Engineering is all about problem-solving. Our lessons and activities challenge learners to brainstorm creative, bold and empathetic solutions to real-world problems.
Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.
Next Generation Science Standards Engineering Progression Summarized
Chart of the grade-level standards that engineering design challenges meet.
Engineering Education Principles
Key principles for teaching engineering through design challenge learning in any setting.
Career Aspirations: MicroByre
Use this video and prompt to spark engagement: What would you like to be when you grow up?
Iteration: Strawcture Eco
Use this video and prompt to spark engagement: Think of a time that you had an idea that didn't work the first time. How did you make it better?
Teams brainstorm and conceptualize a device that expands.
Lesson: 60 minutes
On Your Mark, Get Set, Roll
Students will explore how to create triggers by building a device that releases a ball when activated. Their design will need to include a trigger that can be activated from three or more feet away from the device.
Lesson: 60 min
Work in teams to build structures that can withstand a natural hazard. Visit three “islands” (stations) and build a structure with only two or three materials.
Lesson: 60 minutes
Tech for Tomorrow Virtual Field Trip
This career-focused virtual field trip takes your students on a road trip through Silicon Valley to meet some of the region’s smartest and most innovative tech experts. Viewers get a sneak peek inside some real-life medical labs, workshops and makerspaces and hear advice about how they can follow their passions to work in tech, too!
Along the way, they’ll get to experience some of our favorite exhibits and make the connection between what we do here and the exciting work of tech engineers and entrepreneurs.
Video: 30 min
Pre and Post activities: 90 min