In this lesson, students explore the engineering design process, transportation types, and energy use.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore the steps of the engineering design process.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students use the engineering design process to design and build a transportation vehicle.
Students use critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity as they learn about the engineering design process.
Students engage in the scientific process to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Students have opportunities to collaborate with classmates and share their feelings as they design new transportation vehicles.
This lesson supports the understanding that all humans can make a difference.
This is lesson 4 of 4 in our K-2nd grade Let’s Move! Green Transportation unit.
Prepare a recycled materials supply area that includes a variety of boxes, plastic bottles, juice boxes, cardboard tubes, straws, paper, adhesives, and a variety of art materials for embellishment. These can be items that are donated to your classroom by students and their families.
Students can share their feelings, including any natural frustration, after playing Ari’s Wonderful Ideas. This helps prepare them for the frustration people sometimes experience during the engineering design process.
Students have several opportunities to share feelings and ask questions about the topic.
Students can work in pairs or small groups to create their vehicles.
Students can use an index card to record facts about their vehicles as you might see on a new car or truck.
More advanced learners can create a stop-motion short film of their new vehicle in action.
Scaling up environmentally friendly transportation in schools is crucial for reducing global warming. This lesson helps students to develop ideas for a just transition to clean transportation by allowing them to investigate energy-efficient and low-carbon-intensive forms of transportation. It is advised to teach this lesson because it has all the necessary resources and has undergone fact-checking.