Engineering Strand


Apple Catapult Lesson
Jonny Zacharias Math and Science Coach (Canandaigua)

Standards addressed: DL (7-8)
Grade(s): 8
Subject(s): math

Standards addressed:
  • PS2.A: Forces and Motion
    • Pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions. (K-PS2-1),(K-PS2-2)
  • ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
    • A situation that people want to change or create can be approached as a problem to be solved through engineering.
  • ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
    • Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people.
    • Subject(s): math/Science
Applying Sound Waves with Recycled materials
Kristen O’Connell 4th grade (Waterloo)

Standards addressed: IC (4-6)
Grade(s): 4
Subject(s): ELA

Standards addressed:

  • NGSS 4 PS4-1: Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move.;




Using Engineering Design Process to build a Back Scratcher
Natalie Hare - Digital and Media Literacy Teacher (Seneca Falls)

Standards addressed: NGSS
Grade(s): 3-5
Subject(s): STEM/ELA

Standards addressed:
  • 3-5-ETS1-1
    • Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
  • 3-5-ETS1-2
    • Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • 3-5-ETS1-3
    • Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
  • 3SL1, 4SL1, 5SL1
    • Participate and engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse peers and adults, expressing ideas clearly, and building on those of others.
Paper Airplane Project
Nerissa Stiles: SPED Teacher (WFL BOCES)

Subject(s): STEM

Standards addressed: Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

  • 3-PS2-1: Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move.
  • 3-PS2-2: Test two different models of the same proposed object, tool, or process to determine which better meets criteria for success.