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Funding for the Teaching NGSS: Engineering Design Through Media collection was provided by Raytheon.

Teaching Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Engineering Design Through Media is a collection of activities and professional development resources drawn from programs such as WGBH’s Design Squad Nation and the Engineering is Elementary® project at the Museum of Science, Boston. These media-based resources illustrate and deepen teachers’ understanding of Next Generation Science Standards and help them bring engineering alive for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

 

How Do You Keep Lemonade Cool?


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How Do You Keep Lemonade Cool?

This video segment adapted from FETCH!™ shows contestants experimenting with different materials to see which is the best insulator and thus best able to keep the lemonade at their stand cool for customers.

  • Grades: K-8
  • Views: 1290
  • Favorites: 79
Robo Arm Challenge


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Robo Arm Challenge

In this video from Design Squad Nation, kids design and build controllable mechanical arms and use them to lift objects and play games. They also learn how NASA uses robotic arms on many of its missions.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 873
  • Favorites: 53
Soft Landing Challenge


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Soft Landing Challenge

In this activity from Design Squad Nation, kids model NASA’s airbag landing system. They design and build protective covers made of balloons to protect an egg dropped from a height of three feet.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 860
  • Favorites: 64
Modeling Truss Structures


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Modeling Truss Structures

In this video segment from Building Big: "Bridges," David Macaulay describes the forces at work in a cantilever bridge and explains how the bridge's design uses some of these forces to create a very strong and stable span.

  • Grades: K-2
  • Views: 339
  • Favorites: 22
Wind Powered Vehicles


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Wind Powered Vehicles

In this activity from Engineering is Elementary, students design, build, and test small vehicles that are powered by puffs of air. 

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Views: 370
  • Favorites: 16
Tower Power Returns


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Tower Power Returns

In this activity from Engineering is Elementary, students design, build, and test a tower that can hold up a stuffed animal.

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Views: 253
  • Favorites: 16
Designing Parachutes: Setting a Context for Engineering


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Designing Parachutes: Setting a Context for Engineering

In this video from Engineering is Elementary, teacher Jean Facchiano reads a story about an engineering problem and engages her fourth grade students in discussion to encourage them to relate the engineering challenge to their prior knowledge.

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Views: 273
  • Favorites: 10
Aerospace Engineering: Encouraging Imagination


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Aerospace Engineering: Encouraging Imagination

In this video from Engineering is Elementary, students research and discuss the design of a spacecraft. The lesson shows students working on Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering Design from the NGSS.

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Views: 186
  • Favorites: 6
Designing Parachutes: Applying Science Knowledge


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Designing Parachutes: Applying Science Knowledge

In this video from Engineering is Elementary, students perform tests on models while controlling variables. The lesson shows students working on Performance Expectations in Engineering Design as well as Engineering Practices from the NGSS.

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Views: 228
  • Favorites: 10
Designing Parachutes: Beginning the Engineering Design Process


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Designing Parachutes: Beginning the Engineering Design Process

In this video from Engineering is Elementary, students start the design process to create parachutes to carry a small load. The lesson shows students working on Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering Design from the NGSS.

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Views: 323
  • Favorites: 11
Designing Parachutes: Analyzing Data and Improving Design


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Designing Parachutes: Analyzing Data and Improving Design

In this video from Engineering is Elementary, students build and test their parachute designs. The lesson shows students working on Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering Design from the NGSS.

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Views: 243
  • Favorites: 11
Introducing Engineering: What is Technology?


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Introducing Engineering: What is Technology?

In this video from Engineering is Elementary, teacher Nancy Yocom de Romero has her second grade students define and study technologies. The class helps students understand that technologies are designed to solve a problem or need.

  • Grades: K-2
  • Views: 235
  • Favorites: 13
Inspector Detector Challenge


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Inspector Detector Challenge

In this activity from Design Squad Nation, kids design and build magnetic-field detectors and use them to find hidden magnets. They also learn how NASA uses magnetometers to learn what is going on inside a planet or moon.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 977
  • Favorites: 66
Down to the Core Challenge


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Down to the Core Challenge

In this activity from Design Squad Nation, kids design and build devices that can extract a core sample from a potato “asteroid.” They also learn how samples give NASA scientists insight into solar system objects.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 1015
  • Favorites: 49
Designing the Citigroup Skyscraper


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Designing the Citigroup Skyscraper

This video segment adapted from Thinking Big, Building Small shows how a structural engineer overcame the challenge of building New York's Citigroup skyscraper over a church.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 653
  • Favorites: 58
Columns: Finding the Strongest Shape


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Columns: Finding the Strongest Shape

In this video segment, members of the ZOOM cast experiment by bending and folding sheets of paper into various shapes to see which shape will best support the weight of a heavy book.

  • Grades: K-8
  • Views: 3162
  • Favorites: 142
Designing Electric Circuits: Door Alarm


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Designing Electric Circuits: Door Alarm

In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members design and build door alarms using a variety of materials, including aluminum foil, batteries, and buzzers.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 3772
  • Favorites: 155
Easy-Fit Design


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Easy-Fit Design

In this video produced for Teachers' Domain, Chi-An Wang, a mechanical engineering graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, describes her process when working with New Balance to design a new triathlon shoe.

  • Grades: 3-12
  • Views: 1427
  • Favorites: 73
Simple Solutions


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Simple Solutions

Amy Smith is an engineer who designs simple and inexpensive solutions to real-world problems. This video produced for Teachers' Domain features her innovative design for testing the safety of drinking water in the developing world.

  • Grades: 3-12
  • Views: 1894
  • Favorites: 115
How Engineering Affects Your Life


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How Engineering Affects Your Life

Students explore the engineering that impacts their day-to-day life.

  • Grades: K-2
  • Views: 2681
  • Favorites: 75