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- K-2-ETS1-1Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
- K-2-ETS1-2Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
- K-2-ETS1-3Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

A Place in the Shade-An Engineering Challenge

Kindergarten Science

» Unit:

The Sun and Our Solar System

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.

Joyce Baumann

Rural Env.

19 Resources

57 Favorites

19 Resources

57 Favorites

Still Looking for Shade-A Design and Engineering Challenge Continues

Kindergarten Science

» Unit:

The Sun and Our Solar System

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!

Joyce Baumann

Rural Env.

22 Resources

15 Favorites

22 Resources

15 Favorites

What Do Engineers Do? Part 1

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Introduction to the Engineering Process

Big Idea:Mission Possible! Engineers solve problems!

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

22 Resources

44 Favorites

22 Resources

44 Favorites

Goody Goody Gumdrop! Building Structures are Fun!

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

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

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

30 Resources

8 Favorites

30 Resources

8 Favorites

Building and Testing Our Vanilla Plant Pollinator

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Pollination and Seed Dispersal

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

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

31 Resources

13 Favorites

31 Resources

13 Favorites

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

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

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.

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

35 Resources

6 Favorites

35 Resources

6 Favorites

Those Darn Squirrels!--Using the Engineering Process

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Introduction to the Engineering Process

Big Idea:Working as a team, we can solve a problem!

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

26 Resources

21 Favorites

26 Resources

21 Favorites

Improving Our Vanilla Plant Pollinators

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Pollination and Seed Dispersal

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

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

31 Resources

8 Favorites

31 Resources

8 Favorites

STEM, Plants & Biomimicry - Day 2

1st Grade Science

» Unit:

Unit 6: Plant Life

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!

Michele Beitel

Urban Env.

30 Resources

8 Favorites

30 Resources

8 Favorites

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

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

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

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

25 Resources

5 Favorites

25 Resources

5 Favorites

Testing Tower Materials - Part 2

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

What Is It Made Out Of?

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.

Beth McKenna

Suburban Env.

16 Resources

6 Favorites

16 Resources

6 Favorites

What Is Energy Part 1

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Science and Our World

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.

Beth McKenna

Suburban Env.

13 Resources

6 Favorites

13 Resources

6 Favorites

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

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

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.

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

33 Resources

4 Favorites

33 Resources

4 Favorites

Building Our Solution

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Engineers are Scientists Too

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

Beth McKenna

Suburban Env.

18 Resources

18 Resources

Analyzing the Designs: Pros vs Cons

1st Grade Science

» Unit:

Engineering Design

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

Regan Aymett

Urban Env.

20 Resources

2 Favorites

20 Resources

2 Favorites

K-2-ETS1-1

Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

K-2-ETS1-2

Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

K-2-ETS1-3

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