The Teaching Channel

The Edible Car Contest

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Start your engines and join 7th grade science teacher Beth Manning as her students compete in an edible car contest. See the decision-making skills and creativity needed for students to work in teams designing their cars, testing them, and then finally competing in the big race.

Brain Safety Design Challenge

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In this video from the Teaching Channel, 6th grade science teacher Channa Comer introduces her students to the engineering design process. Using eggs as model heads, students design and test football helmets to prevent injury to the "brains." Students then apply their neuroscience knowledge to the design process by analyzing the "injuries" and what the real-life medical outcomes would be.

The Heat Loss Project

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In this project-based learning activity, 6th grade science students use digital technologies to measure heat loss in the home. Teacher Lawrence Perretto explains the engineering skills students acquire as well as the larger implications the project has for teaching students about environmental conservation.

Roller Coaster Physics

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In this Teaching Channel video, 5th and 6th grade STEM teacher Donna Migdol brings math and science to life with a design challenge that introduces students to the concepts of budgeting and safety testing. Students learn about potential and kinetic energy and about Newton's Laws of Motion as they troubleshoot their way through designing a roller coaster.

The Catapult Project

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Join 7th grade integrated science and math teacher Zara Acosta as she leads her students through a 6-week catapult design project. Students learn about the laws of motion and forces, probability, and engineering design, and then apply these principles to design their own catapult. Multiple firings of the catapult the project give students practice with data analysis, with the goal of improving the catapult's accuracy.

Bungee Jump

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In this video from the Teaching Channel, Patrick Roda teaches his 8th grade math class about the line of best fit. Students are taught multiple ways of calculating the line of best fit, and are then able to apply their calculations to a Barbie doll bungee jump experiment. After performing the experiment, Roda discusses the importance of evaluating the results with students and the value of letting the students choose their method of calculation.