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Designing your Future Career

Explore modern manufacturing careers as students identify required skill sets, apply innovative thinking and creativity, and connect the application of modern manufacturing to daily products and use.

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Lemonade Activity

The Lemonade Activity is a hands-on activity for Kindergarten to 2nd graders, with increased complexity for 3rd to 5th graders, that introduces students to STEM concepts and four key areas of supply chain – Source, Make, Deliver, Reuse/Recycle.

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Wheeling it In

In this open-ended design activity, students use everyday materials—milk cartons, water bottles, pencils, straws, candy—to build small-scale transportation devices. They incorporate the use two simple machines—a wheel and axle, and a lever—into their designs. Student pairs choose their materials and engineer solutions suitable to convey pyramid-building materials (small blocks of clay). They race their carts/trucks, measuring distance, time and weight; and then calculate speed.

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Rubber Band Racers

The focus of this lesson is on rubber band powered car design. Teams of students construct rubber
band powered cars from everyday materials. Students must design their cars to travel in a straight
line for a distance of at least 3 meters within a 1 meter wide track.

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What’s Your Influence?

Students use evidence, case studies, career scenarios, anecdotal stories, and other sources to support or refute a claim about the relationship between manufacturing and society.

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Paper Airplane Game

Volunteers lead students through an interactive game of prototyping and mass production, where student collaboration and team-building lead to success. Students work together in groups to design, engineer and test paper airplanes, select their prototype design win, and assess their manufacturing capability as that design goes through their assembly line.

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Design a Robot

Explore the role of robots in modern manufacturing and challenge your students to design a robot based on a mock target consumer. To understand and explain how their robot moves, students will explore energy and the transfer of electrical energy to mechanical energy.

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Edible Rovers

Students act as Mars exploratory rover engineers. They evaluate rover equipment options and determine what parts fit in a provided NASA budget. With a given parts list, teams use these constraints to design for their rover. The students build and display their edible rover at a concluding design review.

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Manufacturing in the 21st Century

Investigate the history of manufacturing and learn about the innovative technology used by engineers and designers. Explore how manufacturing careers have changed and how technology has changed the manufacturing process.

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Lemonade Activity

The Lemonade Activity is a hands-on activity for Kindergarten to 2nd graders, with increased complexity for 3rd to 5th graders, that introduces students to STEM concepts and four key areas of supply chain – Source, Make, Deliver, Reuse/Recycle.

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Invent a Backscratcher from Everyday Materials

Being able to recognize a problem and design a potential solution is the first step in the development of new and useful products. In this activity, students create devices to get “that pesky itch in the center of your back.” Once the idea is thought through, students produce design schematics (sketches). They are given a variety of everyday materials and recyclables, from which they prototype their back-scratching devices.

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Homemade Spinning Brushbot

What better way to get kids interested in science and technology than fun, hands-on projects that move on their own? This simple, homemade, spinning brushbot was inspired by the book How to Build Robots. This book recommends taking apart a battery-powered, electric toothbrush to get the parts for this project.

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving in Advanced Manufacturing

In this media-rich lesson plan, students learn how critical thinking and problem solving are used in advanced manufacturing fields, then apply what they’ve learned in activities that are based on real-world scenarios.

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Designing Your Future Career

Guide students on a discovery of the modern manufacturing design process. Working in teams, students design a shoe for a target audience, and simulate market research, illustration, design, and biomechanical engineering to test and evaluate their prototype.

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Design a Shoe

Guide students on a discovery of the modern manufacturing design process. Working in teams, students design a shoe for a target audience, and simulate market research, illustration, design, and biomechanical engineering to test and evaluate their prototype.

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Manufacturing the Future: Connecting the
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