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    Buoyancy and Boat Design

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    boats, buoyancy, air resistance, base, sail

    Subject
    Building/EDP

    Grade Level
    5

    Time
    1 Hour

    Brief Description
    This activity combines the study of how upward resistance of water on a boat and air resistance on a sail to better build a sturdy…[Read more]

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    Shipwrecked: Circuits and Lanterns

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    circuits, batteries, electricity, Snap Circuits, IEL

    Subject
    Electricity & Magnetism

    Grade Level
    5

    Time
    1 Hour

    Brief Description
    This activity was divided into two days. Day 1 was primarily free play and exploration so that the…[Read more]

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    Shipwrecked: Insulating Shelters

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    insulation, heat, IEL

    Subject
    Building/EDP

    Grade Level
    4, 5

    Time
    1 Hour

    Brief Description
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    Shipwrecked: Dirty Water

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    environmental engineering, water, IEL

    Subject
    Building/EDP, Earth Science

    Grade Level
    4, 5

    Time
    1 Hour

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    Chair for Mr. Bear

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    Bear, Mr. Bear, build, chair, problem, solution, design

    Subject and Grade Level
    Simple Machines, K, 1, 2, 3

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    • For Mr. Ho’s fourth grade class and Josiah Quincy we tweaked the “Build a chair for Mr. Bear” activity by having them make a table and a chair for Mr. Elephant to have dinner. Overall, it was a good way to introduce the NXT pieces to the kids. We noticed that it was important to guide the students more than usual because the pieces are so…[Read more]

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    Bicycle Unit: Engineering the Wheel

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    bikes, force, friction, rolling, ramp, travel, wheel, tire, LEGO

    Subject
    LEGO […]

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    Boat Building

    Author
    Rachel Yu and Laura Nixon

    Keywords
    boats, materials, float, water, weight, sinking, density, surface area, weight

    Subject
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    • Freddy and I did this as our first lesson with our fifth grade class. They enjoyed it and it got them excited about STOMP. I would recommend bringing a lot of tin foil if you do this activity, because usually by the time the kids were ready to redesign and test, their tin foil was ripping. Also, I would recommend having several testing stations…[Read more]

    • Camille and I executed this lesson in Spring ’15 in Mrs. Murphy’s Argenziano 5th grade classroom as a warm up to our Structural Engineering via Architectural History curriculum. I learned from my previous lesson and had multiple testing stations for the students, but even with 3 stations for 20 students there was still a line. We had the students…[Read more]

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    Animal Mimicry (with LEGO)

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    mimicry, animals, behavior, movement, adaptation, 1 Hour Total, 4-6

    Subject
    NXTs, Simple Machines

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    Animal Adaptations

    Author
    Emily Ryan

    Keywords
    animal adaptations, environments, design, build, unique, animal, animals, found materials, adapt, modeling

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    • We used this lesson as a spring board for our final project in an animal adaptations unit in a 5th grade classroom at JQS. We had previously discussed the adaptations and animal would need to live in certain habitats and defend itself. We gave the students parameters in which the animal would need to survive. Example shown below (at lease one…[Read more]

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    Amusement Park Ride

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    amusement park, ride, NXT, prototype, mechanical engineer, engineering design process, safety, constraints, build, program

    Subject and Grade Level
    NXT, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Time
    2 Hours Total

    Lesson Objectives:
    – To apply building and…[Read more]

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    Materials Testing

    Author
    Alana Lustenberger

    Keywords
    materials, properties, building, sturdy, 4th grade, columbus, dipersio

    Subject
    Non-LEGO

    Grade Level
    4, 5, 6

    Time
    1 Hour Total

    Brief Description
    This activity involves having students explore the properties of different…[Read more]

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    Three Little Pigs House Building

    Author
    Emily Lai and Emily Naito

    Keywords
    three little pigs, build, house

    Subject
    Non-LEGO

    Grade Level
    K, 1, 2

    Time
    2 Hours Total

    Brief Description
    After reviewing the story of the 3 little pigs, students get into groups and build three…[Read more]

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    Wedo Cars

    Author
    Emily Lai, Emily Naito

    Keywords
    Wedo, Car, LEGO, Robotics

    Subject
    LEGO Building

    Grade Level
    K, 1, 2

    Time
    2 Hours Total

    Brief Description
    Part 1: Students create their own cars using the pieces in the Wedo kit.
    Part 2: Students follow a set of pictoral…[Read more]

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    Birds and Their Habitats

    Author
    Emma Coltoff, Pami Anderson

    Keywords
    animal, adaptations, habitat, birds, climate

    Subject
    Non-LEGO

    Grade Level
    4, 5

    Time
    1 Hour Total

    Brief Description
    Students are assigned a habitat and must sketch a bird with physical traits that are…[Read more]

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    Act Out Electricity!

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    acting, circuit, electricity, resistors, current, switches, battery, electrons, protons, charge, introduction to electricity

    Subject
    Non-LEGO

    Grade Level
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Time
    30 Minutes

    Brief Description
    Students work together to demonstrate how…[Read more]

    • This activity was really useful as a precursor to doing anything with electricity/circuits. Since electricity is hard to conceptualize for the students, this activity helped them “see” what was going on inside a circuit. We were able to refer back to it when we moved on to snap circuits and it really stuck with the kids. They were all excited to…[Read more]

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    Three Little Pigs IEL

    Author
    Matthew Mueller and Sarah Copolla

    Keywords
    integrating engineering and literacy three little pigs client based design

    Subject
    Non-LEGO

    Grade Level
    4, 5

    Time
    3 Hours Total, 4+ Hours Total

    Brief Description
    The story of the three little pigs was…[Read more]

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    Grab Bag Magnetism Investigation

    Author
    David Stack and Jessica Swenson

    Keywords
    Magnetism, non-lego, science, hypothesis

    Subject
    Non-LEGO

    Grade Level
    5

    Time
    1 Hour Total

    Brief Description
    Students investigate whether a material is magnetic or non-magnetic to learn the…[Read more]

    • We did a version of this activity in our 5th grade classroom at JQS. We allowed students to explore with magnets. They tested to see if things were magnetic or not. We also discussed compasses and how a magnet would disrupt compass function. This activity is a good introduction to magnetism, but does NOT take a full hour, especially for 5th…[Read more]

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    Intro to Scratch

    Author
    STOMP

    Keywords
    Scratch, Programming, User Input

    Subject
    Non-LEGO

    Grade Level
    4, 5, 6

    Time
    2 Hours Total

    Brief Description
    Students learn basic programming concepts with Scratch, including giving a sprite instructions and having a sprite respond to…[Read more]

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    Adaptations Box

    Author
    Emma Coltoff, Pami Anderson

    Keywords
    animal, adaptations, habitat

    Subject
    Non-LEGO

    Grade Level
    4, 5

    Time
    30 minutes

    Brief Description
    STOMPers lead students in selecting physical character traits for an animal that can survive in the chosen habitat.[Read more]

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    Mars Rover

    Author(s)
    Hannah Garfield & Kirsten Jorgensen

    School
    Vinson Owen

    Teacher
    Jill Pappas

    Brief Description
    This unit’s theme is landing a rover on mars. The unit incorporates themes of testing and design iteration, service learning/biomedical engineering/human factors, and NXT…[Read more]

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