# ALEX Classroom Resource

## Magnetic Train Engineering Design Challenge

Classroom Resource Information

Title:

Magnetic Train Engineering Design Challenge

URL:

https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/teny17-sci-train/magnetic-train-engineering-design-challenge/

Content Source:

PBS
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

Students use the engineering design process to create a magnetic train in this lesson plan created by teacher Heather Rizzo.

Content Standard(s):
 Science SC2015 (2015) Grade: 3 4 ) Apply scientific ideas about magnets to solve a problem through an engineering design project (e.g., constructing a latch to keep a door shut, creating a device to keep two moving objects from touching each other such as a maglev system).* NAEP Framework NAEP Statement:: P4.5: Magnets can repel or attract other magnets. They can also attract certain nonmagnetic objects at a distance. Unpacked Content Scientific And Engineering Practices:Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsDisciplinary Core Idea: Motion and Stability: Forces and InteractionsEvidence Of Student Attainment:Students: Identify and describe a simple design problem that can be solved by applying a scientific understanding of the forces between interacting magnets. Identify and describe the scientific ideas necessary for solving the problem. Identify and describe the criteria for a successful solution to the problem. Identify and describe the constraints (limits) for solving the problem.Teacher Vocabulary:Magnet Properties Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve) Attract Repel ForcesKnowledge:Students know: Magnetic forces between a pair of objects do not require that the objects be in contact with each other. The sizes of the forces in a magnetic situation depend on the properties of the objects, the distances apart, and their orientation relative to each other.Skills:Students are able to: Define a problem that can be solved with magnets. Apply scientific ideas about magnets. Solve a problem with scientific ideas about magnets through an engineering design project.Understanding:Students understand that: Scientific discoveries about the natural world, such as magnets, can often lead to new and improved technologies, which are developed through the engineering design process.AMSTI Resources:AMSTI Module: Forces and Investigations Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards AAS Standard: SCI.AAS.3.4- Apply scientific ideas about magnets to solve a problem. (e.g., using a magnet to pick up an object, using a magnet to push or pull an object)
Tags: engineering design process, magnet, magnetic, train