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Engineering is Everywhere: Learning and Solving Problems with Design Process Models (At Your School)

Ongoing | Ages 9-14 | $450/class (up to 30 students); $375 for add'l classes

Statewide

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The Engineering is Everywhere STEM Workshop blends science and engineering practices with hands-on inquiry, cutting-edge technology and 21st century materials. Grounded in Colorado Content Standards for the 4th-8th grade and the Next Generation Science Standards, this workshop uses the engineering design process as an integrating theme for STEM learning in earth, life and physical science in three engaging modules:

Photo-Origami: Energy, Design and Change 

Inspired by the Photo Origami project at CU’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, this module uses design opportunities to help learners develop understandings of electromagnetic energy, change in physical systems, and the relationships between scientific and engineering inquiry practices. Using these practices, teams will explore the nature of photo-active polymers and conduct a series of experiments to discover how and why they work. Using this new knowledge and their visual/spatial skills, learners will design, build, test and refine a model of light-activated, self-assembling structures.

Key Concepts: Electromagnetic Energy, Energy Transformations, Absorption, Physical Change, Design, Engineering and Science Inquiry Processes, Polymers and Conservation of Mass

Bioengineering and Biodesign

 

Many of today’s most pressing problems require engineers who have a solid foundation in life sciences and the engineering process. This module immerses participants in two projects that address design challenges and solutions to biomedical and environmental issues. Learners will design custom bacteria while exploring genetic engineering and the relationships between organisms, their environments and bioremediation. Teams will design solutions to a common biomedical problem while learning about human body systems, biomedical research at CU and the application of nanotechnology

Key Concepts: Genes, Traits, Genetic Engineering, Cell Structures, Adaptation, Environments, The Digestive Systems, Nanotechnology, Measuring and Fractions

21st Century Materials 

Can you paint a circuit on your desk? Can you print a
prototype or new toy? Designed to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and STEM professionals, this station-based module provides learners with the opportunity to explore the materials of the future in a fun and hands-on way! Learners will experiment with conductive paints, fabrics, materials and circuits; play with shape-memory polymers and thermoplastics; design and build mechanical systems with memory metal alloys; and see 3-D printing in action.

Key Concepts: Plastics, Materials Science, Conduction, Circuits, Thermal Energy, Design, Nanotechnology, Atoms and Molecules, Atomic Structure and Alloys

 

Logistics:

  • STEM Workshops can accommodate one or up to three full classes (90 students).
  • The CU Science Discovery team will arrive at your school the evening before, or early the morning of programs to set up an extensive set of teaching materials
  • The workshop can run in a single, or multiple classrooms
  • Ideally, two and three-class workshops will have access to an auditorium or multipurpose room for a group introduction and wrap-up activities
  • Programming can accommodate full-day and period-based schedules with three 45-75 minute classes
  • Sample Schedule (75-minute classes):
    • 9-9:30am: Introduction
    • 9:45-11am: Class One
    • 11-11:45am: Lunch
    • 11:45am-1pm: Class Two
    • 1-1:15pm: Break
    • 1:15-2:30pm: Class Three
    • 2:30-3pm: Wrap-Up

For additional information or to begin planning your CU Science Discovery program, please contact Hester Nadel via email or by calling 303.492.8640.