|Name of Activity||Intro to Engineering|
|Keywords||Introduction to Engineering, Compromise, share, respect, cooperate, evaluate, brick, beam, plate|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Lesson Objectives:||- Introduce engineering and what an engineer does.
– Assist students in their ability to work with others.
– For students to learn how to plan, share, and discuss ideas, for building a simple structure.
|Brief Description||In this activity, students will be introduced to engineering and partner building. Students will work with a partner to build a design of their choice, but must cooperate, discuss, and compromise as part of the challenge.|
|Materials Needed:||- 20 LEGO pieces in a small plastic bag (one bag for each pair).
– Engineer’s Planning Worksheets.
– Optional – What do Engineers Do book (available at Tufts CEEO).
– Optional – Books about sharing and taking turns (Dandelion Warriors or It’s Mine by Leo Lionni).
– Extension LEGO kits (10 pieces in a bag for each student).
– Mystery number of LEGO pieces in a bag for students to count and name.
– Mystery pieces students must identify by feel.
|Preparation and Set Up:||- Arrange students in pairs.
– Distribute LEGO kits.
– Distribute ‘Engineer’s Planning Worksheets’.
|Procedure||Background: To properly refer to LEGO bricks, plates and beams of different sizes count the number of bumps on top of the brick/plate/beam widthwise by lengthwise. A 1 x 4 beam is 1 ridge wide and 4 ridges long. A 2 X 8 brick is 2 bumps wide and 8 bumps long. Procedure:
|Extensions or Modifications:||If students are having trouble working together, role model and discuss the following situations with another adult: grabbing pieces, working on separate projects without communicating, arguing|
|Sample Image 1||http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/planning_sheet-1.pdf|