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Publisher: NSTA Press

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The Science by Design series offers a method for high school students to successfully develop and carry out product design. Image Added

Launch a new generation of students into catapult- and boat-building—plus glove- and greenhouse-making—with this newly refreshed resource. More »

Publisher: NSTA Press

The Science by Design series offers a method for high school students to successfully develop and carry out product design. These teacher-tested units introduce the design process and sharpen student abilities to investigate, build, test, and evaluate similar products. All four volumes are keyed to the National Science Education Standards, the Benchmarks for Science Literacy, and the International Technology Education Standards.

  • Image RemovedConstruct-A-Glove

A hands-on opportunity for students to explore principles of physics and technology necessary to construct and test an insulated glove.

  • Construct-A-Boat

Students experience the practical application of mass, speed, and acceleration while applying the math and science necessary to build a scale model of a boat.

  • Construct-A-Greenhouse

Through building a greenhouse model, students apply concepts in thermodynamics, light absorption, and plant biology. At the same time, they evaluate cost constraints, construction alternatives, and environmental changes.

  • Image RemovedConstruct-A-Catapult

Students integrate history, physics, mathematics, and technology to investigate elasticity, projectile launching, and frequency distribution while designing and building a working catapult system.

Launch a new generation of students into catapult- and boat-building—plus glove- and greenhouse-making—with this newly refreshed resource. Four sets of well-loved activities have been repackaged in one convenient volume that seamlessly combines hands-on experience with intriguing engineering concepts.

Perfect for inspiring interest in STEM topics, the activities encourage high school classes to learn by doing and to successfully develop and carry out product design. The activities will get your students fully engaged in meaningful explorations of concepts such as

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  • buoyancy and friction (through boats);
  • torsion and elasticity (catapults);
  • heat transfer and insulation (gloves); and
  • plant biology, thermodynamics, and energy transfer (greenhouses).

Best of all, Science By Design is written with the needs of time-starved teachers in mind. Each of the four units provides thorough explanations, materials lists, cost and timing estimates, and teaching suggestions. There are also ideas for assessment and student portfolios, plus lists of connections to national standards. Bonus resources called “side roads”—off-the-beaten-path investigations that let teachers and students delve further into the links between inquiry and design.