American Welding Society - Engineering Your Future

Engineering Your Future

Available in .PDF format, "Engineering Your Future" Teacher's Guide is presented by the American Welding Society, reprinted in partnership with Airgas.

This free science education program for junior and senior high grades provides 12 student workshops emphasizing:

  • Hands-on learning
  • Higher-order thinking skills
  • Practical application of information

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Curriculum Overview
Activity Number and Student Objective

  • 1 - Identify three types of stress; tensile, compression, and shearing.
  • 1 - Identify three kinds of load; static, impact, and repetitive.

  • 2 - Test materials and conclude that the characteristic of one property in a material does not necessarily indicate the characteristic of another.

  • 3 - Test materials and conclude that aluminum compounds generally are less able than brass to resist impact loads but better able to resist repetitive loads.

  • 4 - Identify similarities in tests from activities 2 and 3 with tests engineers make.

  • 5 - Identify characteristics of objects with and without joints.
  • 5 - Identify appropriate means of joining pieces depending on materials and intended use.

  • 6 - Identify the five basic types of joints.
  • 6 - Follow working drawings to create models built to specification.
  • 6 - Check measurements on models for adherence to specifications.

  • 7 - Demonstrate that force acting on one part of a structure can cause stress in other parts.

  • 8 - Demonstrate that altering the shape and structure of an object can alter its resistance to stress.
  • 8 - Gather and analyze experimental data.

  • 9 - Demonstrate that not all metals have the same capacity to conduct heat.

  • 10 - Identify the characteristics of fusion welding and deformation bonding.
  • 10 - Model fusion welding and deformation bonding.

  • 11 - Define specific heat.
  • 11 - Demonstrate differences in specific heats of aluminum, copper and steel.

  • 12 - Work effectively as a team to plan, organize, carry out, and report the results of a scientific inquiry.