Unit Plan: Understand E-Waste Through Battery Design

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Intended Grade Level(s):
4-5
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will make connections to real world problem solving with e-waste.

2.Students will explore battery design and transfer of energy through hands on experiments with household items.

3.Students will evaluate and analyze problems with e-waste and research solutions.

4.Students will draw and label models to explain circuits demonstrating the movement of energy.

5.Students will be able to explain how the measured and compared batteries based on the knowledge learned about volts and using a voltmeter.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

In this lesson students will further explore their understanding of energy, electricity, and basic circuits. Students will begin their exploration of batteries by questioning where batteries end up when we are done using them, making connections to e-waste issues around the world. Utilizing their knowledge of energy, students will learn about... View full description >>

Engineering Clean Energy for Our Community

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Intended Grade Level(s):
4-5
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours 50 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will define “clean energy” and explain at least 4 types of alternative energy sources

2.Students will compare local energy sources and national energy sources to potential energy sources being used or developed.

3.Students will experiment with wind energy, solar energy, and hydrogen fuel cell model vehicles to explore alternative fuel sources.

4.Students will measure voltage produced and record data in a table format.

5.Students will discuss pros and cons of the different types of energy.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

This lesson plan will engage students in a design process to power a motor using a variety of energy sources. Students will compare different clean energy sources to decide which energy source will complete their design goal. Students will experiment with wind power, solar cells, and hydrogen fuel cell models. Students will have multiple... View full description >>

Exploring Eco-Friendly Battery Design

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Intended Grade Level(s):
4-5
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will explore methods to produce energy from everyday items such as potatoes, lemons, pennies, and cola.

2.Students will explore battery design and transfer of energy through hands on experiments with household items.

3.Students will measure voltage and experiment methods to increase voltage. 

4.Students will extend lessons to test out a variety of other materials such as varieties of fruits, vegetables, and sodas to compare different voltage produced. 

5.Students will collect and record data from all their experiments to compare the different voltage produced. 

6.Students will display data in charts or graphs to analyze the outcomes of their experiments. 

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

In this lesson students will experiment with everyday household items to make batteries.   Students will use lemons, potatoes, pennies, and cola to make batteries, and compare the amount of voltage produced.  These lessons can be expanded to test a variety of fruits as electrolytes with the electrodes being zinc and copper.  View full description >>

How might we design a battery that reduces e-waste? Phenomenon and Exploration

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Intended Grade Level(s):
4-5
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will learn about the phenomenon of e-waste through online resources to explore the history of electronics.

2.Students will ask questions and define problems involving the environmental impact of electronics and human impact.

3.Students will evaluate and obtain information about electronic waste from online resources such as news articles and videos.

4.Students will learn (or review) knowledge of circuits to design a model and explain how a circuit works.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

During this introduction lesson series students will explore the guiding phenomenon to understand e-waste and connect it to battery design. Students will utilize online resources to learn about problems from e-waste around the world and the environmental impact of electronic consumption. The focus will be for students to ask questions, define... View full description >>

Design and Engineer Solutions

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Intended Grade Level(s):
5-8
Estimated Activity Length:
7 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will take part in the engineering design process.
  2. Students will use problem solving skills to make changes to designs.
  3. Students will use speaking and listening skills to give presentations and listen to others give their presentation.
Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

This lesson is designed to span 9 days with 50-minute sessions. The students will use a Design and Engineering Journal to guide them in the design and engineering process. In small groups they will use the research from lesson 2 to formulate solutions to the problem of plastic trash islands. The students will build models using the 3D printer,... View full description >>

Engineering 101

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Intended Grade Level(s):
5-8
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

·       Students will understand some basics of engineering.

·       Students will become familiar with 3D pens and how to use them.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

This lesson is designed for 3, 50-minute sessions. The students will engage in multiple mini-engineering challenges to develop their understanding of structures and how to build models. The students will also learn to use the 3D pens to create a 3D object.   View full description >>

The Problem of Plastic Trash Islands

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Intended Grade Level(s):
5-8
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will read and watch various informational texts and resources and take structured notes to support comprehension.
  2. Students will conduct independent research on a current event
  3. Students will create a google slide show or other presentation and present their findings and ideas.
  4. Students will practice speaking and listening skills.
Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

This lesson is designed for 3 days, 50-minute sessions. The students will watch videos and take 2 column notes to guide independent research. The students will examine different solutions that are already being tried and experimental solutions that have not yet been implemented. The students will research the problem and then develop a Google... View full description >>

Adrift in a Sea of Plastic Unit Plan

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Intended Grade Level(s):
5-8
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

·       Students will design 3D models using Tinkercad software.

·       Students will define the problem of plastic trash islands.

·       Students will describe possible solutions to the problem of plastic trash islands.

·       Students will research the plastic trash problem and create google slideshows the problem and how we might fix it.

·       Students will investigate different ways to build structures that both float and hold weight.

·       Students will build a model of a device that could collect plastic from the ocean.

·       Students will test the models they build.

·       Students will communicate their results from scientific inquiry to identify factors that are important to optimizing the design of the plastic collecting device.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

In this unit students will investigate the phenomena of plastic trash islands floating in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The students will work to solve the problem of plastic trash islands through the engineering and design process. Using 3D printers, students will design plastic collection models powered with renewable energy. The students... View full description >>

TinkerCAD: Introduction to 3D Printing

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Intended Grade Level(s):
5-8
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours 10 min
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will complete several computer aligned design tutorials, lessons, and one project to fully understand and implement unique 3D printed designs.
Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

This lesson is designed to span 5 days with 50-minute sections. After the introduction day, each day the students work toward mastery on the TinkerCAD tutorial online to learn how to create printable 3D models. At the end of the 4 days the students will have created a small 3D model to specifications to print on the 3D printer. View full description >>

Pittsburgh, PA -- Second Round Single-Day Workshop

Location:
Homestead, PA
Grade Level:
2-8

This project was made possible with funding from the Arconic Foundation. Arconic Foundation’s mission is to support non-profit partners who advance STEM Education and Workforce Development in Arconic communities. This is the second time that Pittsburgh has been a location for an Arconic workshop with CE.  CE co-planned with workshop with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to get a sense of how the initial workshop had impacted their curriculum and hands-on instruction.

This workshop was the second visit that CE has made to Pittsburgh as part of this cycle of funding from Arconic. Thus,... Read full project narrative >>

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