The purpose of this unit is to introduce engineering concepts and principles to junior high school students to increase student interest especially females in engineering. It contains design and hands-on activity, students will design a process to make recycled paper in the class. Unit sections include: Section 1: What Is Engineering? Section 2: How to Design? Section 3: Become an Engineer Section 4: Test Alternative Solutions Section 5: Analyze Your Design Section 6: Communication of Your Design


  • Educational Technology > General
  • Science > General
  • Science > Engineering

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


Recycled paper recycling engineering design hads-on



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2010-11-10.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

Although the unit is entitled introduction to engineering, it is in fact a description of how to make paper from recycled materials. There is some effort to apply engineering methodology to the process. The language unfortunately is much too advanced for the purported audience (middle school kids). The lesson is built around access to a few engineering websites which I did not investigate; much of the lesson presented here is logistical.
Janet Pinto
July 27, 2012
Joshua Marks
September 23, 2010
Very nice. I would love to see this in the Wiki and in PDF as well.

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