Explore this collection of hands-on activities designed for use in K-12 classrooms and informal education settings.
Students learn the vast size differential of nanoscale compared to visible scale objects.
Explore the four forces of flight and modify paper airplane designs in order to fly them more slowly or faster.
Students will learn about the engineering process while conducting and observing three launch altitudes using film canister seltzer rockets.
Students will learn how the power of the wind is harnessed and used to make electricity by designing, building and testing wind turbines.
The goal of Challenge: Asteroids! is to expose students to exciting careers in engineering, focused on the area of space exploration and asteroids.
Students will use game-play to learn important concepts about the engineering process, the main parts of a robot, how those parts change with the problem the robot is intended to solve, and basic robotics programming.
Students learn how the sun's activity and magnetism drive space weather and impact Earth's living and technological systems.
Students will learn how engineers are working with nanotechnology to make metamaterials. Students will explore how light refracts and bends naturally to better understand how scientist are trying to alter the way light bends with metamaterials to create invisibility fields.
Explore how Newton's Third Law of Motion comes into play when launching a projectile like a stomp rocket. Students will work in small groups to design and launch a stomp rocket. Using their knowledge of Newton's Third Law of Motion, students will dicusss how they could modify their rocket's trajectory.
Students will work through the engineering process while designing and testing wind turbine blades.
Find two short hands-on activities designed to help middle school students understand that magnifying objects allows them to be seen in more detail and that objects look different at different magnifications.
Students learn how solar activity is monitored and examine the impact the sun has on space weather and Earth systems.
Students learn about different forms and properties of carbon and explore how scientists can alter graphene molecules at the nanoscale, enabling them to engineer new materials and products.
Explore how Newton’s Second and Third Laws of Motion play a part in how a rocket lifts off. As a rocket burns fuel, a hot gas is created and forced out of the back of the rocket. Students will apply Newton’s Laws to design, test, redesign, and retest rockets to optimize the distance a rocket travels from launch.
Students will work through the engineering process while designing and testing wind turbine blades. Students will then use their tested turbine to investigate what happens to the voltage of electricity as it is transmitted along an electrical wire.
The resources on the Engineers in the Classroom website are the result of a partnership between Lockheed Martin and National Geographic. The goal is to inspire and channel students into engineering and other careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM careers.
This website includes a collection of resources for engineers and other professionals in STEM careers who visit your classroom. The resources are also developed for you, the educator, to help you prepare your students for the visit—and to use at other times in your classroom.
Using this website
You will find links to a variety of hands-on activities, organized by grade bands. Click on an activity to see the full, detailed activity provided for the visiting engineer and an Educator Guide with background information and pre- and post-visit suggestions specific to the activity. Depending on the activity, you will also find video clips or other related resources. Shorter activities are also listed for students in grades 3-5 and 6-8. These can be used in shorter time frames or different settings, as desired.
Modern microscopes reveal and alter individual atoms, exposing a whole new world—the nano world.
The ever-growing field of nanotechnology has opened up a new and endless frontier in science.