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Are Dams Forever?
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Students learn that dams do not last forever. Similar to other human-made structures, such as roads and bridges, dams require regular maintenance and have a finite lifespan. Many dams built during the 1930-70s, an era of intensive dam construction, have an expected life of 50-100 years. Due to inadequate maintenance and/or for environmental reasons, some of these dams will fail or be removed in the next 50 years. The engineers with Splash Engineering have an ethical obligation to remind Thirsty County of the maintenance and lifespan concerns associated with its dam.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Hydrology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denali Lander
Denise W. Carlson
Jeff Lyng
Kristin Field
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Boom Construction
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Student teams design their own booms (bridges) and engage in a friendly competition with other teams to test their designs. Each team strives to design a boom that is light, can hold a certain amount of weight, and is affordable to build. Teams are also assessed on how close their design estimations are to the final weight and cost of their boom "construction." This activity teaches students how to simplify the math behind the risk and estimation process that takes place at every engineering firm prior to the bidding phase when an engineering firm calculates how much money it will take to build the project and then "bids" against other competitors.

Subject:
Applied Science
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Stanislav Roslyakov
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Chernobyl Empathy
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Student groups are given captioned photographs of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant facility and surrounding towns taken before and 28 years after the 1986 disaster. Based on the captions and clues in the images, they arrange them in sequential order. While viewing the completed sequence of images, students reflect on what it might have been like to be there, and ask themselves: what were people thinking, doing and saying at each point? This activity assists students in gaining an understanding of how devastating nuclear meltdowns can be, which underscores the importance of responsible engineering. It is recommended that this activity be conducted before the associated lesson, Nuclear Energy through a Virtual Field Trip.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Activities
Author:
Ashley Martin
Dale Gaddis
Hannah Brooks
Lazar Trifunovic
Shay Marceau
Date Added:
04/26/2017
Dam Pass or Fail
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Students conduct Internet research to investigate the purpose and current functioning status of some of the largest dams throughout the world. They investigate the success or failure of eight dams and complete a worksheet. While researching the dams, they also gain an understanding of the scale of these structures by recording and comparing their reservoir capacities. Students come to understand that dams, like all engineered structures, have a finite lifespan and require ongoing maintenance and evaluation for their usefulness.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computing and Information
Engineering
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denali Lander
Denise W. Carlson
Jeff Lyng
Kristin Field
Megan Podlogar
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Fun Look at Material Science
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Students are introduced to the multidisciplinary field of material science. Through a class demo and PowerPoint® presentation, they learn the basic classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites) and how they differ from one another, considering concepts such as stress, strain, ductile, brittle, deformation and fracture. Practical examples help students understand how the materials are applied, and further information about specific research illustrates how materials and material science are useful in space exploration. A worksheet and quiz are provided.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Marc Bird
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Geometry Solutions: Design and Play Mini-Golf
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Students learn about geometric relationships by solving real mini putt examples on paper and then using putters and golf balls to experiment with the teacher’s pre-made mini put hole(s) framed by 2 x 4s, comparing their calculated (theoretical) results to real-world results. To “solve the holes,” they find the reflections of angles and then solve for those angles. They do this for 1-, 2- and 3-banked hole-in-one shots. Next, students apply their newly learned skills to design, solve and build their own mini putt holes, also made of 2 x 4s and steel corners.

Subject:
Geometry
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Activities
Author:
Aaron Lamplugh
Andi Vicksman
Devin Rourke
Maia Vadeen
Malinda Zarske
Nathan Coyle
Russell Anderson
Ryan Sullivan
Date Added:
03/01/2017
Learning Framework: Effective Strategies for College Success
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This free digital textbook serves as a companion to EDUC 1300/1200/1100 Learning Framework: Effective Strategies for College Success at Austin Community College. This book is an accessible and relevant way to explore the research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation as well as factors that impact learning, and the presentation of specific learning strategies. This Open Educational Resource was remixed from a previous version found at https://courses.lumenlearning.com/austincc-learningframeworks/ by Heather Syrett and Laura Lucas. Senior Contributing Author and EditorHeather Syrett, Professor and Assistant Department ChairStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community College Contributing AuthorsPamela Askew, ProfessorStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community CollegeEduardo Garcia, ProfessorStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community College Edgar Granillo, Professor and Department ChairStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community College Laura Lucas, Former Adjunct ProfessorStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community CollegeMarcy May, Adjunct ProfessorStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community CollegeTobin Quereau, Former Adjunct ProfessorStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community CollegeAmber Sarker, ProfessorStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community College Paul Smith, Adjunct ProfessorStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community College Eva Thomsen, Associate ProfessorStudent Development and General StudiesAustin Community College Suggested Attribution for Reuse;Syrett, H., et al. Learning Framework: Strategies for College Success. Provided by: Austin Community College. Located at: OERCommons, https://www.oercommons.org/courseware/8434. License: CC BY-NC-SA-4.0 Revised August 2020 (Chapters 1, 4, 6, 7, and 8), August 2021 (Chapters 2 and 15), August 2022 (Chapters 1, 3, and 16), August 2023 (Chapters 1, 16, and 17).

