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I’m Chris and this semester I am in the progress of teaching 4 lessons at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) to first graders and their families. If you recall, my unit is called Harnessing the Elements. I will be teaching students and families about energy and how we can “harness the elements” for our use. Students will learn about wind, water, and solar energy.
In this lesson, students will learn about wind energy and build and race sail cars. Students will be able to: 1) distinguish between nonrenewable and renewable energy 2) understand that wind has energy and the stronger the wind, the more energy it has 3) identify ways of harnessing wind
Hi everyone, I’m Chris and I am one of the bloggers for the Engineers as Teachers (EasT) blog. The goal of EasT is to give engineering students an opportunity to give back to the community by teaching underserved elementary and middle school students about engineering through fun experiments that range from the physics of amusement parks to engineering in the heart. These lessons are taught in “Family Science Night” format, usually in the evenings so children and their parents can learn about engineering together.
In this lesson, students create a Rube Goldberg machine to learn about energy and energy transfer. At the end of the activity, students should be able to: 1) understand energy and give examples of energy 2) distinguish between potential and kinetic energy 3) understand that energy does not get created nor destroyed, but rather it is transferred or converted from one thing to another
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