Student Projects

Engineering 101~Pop-Up Book!

Author: Ivan Recendez

Grade: 8th

Subjects: Engineering, Math

Pop up book page of carnival attractions
Pop up book page of carnival attractions
Space shuttle pop up book page
Space shuttle pop up book page

Students are responsible for investigating and answering the following essential questions:

  1. In your own words, define what engineering is.
  2. What are the specializations within this field of engineering and what do they involve?
  3.  Provide a minimum of 10 everyday items/things that these types of engineers work on and explain how they are involved with these items/things.
  4. How does your field help improve our everyday lives?
  5. What is a day in a life?
  6. Excellency Option:
    a. Salary
    b. Education
    c. Experience
    d. Awards in the field of engineering
    e. Certifications
    f. Huge advancements/projects/designs currently being worked on

Engineering is one the most complex, innovative, and creative applications of science and mathematics. The field of engineering studies the principles of intricate design, machines, structure, and technology. In this project you will learn about different professional fields of engineering. As young engineers, you will use your creativity, intuition, and understanding of various fields to create your very first engineering pop-up book!

Project Objectives:

  • Learn about different fields of Engineering and how they play a significant role in our everyday lives
  • Apply the principles of design to compose beautiful, professional, thoughtful work
  • Help design and create a pop-up book for your class
  • Master the mechanism of paper folding
  • Make precise measurements while designing and creating interactive pages in your book
  • Identify elements of Engineering and Design to help produce professional work
  • Create a beautiful, professional exhibition that you are proud of

 

Engineering Fields of Study:

  1. Chemical Engineering
  2. Civil Engineering
    a. Structural
    b.Transportation
    c. Geotechnical
    d. Water Resources
  3. Environmental Engineering
  4. Electrical Engineering
  5. Aerospace Engineering (Aerospace and Aeronautical)
  6. Mechanical Engineering
  7. Computer Engineering

Group Project Requirements:

  • You will work in groups of 4-5 students and each group will be responsible for researching one professional field in engineering (One Engineering field per group of students)
  • Each group is responsible for answering all of the essential questions
  • Each group is responsible for a chapter/set-each including four pages and a tittle page
  • Each page must have at least two pop-up features
  • Each page must include “blurbs” that answer Essential Questions and captions for pop-up images

Students will know:

  • How engineers work together to improve our daily lives?
  • How engineers use the Engineering and Design process to find a solution to a problem or question?

 

Students will understand:

  • How to use the Engineering and Design process to problem solve?
  • How engineers innovative new ideas?

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate together to create a four page pop-up book about a specific field of engineering.
  • Use complex paper-folding techniques to create a variety of pop-up techniques.
  • Make precise measurements to ensure pop-up techniques work properly.

 

Engineering Fields of Study:

  1. Chemical Engineering
  2. Civil Engineering
    a. Structural
    b.Transportation
    c. Geotechnical
    d. Water Resources
  3. Environmental Engineering
  4. Electrical Engineering
  5. Aerospace Engineering (Aerospace and Aeronautical)
  6. Mechanical Engineering
  7. Computer Engineering
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Crayons/color pencils
  • Internet Access
  • Scrapbook materials

 

Week # Project Task
1
  • Initial Group meeting. How will you distribute the work so that everyone in your group contributes to produce a professional Engineering pop-up book? 
  • Choose engineering field
  • Assign essential questions to each group member
  • Pop-up book gallery walk
2
  • Research engineering field
  • Research paper folding techniques
3
  • Start first draft of book (each student is responsible for one page)
4
  • First draft of book due
5
  • First draft critique and feedback
6
  • Start final draft
7
  • Submit final draft and bind books