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Technology Education
Our original lesson plans are developed by Thirteen Ed Online Master Teachers. Starting with tried-and-true lessons that work in the classroom, our Web-savvy teachers have built Web-based activities that use the rich resources of Thirteen/WNET New York and the Internet.

Each month, we will create new lessons based upon outstanding PBS series and around outstanding Web resources.



Grades 8-12


Students are introduced to a design project that will have them design and test a scale bridge. The Internet is utilized as a research tool to gain background information in three basic bridge designs: Beam, Arch, and Suspension.

Grades 9-12


Students learn about some of the greatest monuments and buildings in the history of architecture. Each student creates a multimedia presentation about a particular structure that includes several different representations of a selected building.

Grades 8-12


Students design and build a hydraulically operated robot arm. Using the World Wide Web, students gain background information about fluid principles, hydraulics, pneumatics, and mechanical advantage.

Grades 5-8


Using the Internet, students learn about flight principles to design a gliding aircraft.

Grades 9-12


This lesson introduces students to concepts related to mechanical control systems. Through the theme of mechanical toys, students explore the concept of control systems, and use the Internet to research related concepts. Students conduct a hands-on class activity in which they take apart a mechanical toy and analyze the input, control, and output of the device. Then, they create a multimedia presentation to explain how the control system of the toy works.

Grades 5-8


In this lesson students explore the technology of vertical architecture. They learn about planning, design, and construction-technology as it relates to tall buildings.

Grades 5-8


In this lesson, students research automobiles and racing to design their own race car. They learn about automobile operating-systems and how recycled materials are used in new vehicles. This would also be a good project for those of you concerned with the environment.

Grades 5-8


Students design and construct a solar cooker. They use the Internet to research solar collectors and the process of changing light energy into heat energy. Using their research, students consider various uses and designs of solar collectors. The completed solar cooker is then tested by cooking a basic recipe at appropriate temperatures.

Grades 6-8


This activity allows students to investigate and apply the laws of physics that govern the flight of helicopters and airplanes. Students build and launch a model rotor, simulating rotors used on helicopters to provide lift. Students then collect, share, and analyze data about the flight of their rotors.

Grades 6-8


This is a design project for which students write and construct a pop-up book about women's contributions to technology and science. Students gain information about famous women and learn basic paper engineering. It also features a flash-animated pop-up book about Marie Curie.