Next Generation Science

Re-Mix, Brand A-peal: Custom Vinyl Logos Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Logos are symbols that visually represent an idea, organization, or individual. Over the course of three remote learning classes (hours), students will design and apply a vinyl decal onto a…

October 1, 2018
Customizing 3D Printed Fingertips

This lesson will take body systems interactions to the next level! To start students create a model of their skeletal, muscular and skin systems working together using common craft supplies…

October 1, 2018
Customized Board Game Pieces

Imagine if you could design your very own game piece for your favorite game like Candyland, Monopoly or Mancala! In this lesson students will customize a small game board piece,…

October 1, 2018
Element Cereal Box Project

Apply knowledge of chemistry concepts learned in class and information collected from the internet and books to create an element cereal box that highlights a specific element from the periodic…

October 1, 2018
Adapt A Bird

Students will use their problem solving skills and a vinyl cutter to help combat a neighborhood problem. Over the course of four class periods (3 hours in total) students will use…

October 1, 2018
Make A Sundial

Students will use fab lab tools to create a custom sundial for their area and learn how to mark it with important yearly events.

October 1, 2018
FABRIC SENSOR: TILT SENSOR

In this lesson we will create a fabric pressure sensor. A pressure sensor is a circuit that can display our orientation by visual representation. Using a metal bead and “hot…

October 1, 2018
FABRIC SENSOR: BEND SENSOR

WHAT IS A BEND SENSOR In this lesson we will create a fabric bend sensor. A bend sensor is a circuit created when a piece of resistive fabric is sandwiched between…

October 1, 2018
FABRIC SENSOR: PRESSURE SENSOR

WHAT IS A PRESSURE SENSOR In this lesson we will create a fabric pressure sensor. A pressure sensor is a circuit created when a piece of resistive fabric is sandwiched between…

October 1, 2018
Unplugged: Make and Animate- The Thaumatrope

Makers create Thaumatropes with low tech methods and materials. Suitable for fab lab projects from home.

October 1, 2018
Testing Insulation

This lesson will cover a method for testing the insulation properties of a given material using water. It discusses how to use a control to compare the properties of the…

October 1, 2018
Unplugged: Design a Biomechanical Cyborg

This activity is a perfect blend of science and creativity as students work with their partner(s) to create their version of a cyborg appendage (or device). This part must mimic the workings…

October 1, 2018
Continental Drift: Fabricating a World of the Past, Present, and Future

This lesson integrates digital fabrication into an 8th grade Earth and Space Science unit on plate tectonics. Using a vinyl cutter, teachers will guide students to create continental and landmass…

October 1, 2018
Unplugged: Cardboard Container

Students are introduced to the Engineering Design Process by creating a cardboard container to hold the contents of their pocket. In this rapid prototyping activity, each step of the EDP…

October 1, 2018
Unplugged: Makers Making Good- Stopping the Spread

Designed for distance learning, home schooling, and maker machine independent learning. Using household materials, students prototype devices to help stop the spread of infectious diseases.

October 1, 2018
Ring Ceremony: Custom 3D Print Rings

Rings are customizable, simple objects to 3D print. Over the course of five classes (hours), students will design and print rings to wear and share with classmates. This lesson uses…

October 1, 2018
Designing PancakeBot 3D Printed Extensions

Hacking machines to either improve, or change the original purpose of the machine can be rewarding and gives the user control over their machine as well as what they can…

October 1, 2018
Brand A-peal: Custom Vinyl Logos

Logos are symbols that visually represent an idea, organization, or individual. Over the course of three classes (hours), students will design and apply a vinyl decal onto athletic clothing using…

October 1, 2018
Biomedical Engineer - Middle School Remix

This lesson reflects on “Everyday in the life of a Biomedical Engineer” What does a Biomedical Engineer do? Biomedical Engineer Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists,…

October 1, 2018
Waving droid

In this lesson students are going to learn about basic electronics and basic programming and apply the received knowledge in making the waving droid project following the engineering design process…

October 1, 2018
Make your Fan Smart

In this Workshop students will learn how to make Automatic Fan ON & Off by detecting Temp. by using Arduino, Relay, Temp. Sensor. Students will learn what is Arduino, Inputs…

October 1, 2018
Water Dispenser

In this Workshop students will learn how to make Water Dispenser to avoid water wastage. Learning objectives are –     To motivate students for group discussion –     To think on water scarcity problems…

October 1, 2018
Smart Dustbin

Smart Dustbin means when we go in front of dustbin it get open automatically due to use of Ultrasonic Sensor, Servo Motor & Arduino. In this Workshop students learn how…

October 1, 2018
Portable Mobile Charger.

