Sustainable Cities Lab
|Duration: 45 minutes
Available Times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m.
*Start and end times may be flexible. Please speak to the Group Reservations specialist when booking.
|Concepts/Skills: City planning, sustainability, trade-offs, trial and error experimentation
Student engineers work in teams to design and test their own approach to creating a sustainable city.
Design a robust learning experience by selecting resources from this guide that fit the needs of your students. Reinforce learning before, after and even during your visit by diving deeper into some of the science and engineering concepts.
Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.
Connecting with Climate
Explore how to problem-solve when approaching large-scale, multidimensional issues like climate change.
Lesson: 90 minutes
Play a game that shows the complicated cause and effect relationship involved in major environmental decisions.
Activity: 20+ minutes
Make connections between learning from the lab and the exhibits and programs found in The Tech Interactive’s galleries. For more exhibit connections, see the Lab Guide above.
Balance of Power
Students will play an electrical grid simulation game to juggle power generation and consumption. They will be tasked with shifting from consumer to producer and convert an antiquated grid to a smart grid.
At this story-sharing exhibit about the impacts of climate change, students will see and hear stories from real people in the Bay Area. Students will see how communities nearby are being impacted and how everyday people are addressing it.
Sea Level Rise and Sea Level Rise Future Solutions
At this pair of exhibits, students will get an in-depth look at future sea level rise and how it will impact different areas around the world. They will then become the engineers as they imagine and draw ways to help protect areas from sea level rise.