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Activity 2: Team Machine
Activity 3: Water Wedges
Activity 4: Levers at Play
Activity 5: Low-tech Water Filter for High-impact Clean
Activity 6: Wind Turbine Tech Challenge
For families or groups of children
Ages 5-13
Social!
Additional activities listed as extensions
Activity 1: Design a Park
Playful Building
Plan
Activity 1: Design a Park
Play
Activity 2: Team Machine
Activity 3: Water Wedges
Activity 4: Levers at Play
Power and Protect
Activity 5: Low-tech Water Filter for High-impact Clean
Activity 6: Wind Turbine Tech Challenge
Engineers work to
solve the basic
challenges of life —
including having fun!
Engineers use
technology —
including everyday
materials — to help
us enjoy our world.
Children, like
engineers, can
build things using
a creative
process of
thinking, building,
testing…and
doing it again!
Plan
Activity 1: Design a Park
Play
Activity 2: Team Machine
Activity 3: Water Wedges
Activity 4: Levers at Play
Power and Protect
Activity 5: Low-tech Water Filter for High-impact Clean
Activity 6: Wind Turbine Tech Challenge
Be Creative…Be an Engineer!
Implementation Options
• One or more longer events
• Patrons sample multiple activities
• Example: Offer activities 2-4 as a
“Playground of Machines”
• Train teens or undergraduate engineering
students to facilitate stations
Implementation Options
• Facilitator-led
• Offer each activity as a separate event
• Patrons may fully explore the engineering
design process
Activity 1:
DESIGN A PARK
Plan the Park of Your
Dreams!
THINK
Place different park features on the
grid to create a map of your park!
• 10 or fewer park features OR keep your total under 250
points
• Everything must fit on the grid!
• Your park must include restrooms.
• Use yarn to represent trails or bike paths. Give visitors a way
to get to each of your park’s features.
• Add beads along the paths — these represent lights.
Talk
Draw
Write
Explore
Costs
0 Restrooms and drinking
fountains
0 Stream
-30 Boat Rental Shop, Boat
Slip, and Pond10 Pond
15 Ball Courts (such as for
basketball or tennis)
-30 Wetland
-85 Open space
15 Dog Park -300 Ice Cream Shop
20 Water Playground -400 Wind Turbine
Generating Electricity30 Swimming Pool
30 Stream and Footbridge
50 Community Garden
75 Picnic Area
150 Playground
215 Skate Park
250 Baseball Diamond
200 Parking Lot
Savings
Activity 2:
TEAM MACHINE
Establish a pattern
1. Form a circle.
2. Say your name.
3. Toss the beanbag to someone across from you
(not next to you). Remember that person’s name.
4. Keep going until each person has caught the beanbag.
Keep the same order as you try to go even
faster!
The faster,
the better!
THINK
How can you decrease your time?
Talk
Draw
Write
BUILD, TEST, and DO IT AGAIN!
1. Pass the beanbag around the circle again — as quickly as
possible!
2. Say the name of the person who will catch the beanbag each
time you pass it.
3. Try to “beat” your shortest recorded time
Explore
Hints:
You may move around. You may stand or sit.
Playful Building:
Team Machine
• Inclined planes make it
easier to move something up
or down.
• An object can be
- lifted straight up (shorter
distance)
- or it can be pushed diagonally
up an inclined plane (uses
less energy)
• .
• Inclined planes make it
easier to move something up
or down.
• An object can be
- lifted straight up (shorter
distance)
- or it can be pushed diagonally
up an inclined plane (uses
less energy)
• A screw is a type of inclined
plane that has been
wrapped into a spiral shape.
Playful Building:
Team Machine
Activity 3:
WATER WEDGES
This kayak is an example of
a boat that has a wedge-
shaped bow.
This paddleboat has
a squared front
edge.
• Activity:
– Fold an origami boat
– Design your own raft
BUILD
TEST
A raft pushes water along
in front of itself.
A boat with a bow slices through the
water, allowing the boat to move
forward more easily.
Activity 4:
LEVERS AT PLAY
Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute
Your Seesaw Design
THINK and BUILD
1. Pick the materials you think would be best for
building a seesaw.
2. Together, plan how you will use the materials to
build the seesaw.
