Science Pseudoscience & Technology
Scientific Methods
Science Skills
Science Process

Data - SMART Goal
Technological Design - Engineering
MS-ETS1-1. Evidence Statement
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-2. Evidence Statement
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS1-3. Evidence Statement
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
MS-ETS1-4. Evidence Statement
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.How do ideas become things we use?
Silver Sensing THinking HandPS 2-1  Egg Drop Project

(standard PS2-1)  Design of a crash protector (i.e. car bumper or egg-drop vehicle.) Bing Image Search for "Egg Drop Competition"

  1. Technical Drawing (Blueprint) Template
  2. K'Nex Bridges Lesson - Square vs Triangle
    1. MiniBridge
  3. Construction: Wood
    1.  toothpicks and clay porcupine
    2. Tetrahedron,,Pyramid, Cube, Prisms, etc
    3. Pitsco Wood Frame
    4. Popsicle Stick roll
  4. Construction - Paper Structures
    1. Beams & Tubes
    2. Boxes
  5. Construction - Straw Structures

Thermal Energy Project MS-PS3-3
Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer. (i.e. Insulating device or cooker*)

Silver Sensing THinking Hand Gravity Racer Project

Design, build, test, and improve on your own gravity-powered vehicle that can travel over 1 meter down a ramp.

Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Newton Scooter Project

Design, build, test, and improve on your own self- powered vehicle that can travel over 1 meter on a flat surface or in level flight.

BrainPop Animations and Practice Quizes Vocabulary

The Process of Design

Robert Fulton: Engineering Booklet
Mechanical Engineering Booklet
Machines Make It Move Booklet
Labs & Videos
Lunar Lander
write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Projectile Motion

write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Forces and Motion
Gizmos- Fan Car Lab


write up an experiment
Ramp: Forces and Motion
Ramp: Forces & Motion

write up an experiment
based on this activity.

Museum of Science and Industry Game

Forces and Motion
COSI Tutorial

Ramp: Forces and Motion
Zoom GoldBurg Invention

Disney Imagineering Design Video
Viewing Questions

Work and Machines
Nye Structures Video -SchoolTube


Nye Simple Machines Video - SchoolTube


Nye Inventions - Shooltube
Prentice Hall Video

Technology and Engineering
Design of a crash protector  MS-PS2-1 Apply Newton's  Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects. (i.e. car bumper or egg-drop vehicle.) Search: "school project car crash" "school project egg drop" (standard PS2-1

Crash Design - PS2-1 Worksheet
Study Jams

Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

project to share
Reading & Math Work

Math and DataMath Logo
Projects by Learning Style and Media Type

  1. Make a video or animation of something interacting with action-reaction forces or momentum (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.

  1. Create a PowerPoint, ToonDoo, or other graphic that shows one of the projects above.

garagebandPodcast Audio

  1. Make a radio show, podcast, or song about something interacting with action-reaction forces or momentum (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.
ArtistMusicianLive Presentation Project

  1. Make a poster, play, song or cartoon showing your understanding of how things interact with action-reaction forces or momentum.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
Newton 2 Technology things that are designed and built by humans for humans to use.

Engineering the use of scientific knowledge and technolgies to design and build things for human use.

The Technologcial Design Framework is a step-by-step cycle that guides the design, building, and testing of any technological product. MMS uses 7 steps.
pool balls
1. Clarify the Design Problem

specifications are the requirements for the final product.
constraints: the limits put on the design or materials

  1. performance: things it does.
  2. output: things it makes.
2. Research and Investigate the Problem.
  • What are the needs?
  • What other products/solutions are out there?
  • What materials and techniques are available?
3. Generate Alternative Designs.

Brainstorming many different ideas to choose from.

  • designs?
  • materials?
  • building techniques?
4. Choose and Justify the Optimal Solution.

List the strengths and weaknesses of the alternative designs

  • cost?
  • time?
  • building simplicity?
5. Develop the Prototype.
  • Technical Drawings and blueprints are used to work out design problems.
  • A scale model is a model made at a different size.
  • A prototype is a full-scale or regular sized working model.
6. Test and Evaluate the Design Solution.

Develop one or more tests to assess the performance of the design.
Tests may suggest changes to make to the design.

  • Define your variables.
  • Tests must match the design specifications from step 1
7. Redesign the Solution.

Make any design changes suggested by the tests´┐Ż
Re-Enter the Design Cycle at Any Step in the Cycle.

Pugh Charts: are used to check if a design meets the specifications (requirements) of a design.
Usually used to compare designs (columns) against each specification (rows.)
gb Scientists

Robert Goddard, the father of rocketry in the early 20th century

Wernher von Braun, developed the Atlas rocket for the United States. His rockets were powerful enough for NASA's space program and, along with competing Soviet scientists created intercontinental ballistic missiles that could have destroyed the world.
Pinewood Derby

Self Propelled Vehicles: use the principles of action-reaction to move themselves by converting stored energy to moving (kinetic) energy

Newton Scooters and the Technological Design Cycle