Science and Technology/Engineering
Technology/Engineering, Grades 6-8
Please note: For grades 6-high school, there are suggested learning activities after each set of learning standards. The numbers in parentheses after each activity refer to the related technology/engineering learning standard(s).
Broad Concept: Transportation technologies are systems and devices that move goods and people from one place to another across or through land, air, water, or space.
|6.1 ||Identify and compare examples of transportation systems and devices that operate on each of the following: land, air, water, and space.|
|6.2 ||Given a transportation problem, explain a possible solution using the universal systems model.|
|6.3 ||Identify and describe three subsystems of a transportation vehicle or device, i.e., structural, propulsion, guidance, suspension, control, and support.|
|6.4 ||Identify and explain lift, drag, friction, thrust, and gravity in a vehicle or device, e.g., cars, boats, airplanes, rockets. |
Suggested Learning Activities
- Design a model vehicle (with a safety belt restraint system and crush zones to absorb impact) to carry a raw egg as a passenger. (6.1)
- Design and construct a magnetic levitation vehicle as used in the monorail system. Discuss the vehicle's benefits and trade-offs. (6.2)
- Conduct a group discussion of the major technologies in transportation. Divide the class into small groups and discuss how the major technologies might affect future design of a transportation mode. After the group discussions, the students draw a design of a future transportation mode (car, bus, train, plane, etc.). The students present their vehicle design to the class, including a discussion of the subsystems used. (6.1, 6.3)