Math Engineering Lessons & Activities for K-12

June 3rd, 2013 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Monday, June 3, 2013 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.)

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 click on “Browse” on the menu to find curricula sorted by:

*Subject Areas – Each with numerous units in Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Number and Operations, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof and 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.

*Lessons – Find hundreds of lessons that meet content standards on topics that include Air Pressure, Ampere’s Law, Art in Engineering, Animals in Engineering, Friction, Magnetics, Mars, Rivers, Rocks, Paper Airplanes, Water, and much more.  

*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 through the lessons and units mentioned above. Activities (that include a materials list and instructions) cover 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. 

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

 

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