TEAK: Kits and Activities
On this page you can download complete .pdf files of all available TEAK activities. These documents include teacher background information, a basic lesson plan that outlines the activities and discussions, student handouts, and teacher answer keys. All kits have a heavy emphasis on hands-on work, and follow the basic format of Introduction -- Hands on Activity -- Discussion.
Energy and Environment-Related Kits
- Heat Transfer: Your sled dog abandoned you in the middle of the race - use the principles of heat transfer to keep warm!
- Solar Energy: Use light to power a clock. Students will also explore other ways in which the sun's energy can be used.
- Chemical Reactions & Electricity: Find out how batteries work, and experiment with different types of fruit in different combinations to create your own battery.
- Electrical Energy: Build circuits and make the lights turn on. Students will learn about series and parallel circuits.
- Molecules & Fuel Cell Technology: Build and operate a fuel cell car. Students will also build different molecule models.
- Artificial Lung: Use the design process to design an artificial lung.
- Biomechanical Hand: Build and test your own mechanical hand. How much weight can you lift?
- Biomechanical Joint: See air muscles in action, and explore the concept of mechanical advantage. Students will build an air muscle-actuated mechanical arm.
- Bionic Eye: Build a circuit that works like your eye. Students will create infrared sensors and compare the electrical components to their biological analogs.
- Laparoscopic Surgery: Teamwork is critical for engineers! Students will work on teams to perform laparoscopic surgery.
Sound and Music-Related Kits
- Speakers & Microphones: Find out how some hearing aids work, and build and test one during this session!
- Electronic Piano: Explore the concepts of audio filters and gain in electrical engineering using an engineer's electronic keyboard.
- Xylophone MaterialsExperiment with different materials to learn about the physical and mechanical properties of materials that affect the sound they make.