BUILD and TEST
3. Follow your plan to create your model seesaw.
Talk
Draw
Write
DO IT AGAIN!
Modify your design — but change only one thing at a time!
Explore
Activity 5:
LOW-TECH WATER
FILTER FOR HIGH-
IMPACT CLEAN
• Many parks face the challenge of getting clean
water or keeping water clean
• Contaminates:
– Leaves and twigs and sediment get into the water
– Algae and bacteria live in the water
– Pesticides and other substances run off from the land and into the
water
Playful Building: Water Filter
• Offers an engineering challenge to the children in
your programs:
How do I create a way to clean my park’s water?
• Uses the Engineering Design Process
Playful Building: Water Filter
• Think:
– What materials will work best to
clean the water?
– Which will work best for twigs
and leaves?
– Finer sediment?
– Pesticides?
Playful Building: Water Filter
• Demonstration filter
• What will happen to dirty
water as it passes through?
• As we wait, let’s experiment!
Playful Building: Water Filter
• Activity:
– Use common materials to design a
water filtration device to supply the
park / water feature with clean water
– 15 to 30 minutes; longer for children
who like to experiment
– Plastic water/soda bottles, variety of
filtration materials, access to water
– Can get a little messy!
–Don’t drink the water!
Playful Building: Water Filter
• Procedure:
– Build a water filter
– Test:
• 1 material at a time
• What happened?
– Do It Again: Think about what you
observed, test another material and
repeat the process
Playful Building: Water Filter
Playful Building: Water Filter
• Next, think about what
combination of materials – in
what order – will provide the
best filter
• Build
• Test
Playful Building: Water Filter
• Compare!
• Which combination and in
what order worked best?
• Can you get the water
cleaner?
• Can you filter the water
faster?
• Do It Again!
Some people in Bangladesh use
cloth to clean their water…
Credit: National Science Foundation
…to take out small creatures in the
water that help spread disease
Credit: National Science Foundation
Students help clean water
in Nepal
Credit: Engineers without Borders
Activity 6:
WIND TURBINE
TECH CHALLENGE
Blades
Tower
Horizontal Axis
Wind Turbine
Credit: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives,
via Wikimedia Commons
There are two different types
of wind turbines…
Blades
Tower
Vertical Axis
Wind Turbine
Credit: Lynne Kirton [CC-BY-SA-2.0
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
• Activity:
– Use common materials to design a
wind turbine to supply the park with
electricity
– 15 to 30 minutes; longer for children
who like to experiment
– Soda straws, Post-It note pads, play-
doh, toothpicks
Playful Building: Wind Turbine
Build your own wind turbine!
BUILD and TEST
1. Push the four toothpicks into the putty so that they
stand upright. Keep them close together.
2. Put a small scrap of paper at the bottom of the
toothpicks. This will keep the straw from sticking!
3. Stick the Post-it notes to one
end of the straw. Make sure
they don’t cover each other!
4. Slide the straw over the toothpicks.
5. Use a second straw to gently blow across the blades.
Make it even better!
THINK, BUILD, and TEST
• Which different material could you try using?
• What else can you try changing?
• The angle of the blades?
• The size of the blades?
• The shape of the blades?
• Could the blades be more curved (cupped)?
Less curved?
Talk
Draw
Write
Explore
DO IT AGAIN!
Modify your design — but change
only one thing at a time!
• Next, think about what type
of materials will create the
best wind turbine
• Build
• Test
Playful Building: Wind Turbine
• Activity:
– Use common materials to design a wind
turbine to supply the park with
electricity
– 15 to 30 minutes; longer for children
who like to experiment
– Soda straws, Post-It note pads, Play-doh,
toothpicks
OR
– Paper towel tube, corrugated cardboard,
tape
Playful Building: Wind Turbine
• Compare!
• Which size/shape and/or
material worked best?
• Can you get the blades to
spin faster?
• Do It Again!
Playful Building: Wind Turbine
Plan
Activity 1: Design a Park
Play
Activity 2: Team Machine
Activity 3: Water Wedges
Activity 4: Levers at Play
Power and Protect
Activity 5: Low-tech Water Filter for High-impact Clean
Activity 6: Wind Turbine Tech Challenge
Other Ideas…
www.eweek.org
• Introduce a Girl to Engineering
• Discover Engineering Family Day
• Future City Competition (Sept. – Feb.)
http://aspire.swe.org
Society of Women Engineers K-12 outreach program
http://www.asceville.org/
Download 100+ activities. Find an ASCE Branch near you!

