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technical implementer: the National Engineers Week
published by the National Engineers Week
This website is designed to introduce kids to engineering. It includes a section with brief career profiles of various engineering career paths, but the real fun is in the videos. Featuring kids engaged in activities that illuminate key concepts in engineering, these videos showcase the work of engineering in a dynamic and exciting format. For example, one video covers the biomechanics of skateboarding -- taking real kids on a field trip to the Etnies Shoes headquarters where they learn how engineers (who are also skateboarders) use science to design shoes that help absorb impact and minimize injury. Another video takes a group of kids to Disney World to experience how Disney engineers transform potential energy into thrilling roller coaster rides. All of the videos feature a related hands-on activity to let students apply the science concepts involved.
Editor's Note: Don't miss the section "Cool Stuff" for games and activities that help students connect the science principles with engineering practice. For easy downloading or full-screen viewing,See Related Materials for a link to the You Tube version of the roller coaster video.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: The Case of Roller Coasters
The heart of this website for engineering education is the wonderful collection of 5 videos that feature adolescents doing activities that illuminate key concepts in science and engineering. Each video is well-produced to allow the actor-students to apply concepts of science, then experience the excitement that goes with real discovery. Here's a taste: one video takes kids on a field trip to the Etnies shoe headquarters to learn the biomechanics of skateboarding from engineers who are also skateboarders. Another video takes the kids to Epcot Center to design and plan their own roller coaster configurations. The site also offers interactive games and simulations.Link to Unit:
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Is Version Of You Tube: Discover Engineering - The Sum of all Thrills
A You Tube version of the Discover Engineering roller coaster video, which can be more easily downloaded and viewed full-screen.relation by Caroline Hall
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