Activities in Grades 6-8 in Technology

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A colorful and carefully researched journey through the history and science of lighter-than-air flight.

Students learn about Archimedes’s principle, the density and lift of gases, atmospheric pressure, gravity, why air is called a fluid, how airships and balloons fly, and more. Includes science activities, classroom discussion questions, and instructions for building six-foot and nine-foot tissue paper hot-air balloons.

$5.45

The lure of flight is a great hook to get many students interested in and involved with engineering. In Pitsco’s Aeronautical Engineering Teacher’s Guide, hands-on activities set that hook through contextual learning.

These contextual activities provide a wide platform for students to experience the underpinnings of this engineering discipline through STEM concepts.

Student procedures, worksheets, data tables, and other student-oriented materials are reproducible for distribution within your classroom.

The aerospace engineering field is described in a thorough overview, providing students with a range of the work that aeronautical engineers do – things like airplane design and construction, acoustics, aerodynamics, jet-engine design, and much more.

This guide and the activities can be used in a stand-alone fashion or as a supplement to current curriculum, or they can be combined with other Contextual Engineering or Getting Started Guides to formulate a complete engineering curriculum.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Inflation Station, propane, igniter, Pitsco Foam Wing Cutter, Pitsco Wing Tester, wind meter, thermometer, stopwatch, digital scale, fishing weights, infrared thermometer, Pitsco Sky Eagle Kits, Whitewings 30-Plane Competition Set, modeling clay, CA glue, balsa wood, foam blocks, tissue paper and other materials, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

$39.95

This well-illustrated book is a primer on packaging design. It includes an introduction to packaging and an overview of the components of packaging design and prototyping. It also includes information and patterns for common shipping, telescoping, decorative, retail, and geometric boxes. Includes a glossary on packaging terminology.

Box-making activities and ideas abound, and there are two box-making competitions (challenges). Includes patterns for more than 15 different box configurations.

$5.45

Whether your sights are on design, strength, history, symmetry, or construction techniques, this guide helps focus your efforts on using this popular structures activity. In the process, students learn about the strength of materials, types of joints, design concepts, lamination, and efficiency.

The Balsa Bridges Teacher’s Guide contains NGSS, CCSSM, NCTM, NSTA, and ITEEA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and technology activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Balsa Bridges – Getting Started Package, weights, 500-gram and 200-gram spring scales, clamps, ruler, safety glasses, protractor, digital scale with 33-pound minimum capacity, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

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Birds fly and glide effortlessly; it takes a little more effort and understanding for humans to accomplish flight. Balsa glider activities are a great way for students to understand lift, center of gravity, the four forces of flight, glide angles, and the design of aircraft – not exactly birdbrained topics!

The Balsa Gliders Teacher’s Guide contains ITEEA, NCTM, and NSTA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and technology activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Balsa Gliders – Getting Started Package, tape measure or ruler (with mm markings), stopwatch, hobby knife, ruler, rubber bands, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

$24.95

This exclusive curriculum relates boats and boating across the entire curriculum! Two fully developed activities using AquaTrak incorporate many science, math, and technology principles and include reproducible masters of worksheets, diagrams, and assessment protocols. A third activity, “Cruising the World,” involves social studies and language arts as students plan and carry out a world cruise. Students incorporate knowledge from AquaTrak activities and their own research as they each plot a course across the ocean and write logbook entries describing their “trip.” In addition to the three complete activities, the curriculum includes abundant start-up information and enrichment ideas for every discipline.

$29.95

Blow the dust off the historical catapult – because this flinging device is loaded and ready to deliver educational content to your classroom! This guide throws itself into subjects such as Newton’s laws, projectile motion, simple machines, speed, and mass – all while your students build and test the fun catapult.

The Catapults Teacher’s Guide contains NSTA, NCTM, ITEEA, and NCTE standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and engineering activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Catapults – Getting Started Package, digital scale, stopwatch, tape measure, ruler, spring scale, sandpaper, protractor, clamps, hobby knife, basswood, Pitsco Range Paper, wood glue, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

$24.95

A must-have for teachers embarking on the Pitsco Custom Cruiser Vehicle Design activity. This book takes you through the entire activity including design concepts, CAD drawings, clay modeling, vehicle construction, and testing. Contains many helpful suggestions for implementing this activity in your classroom.

$21.25

Updated for the EQs Tremor Table, Earthquake Engineering didn’t break away from solid content and intriguing activities. This hands-on guide outlines for students the process of designing and building a quake-proof structure.

In addition to learning about engineering concepts, students also learn a lot about earthquakes, such as P waves versus S waves, magnitude, amplitude, and more. An exciting design of the load plate system allows greater flexibility for student testing of structures.

Also included is a glossary, technology challenge, and resource section.

$4.35

Building an earthquake-resistant tower takes more than glue and balsa wood – it takes an understanding of earthquakes, how mass is distributed in the tower, and structural design. This guide helps students grasp these concepts so they can build and test a great tower.

The Earthquake Towers Teacher’s Guide contains NSTA, NCTM, and ITEEA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and engineering activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Earthquake Towers – Getting Started Package, ruler, protractor, safety glasses, clothespins or small clamps, world map, compass, waxed paper, foam board or cardboard, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

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With this teacher’s guide, your students take a humble egg and experiment to create vehicles that will keep it safe. In the process, they’ll learn about density, resiliency, velocity, initial potential energy and final kinetic energy, efficiency, brainstorming, and more.

The Egg-Drop Vehicles Teacher’s Guide contains ITEEA, NCTM, NSTA, and NCTE standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and technology activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Egg-Drop Vehicles – Getting Started Package, digital scale, graduated beaker (500 ml or larger), ramp, hobby knife, weights, hot glue gun, tape measure, glue, eggs, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

$24.95

Engineering activities don’t require expensive classroom equipment. All you need are a few common items such as paper, scissors, tape, and cardboard. Add a few milk or juice cartons, some coins, and Harry Roman’s book, and you have all the ingredients needed to get your students thinking like engineers.

Engineering Activities with Paper and Cardboard includes 10 teacher-tested, multipart activities that demonstrate essential skills every engineer must possess: listening to and understanding specifications, planning, recognizing that variations in materials and design affect the integrity of a structure, testing a model, and graphing and drawing conclusions from test data. In addition, 23 classroom exercises challenge students to explore the properties and origins of building materials.

$9.25
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