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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
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Pre-College Engineering Education
This lesson was developed by Krista Schumacher, an undergraduate student, for a final project at the University of St. Thomas for a class titled “Engineering in the PK12 Classroom.” Inspiration for this lesson comes from the book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, the book 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women by Betsy Teutsch, and the website Ecobricks.org by the Global Ecobrick Alliance. This lesson plan was initially developed for use in a sixth grade classroom, in which case it would take approximately a week; however, this lesson can easily be modified to accommodate other age ranges, either elementary or middle school. During this lesson, students will be challenged to pick an Ecobricks community partner and, looking at their mission, create a building or tool out of Ecobricks. An Ecobrick is a sustainable building resource which is made from recycled plastic bottles filled with other clean and dry plastic waste. Each Ecobrick is set to the same density. Students will need to determine a community need and design and create a smaller-scale example of their solution. While they are working through the engineering design process, students will need to keep in mind who they are designing for. Once completed, students will present their projects in an engineering exhibit and evaluate each other’s solutions. One goal of this lesson is that students will be able to use their knowledge of engineering to understand the role that empathy plays in the engineering field. Additionally, students will develop a more in-depth understanding of Ecobricks, which offer a sustainable solution to a variety of problems. Finally, students will be encouraged to collaborate with peers and community members during the engineering exhibit to both give and receive constructive feedback on their designs.
Schumacher, K. (2020, June), Rosie Revere, Engineer Ecobrick Challenge, Student-Developed Lesson Plan (Resource Exchange) Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35170
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