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Playful Building Presentation

  • 1.
  • 2. Activity 2: Team Machine Activity 3: Water Wedges Activity 4: Levers at Play Activity 5: Low-tech Water Filter for High-impact Clean Activity 6: Wind Turbine Tech Challenge For families or groups of children Ages 5-13 Social! Additional activities listed as extensions Activity 1: Design a Park Playful Building
  • 3. Plan Activity 1: Design a Park Play Activity 2: Team Machine Activity 3: Water Wedges Activity 4: Levers at Play Power and Protect Activity 5: Low-tech Water Filter for High-impact Clean Activity 6: Wind Turbine Tech Challenge
  • 4. Engineers work to solve the basic challenges of life — including having fun! Engineers use technology — including everyday materials — to help us enjoy our world. Children, like engineers, can build things using a creative process of thinking, building, testing…and doing it again! Plan Activity 1: Design a Park Play Activity 2: Team Machine Activity 3: Water Wedges Activity 4: Levers at Play Power and Protect Activity 5: Low-tech Water Filter for High-impact Clean Activity 6: Wind Turbine Tech Challenge
  • 6. Implementation Options • One or more longer events • Patrons sample multiple activities • Example: Offer activities 2-4 as a “Playground of Machines” • Train teens or undergraduate engineering students to facilitate stations
  • 7. Implementation Options • Facilitator-led • Offer each activity as a separate event • Patrons may fully explore the engineering design process
  • 9. Plan the Park of Your Dreams! THINK Place different park features on the grid to create a map of your park! • 10 or fewer park features OR keep your total under 250 points • Everything must fit on the grid! • Your park must include restrooms. • Use yarn to represent trails or bike paths. Give visitors a way to get to each of your park’s features. • Add beads along the paths — these represent lights. Talk Draw Write Explore
  • 10. Costs 0 Restrooms and drinking fountains 0 Stream -30 Boat Rental Shop, Boat Slip, and Pond10 Pond 15 Ball Courts (such as for basketball or tennis) -30 Wetland -85 Open space 15 Dog Park -300 Ice Cream Shop 20 Water Playground -400 Wind Turbine Generating Electricity30 Swimming Pool 30 Stream and Footbridge 50 Community Garden 75 Picnic Area 150 Playground 215 Skate Park 250 Baseball Diamond 200 Parking Lot Savings
  • 12. Establish a pattern 1. Form a circle. 2. Say your name. 3. Toss the beanbag to someone across from you (not next to you). Remember that person’s name. 4. Keep going until each person has caught the beanbag. Keep the same order as you try to go even faster!
  • 13. The faster, the better! THINK How can you decrease your time? Talk Draw Write BUILD, TEST, and DO IT AGAIN! 1. Pass the beanbag around the circle again — as quickly as possible! 2. Say the name of the person who will catch the beanbag each time you pass it. 3. Try to “beat” your shortest recorded time Explore Hints: You may move around. You may stand or sit.
  • 14. Playful Building: Team Machine • Inclined planes make it easier to move something up or down. • An object can be - lifted straight up (shorter distance) - or it can be pushed diagonally up an inclined plane (uses less energy) • .
  • 15. • Inclined planes make it easier to move something up or down. • An object can be - lifted straight up (shorter distance) - or it can be pushed diagonally up an inclined plane (uses less energy) • A screw is a type of inclined plane that has been wrapped into a spiral shape. Playful Building: Team Machine
  • 17.
  • 18. This kayak is an example of a boat that has a wedge- shaped bow. This paddleboat has a squared front edge.
  • 19. • Activity: – Fold an origami boat – Design your own raft BUILD
  • 20. TEST A raft pushes water along in front of itself. A boat with a bow slices through the water, allowing the boat to move forward more easily.
