This is just one link to a very challenging game to teach critical thinking. The game is entitled "Design a Solar Car."
The site provides additional games like creating a Bionic Arm. Check this out and enjoy the challenge.
Be sure to check out the blog post National Engineers Week in the group All About Science to learn how engineers influence our daily lives. ScienceNetlinks provides a collection of related resources to involve students in activities related to engineering. The blog also includes links to engineering careers which may interest students as they plan for their futures.
What about Earth Day engineering?
eGFI News for Teachers features some classroom-ready STEM lessons that consider the environment and require engineering concepts to complete the assignments.
Check out the following:
Green Education Foundation’s Top 10 Earth Day Projects. How to start a school garden, “green team” activities, and more!
Which of these lessons will inspire your students to save the earth and improve their engineering skills in the process?
Karen Horn mentioned an awesome site for tracing the development of energy from beginning to modern day. California created Energy Quest with games, puzzles, the story of energy, a Jeopardy game, and more for students in middle school up to high school. Check it out and let us know what you think of these resources.
The Journal featured a post by Howie DiBlasi titled, Dreaming Up an Easy, Disney-inspired STEM Lesson, that described his workshop on designing a Disney World theme park attraction. This workshop will be offered at the 2012 annual International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Diego in June.
Objective: Build a new attraction at a "Disney World" Resort Park.
"Disney hires a team that includes a cross-section of wildly different disciplines in order to handle the construction of a new attraction/ride. These people are called 'imagineers,' a word that combines engineers and imagination. The project teaches collaboration, creativity, and STEM concepts."
What a great project idea to use with your students at the end of the school year when they are planning trips to theme parks during the summer. Or you can use this project at the beginning of the next school year after students have vacationed at theme parks and can rely on their past experiences to design a better attraction.
Challenge your imagineers using this wonderful PBL lesson!