Texas Tech University
TTU HomeT-STEM Center

Engineering Resources

Engineering Curriculum   |    Other Engineering Resources

TITLE GRADE(S) SUBJECT TEKS DESCRIPTION
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? High School Engineering Design & Presentation

Engineering Mathematics

Electronics

Principles of Technology

Engineering Design & Problem Solving

Algebra I

Physics
130.365



130.367


130.368

130.371


130.373



111.39

112.39
Students learn how a new electrical product can be developed, engineered, and marketed to the public.
Build Your Own Robot Arm High School

Middle School
Concepts of Engineering & Technology

Engineering Design & Presentation

Science, 6,7,8

Technology Applications, 6,7,8
130.362



130.365



112.18-20

126.14-16
Working in teams, students build a robot arm from basic materials. The arm should be capable of lifting an empty Styrofoam cup.

Note: The instructions give students an incorrect link to a NASA document; the correct link is http://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/Humans_Robots.pdf.
It's Simply a Balancing Act Middle School Engineering Mathematics

Science, 6
130.367


112.18
An amusement park will be built in your community. Your students are asked to construct a Rube Goldberg-type attraction using balanced and unbalanced forces for the park. Students can see this type of machine in action at http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/goldburgertogo/rubegame.html.
Keeping Afloat High School

Middle School
Engineering Design & Problem Solving

Science, 6

Earth & Space Science

3D Modeling & Animation
130.373



112.18

112.36


126.43
Students learn how buildings are damaged in earthquakes. They are challenged to develop design strategies capable of withstanding liquefaction during earthquakes.
S.O.S. Student Out and Stranded High School Principles of Arts, Audio/Video Technology, & Communications

Audio/Video Production

Earth & Space Science

Physics

Digital Video & Audio Design
130.82





130.85


112.36


112.39

126.45
Teams are asked to create a video showing a group who becomes lost, finds an abandoned house, and must construct a flashlight, compass, and telegraph to help rescuers locate them.
We Get by with a Little Help from Our...Machines! High School Principles of Technology

Integrated Physics & Chemistry

Physics
130.371


112.38



112.39
Students are asked by a venture capitalist to create a compound machine to assist someone with a disability perform an everyday task. Teams prepare an exhibit of their machines.
Rock Around the County High School Principles of Information Technology

Earth & Space Science

Environmental Systems

Digital Design & Media Production
130.272



112.36


112.37


126.41
Students create an exhibit, a virtual tour, and/or a driving tour brochure about local geology for a local museum or tourism commission.
Curiosity Killed the App High School

Middle School
Concepts of Engineering & Technology

Engineering Design & Problem Solving

Science, Grades 6, 7, 8

Integrated Physics & Chemistry

Earth & Space Science

Technology Applications, Grades 6, 7, 8

Robotics Programming & Design
130.362



139.363



112.18-20

112.38



112.36


126.14-16


126.40
Students need a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education NXT base set, an Android mobile device with the Curiosity Killed the App Rover Sim app installed, and access to App Inventor (online at http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/). Students learn the software/system design process, which is closely related to the engineering design process, as they study the Mars Curiosity rover and design and create a similar remote-controlled vehicle.
Building Bridges High School Engineering Mathematics 130.367 Students work in teams to design and test a bridge built to scale. To show students what can happen when a bridge fails, you can find some interesting videos bridge collapses on the Internet such as the Tacoma Narrows Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFzu6CNtqec.
Fluid Power Systems High School Engineering Mathematics

Aquatic Science

Chemistry
130.367


112.32

112.35
Students design and build a hydraulically operated robot arm.
Our Favorite Toys High School Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Design & Problem Solving
130.367


130.373
After investigating mechanical toys and selecting toys to study, students disassemble a toy and analyze input, control, and output. They create a multimedia presentation to explain the toy's control system.

Several of the links in the project plans are broken or don't lead where they should, but you can find the same type information by searching on the web for "wind up toys," automata," "automaton," or "mechanical toys."

Remember that The Invention of Hugo Cabret (book and movie) is about an automaton. And I found a wonderful CBS Sunday Morning video on the "Lost art of Automatons" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7oSFNKIlaM.
Reach for the Sky High School Concepts of Engineering and Technology

Engineering Design and Problem Solving

Mathematical Models with Applications
130.362



130.373


111.43
Skyscrapers are introduced. Students investigate skyscrapers, draw a building, and then construct a model of the building they envision.
Solar Energy: Become a Sun Chef! High School Principles of Technology

Earth & Space Science

Environmental Systems
130.371


112.36


112.37
In order to learn about uses of solar or alternative forms of energy, students build a solar oven and cook simple foods in it.

Some of the links in the curriculum no longer work, but I found numerous sites by searching for "solar cooking for kids." For instance, NASA's site (http://climatekids.nasa.gov/smores/) shows kids how to cook s'mores in a solar cooker. And search for "pizza box solar oven" to find out how to make an oven out of, well, a pizza box.

 

Other Engineering Resources

TITLE TYPE DESCRIPTION
Design Squad Nation Activities A variety of activities dealing with electricity, force/energy, ecology, health, simple machines, sound/music, space/transportation, sports/games, structures, and technology/materials.
Engineer Girl Careers Information about engineering education and careers in engineering. The site also provides information about competitions and contests, clubs and programs, quizzes and polls, and scholarships.
Engineering Education Service Center Resources This engineering education company is home to Celeste Baine's blog. They specialize in K-12 products and resources that will enhance student learning. You will find information on engineering camps, scholarships, Women in Engineering programs, engineering schools, and competitions.
Teach Engineering Resources Find lessons and resources for K-12 classrooms.
Try Engineering Careers Information about higher education and careers in engineering, lesson plans, games, and opportunities.
Is There an Engineer Inside You? Book Celeste Baine is one of my favorite bloggers. Her book has information to help students learn about engineering and the different paths they might choose within the field.
LiveBinders: STEM Engineering Resources Websites A collection of sites dealing with STEM engineering, including NASA, Engineering Education, Blogs, News, Robotics, and teacher and student sites.
Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Resources TAME takes their Trailblazer 40-foot trailer around the state to showcase engineering and science hands-on exhibits for students.
Khan Academy Videos Videos tutoring students in math, science, economics and finance, humanities, and computer programming.
TED Ed Videos Educational video lessons.
Teaching Channel Videos Educational videos created by teachers, for teachers.
Doing Good Science in Middle School, Expanded 2nd Edition - A Practical STEM Guide Book This expanded 2nd edition from NSTA contains "a comprehensive overview of science and engineering practices, STEM, and inquiry-based middle school science instruction."
Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest Contest Formerly known as the West Point Bridge Design Contest, this Internet-based competition provides middle and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. The winning team receives a $5,000 cash scholarship, and all finalists will receive a notebook computer. The contest is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and The Army Educational Outreach Program.

Don't find what you are looking for? Have a great resource to share? CONTACT US