Engineering For Good

Engineering For Good


Engineering for Good is a three-week, project-based learning unit for middle school science classrooms focused on developing solutions for negative impacts of plastics on the environment.

In this NGSS-aligned unit, students use the engineering design process to define a problem, brainstorm solutions, develop prototypes and iterate on their designs. The project culminates with students producing videos about their solutions to share with the community.

Teachers will be supported in their participation through the KQED Teach professional learning platform, which will provide them with specific, personal instruction on how to create their own new media artifacts.

  • Engineering Design Process Illustration | Engineering for Good

    Explore the engineering design process with this illustration. This illustration is part of the Engineering for Good unit. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Introduction to the Engineering Design Process | Engineering for Good

    What are the steps of the engineering design process? Students will compare the process they use during an in-class challenge to the steps of the engineering design process. This is lesson 1 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Investigate the Plastic Problem | Engineering for Good

    In this lesson, students will create an infographic based on what they learn about how we use plastics and how they impact our environment. This lesson is lesson 2 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Define the Plastic Problem | Engineering for Good

    What is the specific problem, related to the impact of plastics on the environment, that you will be solving? Students will define and refine the problem--related to effects of plastic on the environment--that they investigated when making their infographics. This is lesson 3 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Identify Criteria and Constraints | Engineering for Good

    Students will identify the criteria and constraints of the solution for their design problem by considering scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the environment. Criteria are things the design needs to do in order to be successful--its requirements. Constraints are limitations on the design. This is lesson 4 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

     

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Brainstorm and Evaluate Solutions | Engineering for Good

    What is the best solution for your problem, based on your criteria and constraints? Students will brainstorm possible solutions for their plastic problem and select the most promising one.This is lesson 5 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Prototype the Solution | Engineering for Good

    How can you design a model to test or get feedback on your solution? Students will develop a prototype of their solution. This lesson is lesson 6 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Test and Evaluate the Prototype | Engineering for Good

    How can you test your prototype? How can your prototype be improved? Students will describe how they would test their prototypes and what type of data they would be generating from their tests. Students will give feedback on other student groups’ designs. This is lesson 7 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Iterate to Improve the Prototype | Engineering for Good

    What changes will you make to your prototype to improve it? Students will iterate and improve their design. This is lesson 8 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Communicate the Solution | Engineering for Good

    How will you tell your community about your solution? Students will plan, write and produce a one-minute video or digital story or narrated slideshow to communicate their solution. Students will participate in peer feedback. This is lesson 9 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Share and Reflect | Engineering for Good

    What did students learn about the engineering design process? In this lesson, students will publish a one-minute video of their engineering solution and they will participate in self-evaluation. This is lesson 10 of 10 in Engineering for Good, a NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit.

    KQED Teach is here to support you in doing these projects with your students. We encourage you to take or review our self-paced courses, Making Infographics and Video Storytelling Essentials, prior to beginning this unit if you are not already regularly integrating media projects into your classroom. Sign up is required (and free) to access courses.

    Grades: 5-9,13+
  • Do Now Activity: How Much Plastic Do You Use In a Day?

    How many different plastic items do you use in a day? How many of these are disposable or single-use? How do you think our reliance on plastic affects the Earth? #DoNowPlastic

    Grades: 6-13+
  • The Reality of Plastic | Engineering for Good

    Plastic. It's super useful but it's also a big problem for the environment. Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the earth four times! The main issue is that plastic doesn't break down, meaning it sticks around for a very long time. This video gives a quick overview of the scope of the plastic problem and what some people are doing to try to solve it.

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Engineering Design Process: A Taco Party

    When engineers set out to solve a real world problem, they go through an engineering design process-- in much the same way you would throw an impromptu taco party. In this animated video, learn the engineering design process. This video is part of the Engineering for Good Unit. 

    Grades: 6-8,13+

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