June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.349.1 - 24.349.2
Curriculum Exchange: Teaching Energy Concepts using Chain Reaction Machines K-‐12 and Pre-‐College Engineering Division | Curriculum Exchange The STEAM Machines™ and STEAM Machines and Career Exploration ™ programs challenge teams of middle and high school-‐aged students to learn and apply the engineering design process to build Rube Goldberg style chain reaction machines. These summer camp programs teach students real-‐world engineering skills, provide experience with systems thinking and multi-‐team collaboration, integrate arts and STEM, and create a pathway for students to better understand careers in engineering and other science, technology and math fields. For the Summer 2013 implementations of these summer camp programs, new content modules on energy and anaerobic digestion were integrated into the curriculum and introduced at three high school sites, i.e., two in Arizona and one in Trinidad and Tobago. A total of 65 students ranging from ages 13 to 18 participated in the experience. With the addition of the energy content and related activities students learned to: • Identify the different states and forms of energy • Describe the Law of Conservation of Energy • Describe the difference between renewable and non-‐renewable sources of energy • Describe things that can be done on a national and individual level to use energy sustainably • Design chain reaction machines with constraints related to forms of energy • Describe the process of anaerobic digestion • Describe how biogas is created and its applications • Create biogas and use the resulting energy to power a step in a chain reaction machine Although the energy and anaerobic digester modules were designed to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the presented concepts were covered in greater depth than what is specified in the standards. Using a combination of interactive presentations and hands-‐on activities, the modules appealed to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles. For the curriculum exchange the following resources related to the energy and anaerobic digestion module will be shared: a) lesson plans with instructor notes; b) presentations and worksheets; and c) assessments.
Hobbs, S. R., & Dalrymple, O. O., & Jordan, S. S. (2014, June), Curriculum Exchange: Teaching Energy Concepts using Chain Reaction Machines Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20240
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