The primary objective of the ASL is to encourage students to become interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through experiential learning. The secondary objective is to provide an opportunity for retired engineers, employed engineers and university engineering students to become engaged with grade 4 ‒ 8 students and share their knowledge, expertise and passion for engineering with them.
Each lesson plan is in full compliance with the current Arizona State Science Education Standards and with the Common Core Science Education Standard.
Seven Workshops are currently being offered.
Plans are to add two new workshops each school year (click on name for a pdf file of the workshop):
Archimedes Principle, Forces and Moments, Newton's Laws;
Students Design, Engineer, and Build a High Performance Sail Boat.
Here Comes The Sun: Not available Oct. 1-Mar. 31 due to low angle and energy of the sun.
Renewable Energy, Electricity and Energy Conversion, Solar Cells;
Students Build and Race a Solar Powered Race Car.
Working With Watermills:
Renewable Energy, Kinetic/Potential Energy, Simple Machines, Mechanical Advantage;
Students Design, Engineer, and Build Energy Effective WaterWheels.
Newton's Laws, Rocket Aerodynamics;
Students Design, Build, and Launch an Air / Water Rocket.
All About Electric Motors:
Magnetism, Electromagnetism, Electric Motors;
Students Build an Electric Motor.
Popsicle Bridges: Workshop Being Revised - NOT ACTIVE
Structures in Compression, Tension, Shear and Torsion;
Students Design & Build Beam Structures.
Ciphers and Codes:
Information Representation, Data Encryption/Decryption, Secure Codes;
Students Do Many Exercises In Secure Coding And Decoding.
Oscillators and Waves:
Using the Scientific Method to Explore: Pendulums, Kinetic/Potential Energy, Oscillators/Waves;
Students Do Measurements and Graphing of Pendulum Principles and Other Experiments.