Watch It Slide!
Students use inclined planes as they recreate the difficult task of raising a monolith of rock to build a pyramid. They compare the push and pull of different-sized blocks up an inclined plane, determine the angle of inclination, and learn the changes that happen when the angle is increased or decreased.
Marine animal tracking
The following lesson is an introduction to the ideas and implications of animal tracking. Animal tracking is a useful method used within science and commercial industries. For instance, when planning the development coastal areas, animal presence and movement should be taken into consideration. The lesson engages students in an activity to monitor animal foraging behavior on a spatial scale. The students will break into groups and track each other’s movements as they move through a pre-determi
Skyscrapers: Engineering Up!
Skyscrapers are one of the most glorified products of Civil Engineering and contain an interesting history of progress and development. In this lesson, the students will learn about the history of the world’s tallest free standing structures and the basic design principles behind their success. Students will build their own newspaper skyscrapers with limited materials and time, trying to achieve a maximum height and the ability to withstand a “hurricane wind” force. Discussion will concent
Testing Fundamental Loads
Students will conduct several simple lab activities to learn about the five fundamental load types that can act on structures: tension, compression, shear, bending, and torsion. In this activity, students break foam insulation blocks by applying these five fundamental load types (tension, compression, shear, bending and torsion). Students will study carefully each type of fracture pattern (break in the material) and make drawings of the fracture patterns in their notes in order to learn the tell
Light Plants and Dark Plants, Wet Plants and Dry Ones
Students plant sunflower seeds in plastic cups, and once germinated, these are exposed to different conditions of light levels and/or soil moisture contents. During exposure of the plants to these different conditions, students measure growth of the seedlings every few days using non-standard measurement (inch cubes). After a few weeks, they compare the growth of plants exposed to the different conditions, and make pictorial bar graphs that demonstrate these comparisons.
In this lesson, students will determine what supplies they will take with them to survive their trip through the Amazon. Students will use estimation and basic math skills to determine how much they can carry and what they can use to survive in the Amazon and how much they can carry until they reach their destination.
Rocks, Rocks, Rocks
Student teams will test rocks to identify and record rock properties such as luster, hardness, color, etc., and classify rocks as igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. They will complete a worksheet table with all of their rock properties, and then answer some worksheet questions to deepen their understanding of rock properties and relate them to the cavern design problem.
Testing the Caverns - Optional
This activity provides a fun, activity-based closure to the Asteroid Impact unit. Students build model caverns using paper mache or clay and bury them in a tray of sand. Next, they test the models by dropping balls onto them to simulate an asteroid hitting the earth. By molding paper mache around a balloon to form a dome, or around a small cardboard box to form a rectangular structure, students will be able to build their caverns.
Scaling the Map
Students will learn how to determine map distances and map areas using the map scale. They will also get a better feel for how much an area represents on the map in relation to the size they are suggesting for their cavern.
Flow Rates of Faucets and Rivers
In the Flow Rate Experiment, students perform hands-on experiments with a common faucet, as well as work with the Engineering Our Water Living Lab (accessible through TeachEngineering.com) to gain a better understanding of flow rate and how it pertains to engineering and applied science. Students calculate the flow rate of a faucet for three different levels (quarter blast, half blast, and full blast). Building on these calculations, students hypothesize about the flow rate in a nearby river, an
Bend That Bar
In this activity, the students will learn about material properties. They will learn that engineers must consider several material properties when designing. This activity focuses on strength-to-weight ratios and how sometimes the strongest material is not always the best material.
Light and Lenses: Images and Concave Lenses
This is the 4th lesson in the series, "Light and Lenses." It describes the nature, size and position of an image formed by a concave lens. The lesson also describes how lenses are used to help people with different eye conditions. (13:34)
Boiler Bytes: Paint Crew provides support in Mackey Arena
The Paint Crew has long been one of the largest student sections in not only the Big Ten but the nation. The Paint Crew goal is to increase spirit, support, and general game-day atmosphere for all games at Mackey Arena. http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~paintcrw/rules.html
Purdue visits Warren Buffett
Nineteen MBA students from Purdue's Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) and Finance Club, along with two faculty members, trekked to Omaha, Nebraska, to meet the world's greatest investor, Warren Buffett. See the whole story at: http://www.krannert.purdue.edu/news/features/buffett.asp
Art Institute of Chicago Musecast: August 2009
Collection Connection: Just getting familiar with the Modern Wing? Starting this fall and stretching through the year, weâll provide you with over 500 ways of exploring the Modern Wing through art, music, poetry, and dance. Join Art Institute director James Cuno, the Poetry Foundation, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as we introduce our new season of programming, 500 Ways of Looking at Modern.
Art Institute in the Community: Two new pavilions celebrating t
Numeracy & Quantitative Methods (4/11): Measurement Tools: the Survey Method
Numeracy and Quantitative Methods Measurement Tools: the Survey Method
A 2:25 video that reviews the causes of the Texas war for independence and the events that resulted ultimately to the surrender of the Mexican leader and the signing of documentation giving Texas independence. Student done. Strange ending.
The World is Our Classroom
At the University of Notre Dame, students have the opportunity to learn about poverty and injustice first-hand through local, national, and international community-based learning and research opportunities offered by the Center for Social Concerns. This video provides a brief glimpse into the diverse experiences and insights students gain when they make the world their classroom. http://socialconcerns.nd.edu/
A retrospective look at space shuttle Endeavour.