ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Science (3 - 5)
Title: Sailing on the Wind
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that uses science and the steps of the Engineering Design Process to determine important properties in sail design materials and learn how to harness wind power. Students will learn that a problem can be solved in different ways using different materials, properties of materials change its effectiveness, conducting tests help determine versatility of materials, and that wind can be harnessed to do work.
This lesson is adapted from Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills, Lesson 3: Testing Sail Designs (produced by the Museum of Boston for the Engaging Youth in Engineering program.) Visit http://www.mos.org/EiE for more information.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Subject: Science (4)
Title: This is How We Roll!
Description: Students take on the role of engineers who need to design a roller coaster. They will explore the history of roller coasters, the different types, and the many things that can affect the success or failure of a roller coaster. Finally the students will use a variety of Internet resources to guide them as they create their own roller coaster and test it for success. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Friction Facts
Digital Tool: Gallery 360 Podcast
Digital Tool Description: In the podcast, students show how the change in surfaces creates more or less friction for an object.
We tested the effects of friction on a toy car. We made a ramp for the car, and we timed the car on different surfaces. We used materials such as wood, felt, foil, plastic, and construction paper. We found that rough surfaces create more friction for the car, and smooth surfaces create less friction for the car. Some of the surfaces even caused the car to stop completely. Watch our video to see our experiment!
This podcast created in part for the 2012 Girls Engaged in Math and Science- University Exposition.
This podcast documents a field trip to view a rocket launch. A video explains how rockets work, and there is a great video of an actual rocket launch.
Battleship USS Alabama Virtual Fieldtrip 1
This pocast follows a group of 4th and 5th grade students on a tour of the Battleship USS in Mobile, Alabama.
Join them as they share engaging facts spanning the history of the USS Battle ship beginning with its commission on August 16, 1942.