Subject:
Education
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Date Added:
07/06/2018
Load It Up!
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Students take a hands-on look at the design of bridge piers (columns). First they brainstorm types of loads that might affect a Colorado bridge. Then they determine the maximum possible load for that scenario, and calculate the cross-sectional area of a column designed to support that load. Choosing from clay, foam or marshmallows, they create model columns and test their calculations.

Subject:
Applied Science
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Chris Valenti
Denali Lander
Denise W. Carlson
Joe Friedrichsen
Jonathan S. Goode
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
Date Added:
10/14/2015
My Path: Astronaut Advice: Pick Up a Book and Read! (Kjell Lindgren)
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"Spending time reading really opens doors," says Astronaut Kjell Lindgren. Hear Lindgren talk about the importance of reading, his education and who is his inspiration in this episode of My Path.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/29/2022
My Path: Astronaut Anna Fisher Explains Why Getting Rejected from Medical School Paid Off
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Astronaut Anna Fisher did not initially get accepted into medical school, but it turned out that the rejection put her on a path to becoming an astronaut.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/29/2022
My Path: Astronaut Anne McClain Asks Everyone to "Tell a Teacher 'Thank You'"
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Astronaut Anne McClain says "my heroes are absolutely teachers." Find out what else Anne has to say about teachers as well as her advice to middle school students.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/29/2022
My Path: Before He Was an Astronaut, Victor Glover Was Stocking Shelves at 7/Eleven
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"Look for challenges" says Victor Glover. Today he's an astronaut, engineer and pilot, but his early days in the working world started with some very common jobs.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/29/2022
My Path: Chris Lopez, Spaceport America Program Manager
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Have you ever wondered how important people get to where they are? Spaceport America program manager, Chris Lopez, shares his path in this segment brought to you by STEM in 30.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/29/2022
My Path: "Go out there and tell them what you want" - Darian Jenkins, Professional Soccer Player
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"Get out there and tell people what you want" is great advice from professional soccer player Darian Jenkins. Learn more about her story here.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/30/2022
My Path: ISS Astronaut Paolo Nespoli on the Power of Teamwork and Failure
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Watch Astronaut Paolo Nespoli talk about his childhood heroes, the power of teamwork, and his positive outlook on failing.

Subject:
Applied Science
Education
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/30/2022
My Path: TOPGUN Graduate and National Air and Space Museum Director Chris Browne
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Learn about National Air and Space Museum Deputy Director Chris Browne's path through naval aviation.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/30/2022
My Path: What Life Lessons this Astronaut Learned from Playing College Baseball (Shane Kimbrough)
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Astronaut Shane Kimbrough reflects on lessons learned on the athletic field & working in space.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/29/2022
My Path: World Record Skydive Suit Engineer Jared Leidich
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Jared Leidich talks about what big, important projects take -- teamwork, communication and failure.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
09/29/2022
Operation Build a Bridge and Get Over It
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Students act as structural engineers and learn about forces and load distributions as they follow the steps of the engineering design process to design and build small-scale bridges using wooden tongue depressors and glue. Teams brainstorm ideas that meet the size and material design constraints and create prototype bridges of the most promising solutions. They test their bridges to see how much weight they can hold until they break and then determine which have the highest strength-to-weight ratios. They examine the prototype failures to identify future improvements. This activity is part of a unit in which multiple activities are brought together for an all-day school/multi-school concluding “engineering field day” competition.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Activities
Author:
Nadia Richards
Date Added:
01/01/2015