Unit: Technology and Engineering

David Kujawski Bird Middle East Walpole, MA
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Unit Description

The T and E in STEM can be very intimidating to most traditional science educators. This unit sets out to give you several opportunities to incorporate the technological design process, systems, and blue prints into your curriculum. Students love these activities and I'm sure that you will enjoy teaching them.


Introduction to Engineering: Aluminum Foil Boats

YWBAT: Given a piece of aluminum foil, create a boat that can hold as many markers as possible while floating in water.

What is technology? Resources: 1

YWBAT: 1) Analyze various items to determine their purpose in our lives and explain how they work. 2) Define technology

Building a Paper Tower Resources: 1

YWBAT: develop and implement a design for a paper tower, using 20 pieces of paper and one yard of tape, that is at least 1 meter tall and can withstand the force of a fan turned on high power.

Marshmallow Catapults Resources: 11

YWBAT: Apply the technological design steps to build a marshmallow catapult that uses the allotted materials to launch a marshmallow at least 5 meters in the air and within a 1/2 meter wide area.

Balloon Bridge Challenge Resources: 1

YWBAT: Design and build a bridge that can hold at least 5 textbooks using 2 classroom chairs and 15 balloons.

Eggceptional Packaging Resources: 2

YWBAT: Design, build and test a box that prevents a raw egg from breaking when it is dropped from a significant height.

Spaghetti Bridge Challenge Resources: 2

Using uncooked spaghetti and Elmer's glue, YWBAT build a bridge that spans 40cm and can support the weight of (to be determined by teacher).

Rube Goldberg Activity Resources: 2

Water Rockets

YWBAT: Design and build a water rocket using two, 2-liter bottles and cardboard wings.

Incorporating Engineering and Design into the Traditional Science Classroom Resources: 1

This is a packet that offers several methods to incorporate engineering and the design process into middle level classrooms. It was completed as a summer research and development project in my district.

Introducing the Technological Design Steps

YWBAT: 1) Deliberate and determine the correct steps for designing a new technology

What is an engineer?

YWBAT: Describe the job responsibilities of an engineer and the steps they take to solve everyday challenges.


Unit Resources

Student wosksheet 1.doc  


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