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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

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

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

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

Be Creative…Be an Engineer!


Activity 1 design a park

Activity 1:Design a Park


Plan the park of your dreams

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 dreams1

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).


Costs

Savings

Costs


Activity 2 team machine

Activity 2:Team Machine


Establish a pattern

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

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

Activity 3:Water wedges


Which type of boat would you use in a race

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

Activity 4: Levers at Play


Engaging children youth and families in engineering through

  • Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute


Your seesaw design

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

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


Some people in bangladesh use cloth to clean their water

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

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

  • Credit: National Science Foundation


Students help clean water in nepal

Students help clean water in Nepal

  • Credit: Engineers without Borders


What works best for filtering water

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

Activity 6:Wind Turbine Tech Challenge


Engaging children youth and families in engineering through

There are two different types of wind turbines…

Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine

Blades

Tower

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


Engaging children youth and families in engineering through

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 o wn wind turbine

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

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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