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Engaging Children, Youth, and Families in Engineering through . Presenters : Keliann LaConte, Stephanie Shipp, and Andy Shaner Technical Support: Christopher Harrison and Ramiro Padilla. Engineers work to solve the basic challenges of life. … including having fun!.

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Engaging Children, Youth, and Families in Engineering through

Presenters: Keliann LaConte, Stephanie Shipp, and Andy Shaner

Technical Support: Christopher Harrison and Ramiro Padilla


Engineers work to solve the basic challenges of life

… includinghaving fun!

  • Credit: U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gina Wollman


Engineers use technology to help us enjoy our world.

They even use everyday materials— like PVC pipe, sand and gravel — to create solutions that save lives!

  • Credit: Engineers without Borders


Be Creative…Be an Engineer!


Activity 1:Design a Park


Plan the Park of Your Dreams!

  • THINK

  • Place different park features on the grid to create a map of your park!

  • Together, choose 10 or fewer park features to include on the map. Everything must fit on the grid!

  • Your park must include restrooms.

  • Use yarn to represent trails or bike paths. Give visitors a way to get to each of your park’s features.

  • Add yellow beads along the paths — these represent lights.

Draw

Explore

Talk

Write


Plan the Park of Your Dreams!

  • THINK

  • Place different park features on the grid to create a map of your park!

  • Keep track of the points on the park features cards — keep your total under 250 points!

  • Your park must include restrooms.

  • Cut the yarn and use the pieces to represent trails or bike paths. Give visitors a way to get to each of your park’s features.

  • Add yellow beads along the trails or paths — these represent lights.

Draw

Explore

Talk

Write

Scale: the length of one (1-inch) square is equal to 30 feet (or about 9 meters).


Savings

Costs


Activity 2:Team Machine


Establish a pattern

  • Form a circle.

  • Say your name.

  • Toss the beanbag to someone across from you (not next to you). Remember that person’s name.

  • Keep going until each person has caught the beanbag.

  • Keep the same order as you try to go even faster!


The faster, the better!

  • THINK

  • How can you decrease your time?

Draw

Explore

Talk

Write

  • Build, Test, andDo it again!

  • Pass the beanbag around the circle again — as quickly as possible!

  • Say the name of the person who will catch the beanbag each time you pass it.

  • Try to “beat” your shortest recorded time

  • Hints:

  • You may move around. You may stand or sit.


Activity 3:Water wedges


Which type of boat would you use in a race?

  • THINK andBuild

  • Pick the materials you think would be best for building each type of boat.

  • Together, plan how you will use the materials to build each boat.

    • Which type of boat would be best to build for a race? Why?

  • Follow your plan to create your model boat.

Draw

Explore

Talk

Write

Do it again!

Modify your two designs — but change only one thing at a time!

  • Test

  • Try pushing each type of boat in the water.

  • Which is easier to push?

  • Does the water “pile up,” or does it move easily to the sides of the boat?

  • Is one easier to push than the other?


Activity 4: Levers at Play


  • Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute


Your Seesaw Design

  • THINK andBuild

  • Pick the materials you think would be best for building a seesaw.

  • Together, plan how you will use the materials to build the seesaw.

  • Build andTest

  • Follow your plan to create your model seesaw.

Draw

Explore

Talk

Write

Do it again!

Modify your design — but change only one thing at a time!


Activity 5:low-Tech Water Filter for High-impact Clean


Some people in Bangladesh use cloth to clean their water…

  • Credit: National Science Foundation


…to take out small creatures in the water that help spread disease

  • Credit: National Science Foundation


Students help clean water in Nepal

  • Credit: Engineers without Borders


What works best for filtering water?

  • THINK

  • What would you like to test first?

Draw

Explore

Talk

Write

  • Build

  • Place a funnel on top of an empty container.

  • Add ONE TYPE of material that you would like to test to the funnel.

  • Balance the funnel on top of an empty container.

  • Test

  • Pour 1 teaspoon or less of “dirty water” into the filter.

  • Does the filtered water look different than the dirty water?

  • Is the water cleaner or not?

  • Do it again!

  • Can you make the water cleaner?


Activity 6:Wind Turbine Tech Challenge


There are two different types of wind turbines…

Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine

Blades

Tower

Credit: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives, via Wikimedia Commons


Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

Blades

Tower

Credit: Lynne Kirton [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Build your own wind turbine!

  • Build and Test

  • Roll the putty adhesive into a ball and flatten it into a disk about 1-inch thick.

  • Push the four toothpicks into the putty so that they stand upright. Keep them close together.

  • Put a small scrap of paper at the bottom of the toothpicks. This will keep the straw from sticking!

Stick the Post-it notes to one end of the straw. Make sure they don’t cover each other!

Slide the straw over the toothpicks.

Use a second straw to gently blow across the blades.


Make it even better!

  • THINK, Build, and Test

  • Which different material could you try using?

  • What else can you try changing?

    • The angle of the blades?

    • The size of the blades?

    • The shape of the blades?

    • Could the blades be more curved (cupped)? Less curved?

Do it again!

Modify your design — but change only one thing at a time!

Draw

Explore

Talk

Write


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