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The 2017 Summer Institute focused on Chemistry and Engeneering. The content of this institute will be repeated in 2023.

All NGSS performance expectiations that have an asterisk* are intended to integrate Engineering Design (ETS) with disciplinary core ideas in science. Each Summer Institute we will try to feature one or more of these integrated lessons. 


Life Science Engineering Lessons

Earth Science Engineering Lessons

Physical Science Engineering Lessons

Lesson Plans: Life Science

Grade Level

NGSS Performance Expectation(s)

Lesson Title and Description

Lesson Materials

Presenter(s)

1

1-LS1-1*

K-2 ETS1-1

Copy Cat

In this lesson, students will explore external parts (adaptations) that help animals survive, grow, and meet their needs for their environment. Students are challeneged to think about external features of plants and animals that humans have copied to improve their lives. Students then apply their engineering skills to design a jacket using external features from animals that help to keep the animal warm. In addition, this activity introduces students to scientific argumentation and allows students multiple opporunities to practice these skills. 

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Student Worksheet (Publisher)

Student Worksheet (PDF)

Additional Materials

Darby Feldwinn

Summer 2020

2

2-LS2-2*

K-2-ETS1-3 

Hitchhiking Seeds

In this lesson, students will explore the different methods for seed dispersal and the effect that humans can have on this process. Students will also practice their engineering skills by designing and building a seed that can be dispersed by either wind or by animal. They will then evaluate their classmates’ designs to learn what properties of seeds make them ideal for each dispersal mechanism.

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Additional Lesson Materials

Kyla Rightmer

Darby Feldwinn

Summer 2019

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Lessons: Earth Science

Grade Level

NGSS Performance Expectation(s)

Lesson Title and Description

Lesson Materials

Presenter(s)

3

3-ESS3-1*

3-5 ETS1-1

Saving the Doghouse: Flood Barrier Design Challenge

This lesson begins with the phenomenon of a flash flood, and students are asked to identify the causes and effects of flood damage after watching videos of local floods. Students are then presented the challenge of protecting a backyard doghouse in the event of a flash flood, and work in teams of 3-4 to use a variety of materials to design, build, and test a flood barrier for their doghouse to keep it dry. 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheet (PDF) 

Lauri Dahlin

Hortencia Corral 

Summer 2017

3

3-ESS3-1*

3-5-ETS1-2

Levees

In this lesson, students will read and answer questions to learn about levees and their uses. Students will then explore how five materials interact with water. Using these findings, students will design and build a levee in groups. As a class, they will develop an evaluation tool to help them assess three levees based on both cost and performance. The levees will be tested by allowing it to rain on the levee and having water raise to the ½ maximum predicted flood height, followed by the maximum predicted flood height. Students will also discuss how building a levee can have a negative effect on surrounding areas.

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Student Worksheets (Publisher)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Additional Lesson Materials

Darby Feldwinn

Summer 2019

4

4-ESS3-2*

3-5 ETS1-2

Earthquake Building/Shaking Contest

Students begin by brainstorming why some buildings collapse in earthquakes and other buildings stay standing or have little damage. They complete a beginning activity comparing damage to buildings in historic earthquakes and learn about the components for building an earthquake resistant structure.

Students must apply their knowldge of these components to design, build, and test an earthquake resistant structure on a shake table. Empahsis is placed on how these components work together as a system as well as analyzing class data to identify which buildings worked best. 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheet (Word)

Student Worksheet (PDF)

Additional Materials

Kim Castagna

Jennifer Foster

Summer 2017

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Lessons: Physical Sceince

Grade Level

NGSS Performance Expectation(s)

Lesson Title and Description

Lesson Materials

Presenter(s)

K-PS2-1

K-PS2-2*

K-2 ETS1-1

Kindergarten Motion Lesson Sequence: Pushes and Pulls

This 4-lesson sequence focuses on the fundamentals of pushes and pulls, and how they effect the speed and direction of moving objects. In lesson one students identify the pushes and pulls of everyday objects. Lesson two provides an investgation of the relationship between ramps, object speed, and object mass, guiding students to make the connection that objects with a larger mass and speed can give a bigger push. Lesson three incorporates engineering desgin as students work in teams to build marble towers, and lesson four concludes with a study of simple machines. 

Lesson Plans

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Word Wall Cards

Mandi de Witte

Summer 2016

K

K-PS3-2*

K-2 ETS1-1

Bunny Burrows

Students are presented with the problem of keeping a UV bead "bunny" safe in its shoebox "burrow." Students work in groups of 3 to use tools and materials to design, build, and test a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on their bunny's burrow. After testing, students share results with the class and find patterns in which materials worked best to protect the bunny, and which materials did not work to protect the bunny. 

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Student Worksheet (PDF)

Student Worksheet (Word)

Change Cards (PDF)

Materials Cards (PDF)

Angela White

Nichole Hughes

Summer 2017

First

1-PS4-1

1-PS4-4*

K-2 ETS1-3

Tin Can Phones

This 5E lesson plan engages students through exploration of the phenomenon of sound, leading them to make the connection that vibrating materials make sound, and that sound makes vibrations. After, students build and test cup telephones to investigate sound over a distance. 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Tanya Juarez

Summer 2016

2

2-PS1-2*

K-2 ETS1-2

The Fourth Little Pig House Design Challenge

Using the story of the three little pigs as a backdrop, second grade students will be challenged to become engineers to design, build, and test their own house for a “fourth” little pig. Students must decide which materials will work best to build a strong house that can stay standing in the “wind of the wolf,” which is actually an electric fan! After drawing and discussing their design, students will apply math skills through using pretend money to buy materials from “the store” to build their house. Applying content knowledge about material properties as well as teamwork, time and supply management, and problem solving will be essential during this lesson. 

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Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Mandi de Witte

Summer 2017

3

3-PS2-4*

3-5-ETS1-1 

Maglev Train Systems

Students work in teams to design and build a levitating magnet "train" that can move using magnets not in direct contact with each other. Materials include cardboard boxes, magnets, tape, and other various materials. Students must use their knowledge about magnetism as well as trial and error when building their trains. 

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Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Additional Resources

Hortencia Corral

Nancy Escamilla

Summer 2016

4

4-PS3-2

4-PS3-4*

3-5 ETS1-3

Stomp Rockets

Students design, build, test, and refine paper rockets and measure how far they launch and fly through the air! 

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Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Lauri Dahlin

Summer 2016

6/MS 

MS-PS3-3*

MS-ETS1-3

Ovens Using Solar Energy

Students will design, create a procedural plan, and test the efficiency of a solar oven. Students will then analyze data to determine the similarities and differences among oven designs to create a new oven procedure.

This lesson provides a great ending activity to performance expectation MS-PS3-3 and MS-ETS1-3. During the activity students build solar ovens to capture the energy from the sun to melt their s’mores. In addition, students record the beginning and ending temperatures from inside their ovens and a control placed outside the oven. Students then compare the similarities and differences of the class ovens to design the optimal oven.

Before this activity students should have learned about the transfers/transformations of energy, specifically solar radiation.

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheet (Word)

Student Worksheet (PDF)

Data Sheet (Word)

Data Sheet (PDF)

Kim Castagna

Jennifer Foster

Summer 2017