Free Math & Engineering Lessons for K-12

April 30th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Monday, April 30, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Teach Engineering

Age Range: 5-18 (Designed for Grades K-12; the majority of the material is for Grades 3 and up, with parental supervision.)

Get free, open-ended, hands-on lessons and activities to stimulate your students’ interest in math and science through engineering. As explained at the website, “engineers have a hand in designing, creating or modifying nearly everything we touch, wear, eat, see and hear” in the real world.  The free K-12 engineering curricula at this website integrates math, science, and technology through exploration of the “built world” around us so that it’s relevant to the lives of young people.

The idea here is to encourage students to pose questions about “why things work” and then gain skills and use their imaginations to create innovations that improve the world for everyone.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured “Editor’s Pick.”  Above it is a menu that says “Browse.” Below it, you can click on menu items to find curricula sorted by:

*Activities -  In my opinion, this is the place to start because the stand-alone, hands-on, fun experiments are sure to engage your kids’ interest and may springboard you to further learning.  There are over 600 activities (that include a materials list and instructions) covering a range of possibilities such as the exploration of acids and bases, designing a bicycle helmet, learning about kidney filtering, investigating Ohm’s Law, playing “Rock Jeopardy,” making Yogurt Cup Speakers and more. 
 
*Lessons – Get over 380 different lessons that meet content standards on topics that include Air Pressure, Ampere’s Law, Art in Engineering, Animals in Engineering, Friction, Magnetics, Mar s, Rivers, Rocks, Paper Airplanes, Water, and much more.
 
*Subject Areas – Find out all of the math topics covered including Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Number and Operations, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof.  You’ll find lots of science content as well.

*Curricular Units – These theme-based learning experiences are composed of multiple lessons designed to take place over several weeks in a classroom environment. There are units on asteroid impact, bridges, cells, energy, floaters and sinkers, marine mapping, natural disasters, rockets, simple machines, weather and more. They can be tweaked for the homeschool learning environment.

All of the lessons and activities include the estimated time it takes and the approximate cost for the materials.

Teach Engineering is a terrific resource so bookmark it to return often!

 

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