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This website is designed to introduce kids to engineering. It features an array of resources that include career profiles of engineering career paths, videos featuring kids engaged in engineering design, tips for building outreach programs, games, activities, and opportunities to take part in communities. All of the videos feature a related hands-on activity to let students apply the science concepts involved.

Discover e is a working coalition of 100+ organizations whose mission is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, and volunteerism.
Editor's Note: Why We Like It:  the 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.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Motion in Two Dimensions
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
Other Sciences
- Engineering
- Middle School
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Tutorial
- Reference Material
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Laboratory
- Assessment
- New teachers
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amusement park physics, applied physics, careers, center of mass, circular motion, engineering design, kinetic energy, potential energy, roller coaster physics, science games, skateboard physics, torque
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Date Metadata Instance was created September 4, 2003 by Kyle Whipple
Record Updated:
February 24, 2014 by Caroline Hall
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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 its wonderful collection of videos that feature kids 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.

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(National Engineers Week, Alexandria, 2000), WWW Document, (http://www.discovere.org/our-activities).
DiscoverE (National Engineers Week, Alexandria, 2000), <http://www.discovere.org/our-activities>.
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DiscoverE. (2014, February 21). Retrieved June 22, 2024, from National Engineers Week: http://www.discovere.org/our-activities
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National Engineers Week. DiscoverE. Alexandria: National Engineers Week, February 21, 2014. http://www.discovere.org/our-activities (accessed 22 June 2024).
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DiscoverE. Alexandria: National Engineers Week, 2000. 21 Feb. 2014. National Engineers Week. 22 June 2024 <http://www.discovere.org/our-activities>.
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@misc{ Title = {DiscoverE}, Publisher = {National Engineers Week}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {22 June 2024}, Month = {February 21, 2014}, Year = {2000} }
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Is Version Of You Tube: Discover Engineering - The Sum of all Thrills

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