Engineering Discoveries

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This program can be delivered as:

In-School Field Trips

Description: These programs embed the competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, managing information, creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration and personal growth and well-being. Students use knowledge and strategic skills to apply the engineering and design process to solve challenges.

Format:

Field Trips take place right IN your classroom. Our experienced presenters deliver curriculum-based field trips.

Duration:

2 hours

Teacher Provides:

N/A

Price:

$13.50/student

(Minimum fee $202.50)

*Minimum fee for classes with 15 or fewer students. Maximum 32 students per program. GST exempt.

Volunteers:

Program-dependent

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Take Home:

N/A

Curricular Highlights

Theme:

Program-dependent

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Alberta Grade:

Multi-Grade

Category:

Science, STEM

Explorations

These programs embed the competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, managing information, creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration and personal growth and well-being. Students use knowledge and strategic skills to apply the engineering and design process to solve challenges.

Available Programs

There are 14 programs available for Engineering Discoveries:

Transportation (K-2)

Through storytelling, movement and hands-on activities, students are engaged in creating a variety of modes of transportation using specialized materials. Students will explore early science principles in an interactive way.

Recommended Volunteers: 1 per 4 students

Long Haul (K-2)

Students will explore what it means for something to be strong and the relationship between weight, strength, load and reinforcement. Then, they will apply this knowledge as they learn how to make “work” easier when moving a load as they build, test and improve a flatbed truck.

Recommended Volunteers: 1 per 4 students

Measurements, Patterns, Pyramids & Symmetry  (K-2)

Students learn about engineers and what they do, then will use this knowledge as they explore patterns and symmetry through the creation of pyramids.

Recommended Volunteers: 1 per 4 students

Push & Pull (K-2)

Students will build a tractor then explore how forces, like pushes and pulls, can be used to move objects.

Recommended Volunteers: 2-4

Strong, Secure Castles (K-4)

Students use their engineering skills to build and test a castle wall, then improve on the design to make it stronger. Once they have a strong wall, they must design a door that will open and close as well as be secure.

Recommended Volunteers: 1 per 4 students

Strong, Stronger, Strongest! (K-6)

Students will be immersed in the design & engineering process to solve a challenge. Students will create, test and modify original plans to improve the integrity of their designs. They will present their creations to their peers.

Recommended Volunteers: 1 per 4 students

Bridges (2-6)

By examining bridge design, students will recognize different forces acting on a bridge, types of bridges and how they work. As a team, students will have an opportunity to build and test their own bridge.

Recommended Volunteers: 1 per 4 students

Inclined Plane (3-6)

Students will learn how an inclined plane works then build and modify a model. Presented with an interesting challenge, students will use their design and engineering skills to solve a real world problem.

Recommended Volunteers: 2-4

Levers (3-6)

Students will be actively engaged in learning about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers and mechanical advantage as they build, test and modify a model of each type. Students will use their knowledge to design and engineer a custom lever to solve a variety of challenges.

Recommended Volunteers: 2-4

Pulleys (3-6)

Students will explore the fundamentals of a pulley system and how to create mechanical advantage. By designing and engineering a custom pulley system, students will be able to apply their knowledge to solve a challenge.

Recommended Volunteers: 2-4

Screw (3-6)

Students will learn that a screw is an inclined plane wrapped around a cylinder that can either push, pull or hold materials together. Through exploring real life applications, students will build a model. Presented with a challenge, students will design and engineer a solution.

Recommended Volunteers: 2-4

Wedge (3-6)

What is a wedge and how is it used in real life applications? Can a wedge be modified to increase mechanical advantage? These concepts and more are explored as students design, build, modify and engineer a wedge model and then use this information to create a specialized wedge to solve a challenge.

Recommended Volunteers: 2-4

Wheel & Axle (3-6)

Real life applications will be explored as students learn about the wheel & axle. Students will build and modify a model as they explore the basic elements and purpose of this simple machine and discover how mechanical advantage is used. By applying this knowledge, students will be able to design and engineer a custom wheel & axle to solve a challenge.

Recommended Volunteers: 2-4

Wheels & Levers (3-6)

Students will construct models of levers as well as devices that use wheels & axles. Acquired knowledge will be put to use solving everyday challenges!

Recommended Volunteers: 2-4

What Teachers Are Saying

K.K., Grade 3 TeacherNeil M. Ross School

This session was very engaging. It required our students to use their problem solving skills as well as work as a team. They were able to build amazing bridges because of the structure of the session. (In-School program)

K.H., Grade 4 TeacherKeenooshayo School

This field trip was super engaging and hands-on. Love the different types of bridges that can be built. (In-School program)

D.S., Grade 4 TeacherFFCA NW Elementary School

"Very hands-on and a great relation to grade 4 science units where students have to work in groups, plan and design and then engineer something. I loved how the challenges changed and the students could not repeat a previous design. The Presenter was great with classroom management and stopped the students to listen and hear the instructions to the next challenge. The students loved it and it really helped move into the science units. I used it as an introduction to the wheels and levers and building devices that move Grade 4 units." (In-School program)

K.K., Grade 4 TeacherHeadway School

It was very engaging. The students were learning the whole time. The presenter was present with the students at all times. The materials were at grade level. The design challenges were engaging. (In-School program)

C.R., Grade 1 TeacherPrince Charles School

I liked the building components and creativity. (In-School program)

E.C., Grade 4 TeacherLa Mission School

It was hands-on and allowed creativity. Many volunteers were not needed for this activity to run smoothly. Challenges were offered to students who advanced rapidly. (In-School program)

J.T., Grade 1 TeacherPrince Charles School

My supply teacher said that she was so impressed with how the leader engaged the children and that they were super excited about the activities. (In-School program)

K.M., Kindergarten TeacherHeadway School

It was well paced, completely interactive for my students. They loved it. (In-School program)

T.M., Grade 4 TeacherSt. Henry School

I loved everything. The Presenter was phenomenal! She really knows her stuff and her skills as an experienced educator are so well honed! She was able to adapt to the level of our students and to some challenges our students face, such as mental health and ELL. She rolled with all the challenges and really created an amazing experience for our students. I was very grateful for her positive attitude and knowledge base. (In-School program)

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Promo code ends October 31, 2021. Programs can take place up to June 30, 2022. Promotional prices are applicable during advertised, time-limited promotional events. Promo code must be used at the time of booking.

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In-School Field Trip:

$13.50

PER STUDENT

(Minimum Fee $202.50)

Minimum fee for classes with 15 or fewer students. Maximum 32 students per program. GST exempt.

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