Dispersal
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Pollination and Seed Dispersal
Jeri Faber
Ringwood, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Engineers learn from their mistakes to make improvements on their designs to make them even better!

 
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Build A Paper Tower Challenge (Part 4)--Testing our Towers

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
Jeri Faber
Ringwood, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

We can test our tower to find out its strengths and weaknesses so we can then improve on our design.

 
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testing strength
   

Testing Tower Materials - Part 2

2nd Grade Science » Unit: What Is It Made Out Of?
2nd Grade Science » Unit: What Is It Made Out Of?
Beth McKenna
York, ME
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students are working as scientists to explore the properties of matter and how some properties make materials more suitable for a job than others.

 
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STEM, Plants & Biomimicry - Day 2

1st Grade Science » Unit: Unit 6: Plant Life
1st Grade Science » Unit: Unit 6: Plant Life
Michele Beitel
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Have you heard of Biomimicy? This amazing science is using nature to solve everyday problems! Check out how 1st grade students use this science!

 
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Build a Paper Tower Challenge--(Part 5)--Improving Our Tower Designs

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
Jeri Faber
Ringwood, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

We can make improvements on our tower designs by looking at the strengths and weaknesses in our testing and then analyze the results.

 
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What Is Energy Part 1

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Science and Our World
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Science and Our World
Beth McKenna
York, ME
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Energy is something that is in all things that we do. Students who can understand what energy is, can then think about how it is used.

 
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Building Our Solution

2nd Grade Science » Unit: Engineers are Scientists Too
2nd Grade Science » Unit: Engineers are Scientists Too
Beth McKenna
York, ME
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

We identified the problem and posed a solution, now we want to finish our project with the solution.

 
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Analyzing the Designs: Pros vs Cons

1st Grade Science » Unit: Engineering Design
1st Grade Science » Unit: Engineering Design
Regan Aymett
Shelbyville, TN
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Allow students to evaluate solutions to determine which will best apply to the problem they identified in their community.

 
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