In this workshop students will learn to make a Solar based Portable Mobile charger. Students learn about Solar Energy creating their own Solar based Portable Mobile charger. Students will study the…

October 1, 2018
Fab Lab Mini Siege Engines

In this project you will be working in small teams to create a device capable of throwing a ping pong ball.   The device must be made with (and only…

October 1, 2018
Adapt or Die

Students will simulate the evolution of a fictional bird species, the Bartulina, as it adapts from a rather sedentary land based bird to a far-soaring fierce hunter of aquatic life.…

October 1, 2018
Open Source Resources for Teaching Synthetic Biology in Low-Resource Settings

Despite the wealth of teaching resources available on the internet, there is a lack of good quality resources for teaching synthetic biology concepts in low resource settings. At the same…

October 1, 2018
Solar Cap

In this workshop students will learn to make a solar cap. Students learn about Solar Energy creating their own solar cap. Students will study the solar energy, solar Panel & use…

October 1, 2018
Solar based PVC lamp

In this workshop students will learn to make a Solar based PVC Pipe table lamp. Students learn about Solar Energy creating their own Solar based Pipe table lamp. Students will study…

October 1, 2018
Virtual Reality Welding Simulation

In a Welding/ Manufacturing Class Students will enter the class and review safety protocol with welding tools. Students will be given their objective, “Virtually build a frame for a four-wheeled…

October 1, 2018
Prosthetic Hand

Objectives and /or Goals Develop a Prosthetic Arm and Hand using common materials and 3D printing. Students will explore design, construction, teamwork, and materials selection and use. Groups will follow…

October 1, 2018
Design and Build an Alaskan Cabin

Lesson Summary: Level : Grades 5 -12 (Modifications could be implemented for younger students with design materials being cardboard and not a computer designed model.)   This book can also…

October 1, 2018
An Assistive Artistic Device

Disabilities appear in many forms. Assistive devices help people with disabilities live a better life. In this project, students design and develop a useful assistive device for people challenged by…

October 1, 2018
3D Print a Team Logo

3D printing has revolutionized prototyping and manufacturing, and as the technology advances, access to these machines becomes increasingly available and more affordable. Students with knowledge of these systems are able…

October 1, 2018
Digitally Fabricated Pinball

The Pinball PBL will investigate the essential concepts underlying the principles conservation of energy by calculating and discussing potential and kinetic energy in their machine. Students will apply creativity and…

October 1, 2018
Fragrance Synthesis and Entrepreneurship - Digital Fabrication Mini-PBL

In this Mini-PBL students will take on the role of entrepreneurs in research and developmental chemistry with the goal of synthesizing and promoting their own perfumes and colognes. Students will…

October 1, 2018
Mini LED Flashlight

Students will design and fabricate their very own mini LED flashlights! Students will create a case that fits all of the internal components of the flashlight. This can be done using…

October 1, 2018
REMIX: MP3 SPEAKER + MENTAL HEALTH

Students will be given an amplifier/speaker kit to assemble and solder. Students will also create a casing for this circuit system. This can be achieved by using the step-by-step tutorial…

October 1, 2018
Popsicle Flashlights - Simple Circuits with a Switch

Learn about electricity and build a simple circuit with a switch using some very simple materials.

October 1, 2018
Sea Floor Bathymetry

Students will demonstrate understanding of various sea floor features, create a digital and physical model of a sea floor, and then practice mapping the sea floor (bathymetry) using dowel rods…

October 1, 2018
Set the (VR) Screen: Wearable Device Designer

Students are challenged over the course of five (5) lessons to develop a cardboard virtual reality headset. Working as a “company” or in groups, learners will fulfill job specific tasks…

October 1, 2018
Soap-Making

Soap Making encourages educators to explore thermodynamics. Using a DIY vacuum mold machine, students will create a mold before adding scent and color to their soap to cast a mold.…

October 1, 2018
Learn CAD Design with Light Play

We use the Exploritorium’s light play activity to explore light and learn how to design and cut objects on the laser cutter. The laser-cutter is a versatile tool used throughout…

October 1, 2018
Under the Lights: Wearable Device Designer

Students are introduced to the Engineering Design Process through a rapid prototyping activity. Each step of the EDP will be addressed while creating a prototype device using craft materials. This…

October 1, 2018
Heating Up!: Wearable Device Designer

Students are challenged to both program an Arduino and engineer a circuit to measure a player’s temperature. In pairs, students will practice both computer and electrical engineering. Groups will simulate…

October 1, 2018
All Tied Up: Wearable Device Designer

Students are challenged to develop a wearable shoelace device. The device should both keep the wearer’s shoelaces tied and be easily removable. The lesson uses 2D vector design software and…

October 1, 2018
Pregame Warm-Up: Wearable Device Designer

Students are introduced to the Engineering Design Process through a rapid prototyping activity. Each step of the EDP will be addressed while creating a prototype device using craft materials. This…

October 1, 2018
Layers of the Earth with 3D printing

In this lesson students must complete calculations to create a model of the earth that is proportional to reality using Tinkercad.

October 1, 2018
PRIDE PIECES: EXPLORING SOCIAL IDENTITY, HISTORY, AND CULTURE

Students will create a neck piece based on symmetry, patterns, and colors seen in Black Panther as well as in traditional African art. They will learn how to simulate cultural…

October 1, 2018
Tinkercad & Chibi Chip Electronic Cards

This “Hour of Code” project is part of Computer Science Education Week from December 3 – 7 but the lesson can be done any time of the year. Students explore…

October 1, 2018
Wind Turbine STEM/Digital Fabrication Challenge

Enhance your subject area content and career connections by using digital fabrication to design and make blades for a wind turbine.

October 1, 2018
Fab Checker Boards

This unit involves student learning, practice, and reinforcement of multiple fabrication skills and tools to create personalized checker boards. The student will practice and develop skills surrounding 3D printing, laser…

October 1, 2018