Mobile engineering education lab

Our engineering students bring grade-appropriate, interactive lessons to your classroom. The Mobile Engineering Education Lab, or ME2L, program trains University engineering students to foster your students’ curiosity about engineering topics through engaging activities.

Scheduling tips

Please take the following into account when scheduling your lesson:

Due to demand and limited lesson availability, we ask that teachers sign up for no more than two lessons per semester. If you surpass two lessons in one semester, we reserve the right to cancel any subsequent lessons.

Due to our engineering student-teachers' schedules, all lesson requests are tentative until final confirmation is sent two weeks prior to the lesson date.  Occasionally our students' schedules change, and although we do our best to give as much notice as possible, we ask that you understand if we may need to reschedule or cancel an appointment.

Hands-on engineering lessons get students involved

We are excited to offer the following lessons for spring 2020.

Kindergarten- Simple Machines

Kindergarteners will be immersed in this introduction to the basic principles of motion. They will learn about pulleys, wheels and axles, inclined planes, and levers. Students will be able to interact with different simple machines in order to better understand how they work. This NGSS aligned lesson will foster kids’ interested in learning about how the world works.

This lesson supports NGSS standards K-PS2-1 and K-PS2-2.

First Grade- Let’s Talk About Sound

In this lesson, students will learn about where sound comes from. They will discuss how sound waves can be distorted as they travel across distances and through objects. The first graders will actually see the sound waves in the form of vibrations and learn about how different vibrations produce different sounds. This NGSS aligned lesson will include hands (and ears!)-on activities designed to solidify concepts.

This lesson supports NGSS standards 1-PS4-1 and 1-PS4-4.

Second Grade- Materials Make It Work!

Students will engage in identifying different types of materials as well as classifying some of their respective properties. With their newfound knowledge in one hand, and a specialized tool box in the other, students will set out to solve various problems by utilizing appropriate materials for the situation. Fighting back floods, battling away boulders, and quieting noisy monsters are just a few of the tasks that the future engineers will tackle in Materials Make it Work!

This lesson supports NGSS standards 2-PS1-1 and 2-PS1-2.

Third Grade- May the Magnetic Force Be With You

As the title suggests, this NGSS aligned lesson covers with magnetism and electricity. Students will see a magnetic field and they will feel magnetic forces of different strengths. Not only will third graders learn more about the inner workings of magnets, they'll experience the engineering design process as they create their own magnetic contraption!

This lesson supports NGSS standards 3-PS2-3 and 3-PS2-4.

Fourth Grade- Disaster Avoided!

Fourth graders will learn a little about how the earth's topography changes over time and how it effects humans. This NGSS aligned lesson will have students learning about the different kinds of engineering solutions to disasters like earthquakes, landslides, and other patterns that shape the earth. In addition to this, the class will interpret data on maps and use the engineering design process to prevent a landslide in our very own model neighborhood.

This lesson supports NGSS standards 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2, and 4-ESS3-2.

Fifth Grade- Oil’s Well That Ends Well

This lesson introduces oil spills and the effects of oil spills on the earth's environment. Fifth graders will learn how engineers are protecting the earth against these disasters. In this NGSS aligned lesson, students will use the engineering design process to design oil booms in order to protect our model ecosystem from an oil spill.

This lesson supports NGSS standards 5-ESS3-1.

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All of our K-12 outreach programs are made possible through the generous support of The Mallory Foundation, Teichert Foundation and WEDCO. We appreciate their continued support.