TryEngineering Together Elementary School -
Standards Alignment (for Each Unit)

Topic-related standards are addressed in specific TryEngineering Together units. See ELA standards for standards that are addressed in all units.

UnitDescriptionSubject FocusStandards
Unit 1: Getting Started with TryEngineering TogetherStudents are introduced to the program and to their eMentors. Focus is on ELA standards rather than specific content standards.ELAFocus is on ELA standards.
Unit 2: Engineering Is EverywhereStudents work in teams to engineer the tallest tower they can build to support a small ball, using just straws, pipe cleaners, and paperclips. ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Alternative EnergyStudents design an anemometer using every day materials.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
* 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
* 4-PS3-1. Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
* 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
* 4-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
* 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment.
Artificial IntelligenceStudents design a list of instructions that a computer can use to win tic-tac-toe games.Next Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Be An InventorStudents identify a challenge and then plan an invention to address the challenge.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Bionic BodiesStudents work as engineers to design a robotic arm that can pick up an empty disposable cup.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
BridgesStudents work in teams to design and test a bridge.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Clean Water for a Thirsty PlanetStudents work in teams to engineer a water filter that can remove dirt or other materials from a water sample.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
CybersecurityStudents will create and text strong passwords.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Computer Science Standards (CSTA)
* 1B-NI-05. Discuss real-world cybersecurity problems and how personal information can be protected.
Deep SeaStudents will build a submarine and "drive" it to a specific place in a water bottle. ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
DronesStudents will design a drone to carry out a specific mission.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
ElectricityStudents design a battery using everyday materials such as a lemon, a potato, or a cup of salt water.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-PS2-3. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
* 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
* 4-PS3-4. Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
* 4-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
* 5-PS1-3. Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
* 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Energy from the SunStudents work in teams to design a solar oven.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
* 4-PS3-4. Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
How Coding WorksStudents will work in teams to create a map with obstacles, write an algorithm, and then translate the algorithm into a set of coded instructions.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 4-PS4-3. Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information.
Humans in SpaceStudents will design a rocket, aimed at a target, that will travel the greatest distance possible.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
I Am an EngineerStudents will design a package that will safely ship a single chip through a simulated mail journey.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Learning to FlyStudents design a paper glider that will be tested on three criteria: distance, endurance (time in air), and accuracy. ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Matter MattersStudents will work in teams to create slime that has specific properties.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 5-PS1-3. Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
Protecting WildlifeStudents will design a model of a wildlife overpass that allows wildlife to safely cross a dangerous road.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
RoboticsStudents will work in teams to design a robot that solves a problem, by choosing sensors provided by their teachers.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Simple MachinesStudents work as engineers to design a toy in the form of an automaton. Students will use a cam and cam follower and/or a pulley to make a figure move round and round (or another intended way).ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
SlimeStudents design a slime recipe with the look and feel that they want.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 5-PS1-3: Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
* 3-5-ETS1-1: Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
* 3-5-ETS1-2: Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 3-5-ETS1-3: Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
STEM through HobbiesStudents will design a spinning top using everyday materials.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
TelescopesStudents design a simple telescope using everyday materials.Science"Next Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
* 3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
* DCI PS4.B. Electromagnetic Radiation: An object can be seen when light reflected from its surface enters the eyes."
The Facts about COVID-19Students will design a plan to help people in their community during a pandemic, such as COVID-19.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
National Health Education Standards
* Standard 1. Describe ways in which safe and healthy school and community environments can promote personal health.
* Standard 7. Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
The Future of Cars ... Is Now!Students will design a car to meet a specific need.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
The Science of DataStudents will work in teams to design a data visualization that represents a set of data.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Working with Wind EnergyStudents will work in teams to design and build their own windmill on paper and execute their plan using classroom materials to make blades as well as a tower, hub and base.ScienceNext Generation Science Standards
* 3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
* 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
ReflectionThere is no focus article or hands-on activity in this unit. As the last unit of the year, students will reflect upon their correspondence and learning. ELAFocus is on ELA standards.