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Engineers in the Classroom

Audience versions of this page: Engineers

  • Challenge: Robots!

    Use the Engineering Process to Solve Real-World Problems

  • Introduce the World of Engineering

    Discover the Work and World of Engineers

    Introduce the World of Engineering
  • Explore Nanotechnology

    Explores New Frontiers in the Nano World.

    Explore Nanotechnology
  • Shape the Future

    Find Student Booklets About Careers in Engineering

    Shape the Future
  • Challenge: Robots! Educator Guide

    Explore Robotics with Students in Grades 3-10


Activities

Explore this collection of hands-on activities designed for use in K-12 classrooms and informal education settings.


Educational Activities for Grades K-4

How Small is Small

Students learn the vast size differential of nanoscale compared to visible scale objects.

Forces of Flight

Explore the four forces of flight and modify paper airplane designs in order to fly them more slowly or faster.

Seltzer Rocket Lab

Students will learn about the engineering process while conducting and observing three launch altitudes using film canister seltzer rockets.

Wind Turbine Design and Testing

Students will learn how the power of the wind is harnessed and used to make electricity by designing, building and testing wind turbines.

Short Activities - Elementary

Find two short hands-on activities designed to teach elementary students about objects at the nanoscale and the technology that allows us to see these objects.


Educational Activities for Grades 5-8

Challenge: Asteroids

The goal of Challenge: Asteroids! is to expose students to exciting careers in engineering, focused on the area of space exploration and asteroids.

Challenge! Robots (game)

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.

Challenge: Robots! Educator Guide

Explore Robotics with Students in Grades 3-10

Space Weather and Magnetism

Students learn how the sun's activity and magnetism drive space weather and impact Earth's living and technological systems.

Nanotechnology: Using Refraction To Make Things Invisible

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.

Engineering Stomp Rockets

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.  

Wind Energy Lab

Students will work through the engineering process while designing and testing wind turbine blades.

Short Activities - Middle School

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.


Educational Activities for Grades 9-12

Space Weather and Solar Activity

Students learn how solar activity is monitored and examine the impact the sun has on space weather and Earth systems.

Nanotechnology Revolution: Graphene

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.

Exploring Newton's Laws of Motion with Bottle Rockets

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.

Engineering Wind

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.

 

About This Project

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.

Find a Lockheed Martin Engineer


Generation Beyond

The first voyage to Mars is closer than you think. Learn how Lockheed Martin's Generation Beyond will take us there.


Explore More

Mysteries of the Unseen World

Find our collection of educator resources about the invisible realms of things too fast, too slow, and too small to see.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Find multimedia activities on extreme weather in our solar system.


Videos

Nano World

Modern microscopes reveal and alter individual atoms, exposing a whole new world—the nano world.

Nanoscience

The ever-growing field of nanotechnology has opened up a new and endless frontier in science.

Misunderstood Microbes

Tiny microbes have been revealed to be more helpful than harmful to humans and the planet.