Engineering Unit Offerings

Engineering is Elementary (EiE)

Engineering is Elementary units are equipped with materials and curriculum for students in 1st - 5th grade to do hands-on engineering activities in the classroom. 

Every EiE unit:
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  • Includes hands-on activities that integrates the science content within your Einstein unit
  • Introduces students to the engineering design process as well as a specific field of engineering
  • Aligns with NGSS, Common Core- ELA & Math standards and the WI Academic Standards for Science
  • Integrates ELA and social studies with the engineering storybook
  • Provides real world engineering problems for students to solve
  • Promotes 21st century skills, like collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, & communication
Unit Options:

An Alarming Idea: Designing Alarm Circuits

An Alarming Idea: Designing Alarm Circuits is an electrical engineering unit that extends student learning in the physical science concept of electricity.  In this unit, students will:

  • Learn about conductors and insulators, schematic diagrams and circuits
  • Plan, create and improve their own alarm circuit

The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators

The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators is an agricultural engineering unit that extends student learning in multiple life science concepts.  In this unit, students will:

  • Use what they know about insects, lifecycles and pollination to test materials and create their own hand pollinator
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 A Slick Solution: Cleaning an Oil Spill

A Slick Solution: Cleaning an Oil Spill is an environmental engineering unit that extends student learning in the life science concepts of ecosystems and food webs.  In this unit, students will:

  • Test for water quality and also the oil-absorbing properties of different materials
  • Use various materials to engineer a process for cleaning up an oil spill

 

A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process

A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process is a chemical engineering unit that extends student learning in the physical science concepts of solids and liquids.  In this unit, students will:

  • Explore the different properties of mixtures, solids and liquids
  • Design a process for making high quality play dough

 Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier

Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier is an industrial engineering unit that extends student learning in the physical science concepts of forces and simple machines.  In this unit, students will:

  • Investigate simple machines people use every day
  • Explore the pros and cons of assembly lines versus making things by hand
  • Measure the force of a task by using a simple machine
  • Create an assembly-line subsystem for a model potato chip factory

A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls

A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls is a materials engineering unit that extends student learning in the Earth science concept of Earth materials.  In this unit, students will:

  • Use what they learn about the materials clay, sand and soil to plan, build, test and improve their own walls

 Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills

Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills is a mechanical engineering unit that extends student learning in the Earth and Space science concepts of air and weather.  In this unit, students will:

  • Learn about wind turbines as a renewable energy source_MG_8019 2
  • Study how some common machines work
  • Think like engineers as they design and build sailboats and windmills

Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Water Filters

Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Water Filters is an environmental engineering unit that extends student learning and explores the Earth science concept of water pollution.  In this unit, students will:

  • Learn about water pollution and some solutions to this problem
  • Investigate the properties of water filters
  • Use what they know about water to design their own water filter


Engineering Adventures


Engineering Adventures units are designed for out-of-school programming for 3rd -5th grade. While using these units, children learn about the engineering design process through fun, hands-on engineering design challenges. These challenges are based on real world global events and provide about 6-10 hours of program activities!

Unit Options:

Bubble Bonanza: Engineering Bubble Wands

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In this materials engineering unit, children learn about bubble behavior and investigate the properties of different materials that can be used to design a better bubble wand. Activities include:

  • Blowing bubbles and observing what bubbles can and can’t do
  • Testing a variety of materials to change how bubbles behave
  • Designing and building a bubble wand
  • Presenting the final product in the “Engineering Showcase”

 

 Hop to It: Safe Removal of Invasive Species

In this mechanical engineering unit, children learn about the cane toad, which is an invasive species in Australia, and learn about some traps that can safely capture the animal. Activities include:

  • Using the engineering design process to design a trap that humanely captures the toad
  • Creating a public service announcement to share the dangers of cane toads with others
  • Presenting the traps in an “Engineering Showcase”

Go Green: Engineering Recycled Racers

In this green engineering unit, children use recycled materials to design and create a toy car.  Activities include:

  • Building a two wheel system to test how different wheel materials roll
  • Investigating how to use recycled materials as parts for toy cars
  • Experimenting with different wheel designs
  • Building a race track and engineering toy cars for the “Recycled Racer Derby”

 Liftoff: Engineering Rockets & Rovers

In this aerospace engineering unit, children explore several planets and moons in the solar system as well as engineer a rocket and a rover.  Activities include:

  • Using a stomp rocket launcher to learn how weight affects how rockets fly
  • Learning more about how rockets and rovers are used to explore areas of space
  • Building models of rockets and rovers and learning how models are important to aerospace engineers

To The Rescue: Engineering Aid Drop Packages

In this package engineering unit, children design an aid drop package that can be dropped from an air plane while meeting certain criteria. Activities include:

  • Testing different materials that can protect the package’s contents such has hard casings and soft paddings
  • Testing different methods to slow the package down as it falls
  • Investigating how to make sure the package is easily identified once delivered
  • Engineering an aid drop package based on the findings of the tests and investigations

Information sourced from Museum of Science, Boston (EiE)

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