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There’s No Place Like Home: Designing Tornado-proof Structures (Resource Exchange)

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

PCEE Resource Exchange

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Abeera P. Rehmat Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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A Post-doctoral Research Associate at Purdue University.

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Marissa Christina Owens University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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A STEM integrated problem-based activity was developed for third grade students. This activity addressed the NGSS Standards, the Common Core Mathematics Standards and Computer and Technology Standards. The problem scenario engaged third grade students in a six-week challenge to design a tornado proof structure. Students worked in teams of four to engage in the engineering design process as they learned about weather, climate, and various hazards associated with weather. They applied their learned knowledge and the engineering design process to design a prototype of a tornado proof structure. This structure was tested using a leaf blower and bucket of water. Students had access to computers, books about weather and climate, climate data, and building materials. Throughout the duration of the lesson formative assessments, such as, observations, discussions, and daily reflections took place. In addition, a summative assessment which consisted of a presentation was required of each student team.

Rehmat, A. P., & Owens, M. C. (2018, June), There’s No Place Like Home: Designing Tornado-proof Structures (Resource Exchange) Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31139

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