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Arduino Heart Monitor Grades: 3-10

Biological Processes
Life Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
With less than $20 worth of parts, you can make a fully functioning heart monitor, complete with a OLED display, and, thankfully, no $30 Copay.

Bioelectricity and Frog Legs Grades: 3-10

Biological Processes
Life Sciences
What do potatoes and frog legs have to do with each other? Started by a debate between Luigi Galvani and Alessandro Volta in the 18th century, the creation of the first battery and the use of electricity to cause muscle movement, became two incredibly important breakthroughs in science.

Boba-making Unit Grades: K-12

Chemical Engineering
Structure and Properties of Matter
Make Boba, a flavor-filled and edible sphere, and discover how chemical reactions can change the shape of ingredients.

Chocolate Composites Grades: 2-8

Structure and Properties of Matter
Physical Science
Learn about how differently structured materials break apart in this deliciously educational experiment. May contain nuts.
Eat your way through a lesson about brittle and ductile fractures, designed by UD K-12 Engineering and Composite Materials students. It’s a new way to learn about how materials function in our world.

Codes and Ciphers Grades: 6-8

Lesson Plan, Powerpoint
Ant-way o-tay e-bay a py-say, learn different methods of cryptography. Morse code and steganography have been part of societies communications since the 19th century, and have been used to quickly send messages long distances for clandestine and mundane reasons.

Collision Events Grades: K-2 – Lesson Plan

Forces and Motion
Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Physical Science
Learn about Kinetic and Potential energy through the medium of crashes.
Using a ramp, cars and shaving cream, this unit helps students to explore potential energy in an accessible and fun way!

Converting Light to Energy Grades: 9-12

Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Physical Science
Compare the mechanisms of energy conversion in photosynthesis and solar cells and to investigate the photovoltaic properties of solar cells made from plant pigments/dyes. The focus of this unit is the nanocrystalline dye-sensitized cell, which is a newly developed renewable energy technology. The DSSC resembles photosynthesis in that it uses an organic dye like chlorophyll to absorb light and produce a flow of electrons. Like photosynthesis, a molecular process using a suspension of nanometer size materials enables the cyclic flow of electrons.

Cosplay, Magic Wands and Materials Science Grades: 3-8

Electromagnetism
Physical Science
Get your creative and electrical engineering skills ready to design a wand that not only looks good, but lights your way through basic circuitry concepts. Also, see how a thermoplastic can be used to quickly make structures. All materials included, with lesson plan.

Diaper Dissection Grades: 3-8

Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
Explore Chemical Engineering through diapers – if you dare. This unit includes concepts of bonding, scientific method and more.

Dremels MATERIALS ONLY Grades: 3 – up

These multi-purpose tools are available to supplement your classroom builds.

Elephant Toothpaste Grades: 2-8

Chemical Reactions
Physical Science
What do you get when you combine nail polish remover and yeast. Find out about chemical reactions and exothermic heat in this bubbly experiment.

Fresnel Lens

Physical Science
How can surface qualities affect the diffraction of light, and how did a 200 year old French invention change the future of illumination?

Frog Respirators Grades: 3-10

Biological Processes
Material Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Use biological limitations to understand the design process of a respirator. Learn about flow rate, lung capacity, and tissue strength, and their importance in biomedical and material engineering.

Fuel Cell Cars

Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Physical Science
This unit contains 6 fuel cell cars with which you can create your own lesson plan.

GeckTape Grades: 3-12

Properties of Matter
Physical Science
Use material engineering to emulate a gecko’s foot and create a reusable, super sticky tape. Not relying on chemical adhesives, this unit shows how the structure of an object can change its properties.

Hand Tools – MATERIALS ONLY – Grades: 2 – up

Hammers, screwdrivers, hand saws, cutters are all available to supplement your classroom builds.

Hovercraft

Forces and Motion
Physical Science
Build your own hovercraft! We have leaf blowers and all materials except wooden platforms. This build takes planning, design, rebuilds and grit.

Inhalers and Polymers Grades: 3-10

Life Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Learn about how pressure and medicine can combined to make an easy applicable spray. Also, how 3d printing can be used to make medical utensils in cases of emergency.

Ohm’s Law Grades: 9-12 – Yonko

Electromagnetism
Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Physical Science
Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
Designed primarily for AP Physics, but scalable for all Physics classes, the purpose of this lab is to help students learn how solar panels produce electricity from the Sun, to observe how changing the angle of the solar panel relative to the Sun affects the voltage and current, to experience how scientists collect and analyze data, to graph the data, and finally to compare the result to a known quantity.

Gyotaku Osteoarthritis Grades: K-5

Growth and Development of Osteophytes
Biomedical Engineering
Using a traditional ink print technique, students can learn about the progression of osteoarthritis.

Photons, Band Gaps, and Solar Panels Grades: 9-12

Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Physical Science
How do chemical and nuclear reactions produce light? And how can this information be applied to solar panels?
This unit teaches students about light spectra, how electrons and photons behave, and how solar cells convert solar energy into electricity. In the lab, students will use solar cells, multimeters, and different light sources to gather their own data for analysis.

Pitsco Solar Carts

Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Physical Science
Turn solar energy into chemical energy into kinetic energy, and discover how solar generators and electric motors work. This unit provides solar cars for your students to learn about gear ration and solar energy.

Paper Centrifuge Grades: 3-10

Forces and Motion
Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Physical Science
Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
For just pennies, you can create a fully functional centrifuge, capable of separating the components of most plasmas and colloids. Completely hand powered. Centripetal force, and fluid dynamics play a major role in this experiment.

Physics and Jack and the Beanstalk Grades: 2 – 6

Physical Sciences
The concepts of potential energy and gravity are learned through this classic fairy tale.

Polymer F/X Grades: 2-8

Lesson Plan
Structure and Properties of Matter
Physical Science
Did you know that make-up is designed by chemical engineers? Using liquid latex (a natural polymer), tissue paper, fake blood, and grease paint stage makeup, create a realistic-looking wound the way special effects artists do.

Power Tools – MATERIALS ONLY – Grades: ALL

Drills, power screwdrivers, circular saw available for loan.

Punkin’ Chunkin’ Grades: K-8

Forces and Motion
Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Physical Science
Use your powers of prediction to make a hypothesis about how far and where your punkin (a ping-pong ball) will go. This specially designed stomp-launcher will shoot a ball across the room, helping to demonstrate arc, force, and other concepts in a very approachable way. Launcher and materials provided.

Rube Goldberg Machines – MATERIALS ONLY – Grades: 2-8

Physical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering
Miscellaneous building materials (from wood to broken doll parts) are packaged for use to build a Rube Goldberg machine. Hammers and screwdrivers are also available (under Hand Tools) for use.

Shake Table Grades: 3-12

Forces and Motion
Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Physical Science
Create an earthquake proof building. Using a shake table to mimic an earthquake, build a structure to withstand it. Material engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering.

Soldering Irons and Stations MATERIALS ONLY Grades: 4 and up

Make circuit boards, jewelry and more. Soldering equipment available for your needs.

Stinky Balloons Grades: K-5

How does inflating a balloon change its properties, and what’s going on at the molecular level? Scents, balloons, balls, and rubber bands all play a part in this exploration of what is going on with elasticity and polymers at the molecular level. (Allergy warning: Latex)

Strandbeest kits

Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
This is a complicated build project that brings art and science together. Materials and instruction book are provided to build a magnificent moving beast.

Water Filtration Grades: 5-12

Physical Science
Use simple filters and cleaning processes to clean up dirty water. Learn how filtration technology is necessary for the recycling and sustaining of the world’s water supply.

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