  • 22. Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • 23. Your Seesaw Design THINK and BUILD 1. Pick the materials you think would be best for building a seesaw. 2. Together, plan how you will use the materials to build the seesaw. BUILD and TEST 3. Follow your plan to create your model seesaw. Talk Draw Write DO IT AGAIN! Modify your design — but change only one thing at a time! Explore
  • 24. Activity 5: LOW-TECH WATER FILTER FOR HIGH- IMPACT CLEAN
  • 25. • Many parks face the challenge of getting clean water or keeping water clean • Contaminates: – Leaves and twigs and sediment get into the water – Algae and bacteria live in the water – Pesticides and other substances run off from the land and into the water Playful Building: Water Filter
  • 26. • Offers an engineering challenge to the children in your programs: How do I create a way to clean my park’s water? • Uses the Engineering Design Process Playful Building: Water Filter
  • 27. • Think: – What materials will work best to clean the water? – Which will work best for twigs and leaves? – Finer sediment? – Pesticides? Playful Building: Water Filter
  • 28. • Demonstration filter • What will happen to dirty water as it passes through? • As we wait, let’s experiment! Playful Building: Water Filter
  • 29. • Activity: – Use common materials to design a water filtration device to supply the park / water feature with clean water – 15 to 30 minutes; longer for children who like to experiment – Plastic water/soda bottles, variety of filtration materials, access to water – Can get a little messy! –Don’t drink the water! Playful Building: Water Filter
  • 30. • Procedure: – Build a water filter – Test: • 1 material at a time • What happened? – Do It Again: Think about what you observed, test another material and repeat the process Playful Building: Water Filter
  • 31. Playful Building: Water Filter • Next, think about what combination of materials – in what order – will provide the best filter • Build • Test
  • 32. Playful Building: Water Filter • Compare! • Which combination and in what order worked best? • Can you get the water cleaner? • Can you filter the water faster? • Do It Again!
  • 33. Some people in Bangladesh use cloth to clean their water… Credit: National Science Foundation
  • 34. …to take out small creatures in the water that help spread disease Credit: National Science Foundation
  • 35. Students help clean water in Nepal Credit: Engineers without Borders
  • 37. Blades Tower Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Credit: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives, via Wikimedia Commons There are two different types of wind turbines…
  • 38. Blades Tower Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Credit: Lynne Kirton [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 39. • Activity: – Use common materials to design a wind turbine to supply the park with electricity – 15 to 30 minutes; longer for children who like to experiment – Soda straws, Post-It note pads, play- doh, toothpicks Playful Building: Wind Turbine
  • 40. Build your own wind turbine! BUILD and TEST 1. Push the four toothpicks into the putty so that they stand upright. Keep them close together. 2. Put a small scrap of paper at the bottom of the toothpicks. This will keep the straw from sticking! 3. Stick the Post-it notes to one end of the straw. Make sure they don’t cover each other! 4. Slide the straw over the toothpicks. 5. Use a second straw to gently blow across the blades.
  • 41. Make it even better! THINK, BUILD, and TEST • Which different material could you try using? • What else can you try changing? • The angle of the blades? • The size of the blades? • The shape of the blades? • Could the blades be more curved (cupped)? Less curved? Talk Draw Write Explore DO IT AGAIN! Modify your design — but change only one thing at a time!
  • 42. • Next, think about what type of materials will create the best wind turbine • Build • Test Playful Building: Wind Turbine
  • 43. • Activity: – Use common materials to design a wind turbine to supply the park with electricity – 15 to 30 minutes; longer for children who like to experiment – Soda straws, Post-It note pads, Play-doh, toothpicks OR – Paper towel tube, corrugated cardboard, tape Playful Building: Wind Turbine
  • 44. • Compare! • Which size/shape and/or material worked best? • Can you get the blades to spin faster? • Do It Again! Playful Building: Wind Turbine
  • 45. Plan Activity 1: Design a Park Play Activity 2: Team Machine Activity 3: Water Wedges Activity 4: Levers at Play Power and Protect Activity 5: Low-tech Water Filter for High-impact Clean Activity 6: Wind Turbine Tech Challenge
  • 46. Other Ideas… www.eweek.org • Introduce a Girl to Engineering • Discover Engineering Family Day • Future City Competition (Sept. – Feb.) http://aspire.swe.org Society of Women Engineers K-12 outreach program http://www.asceville.org/ Download 100+ activities. Find an ASCE Branch near you!