Lesson 1

Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier

Simple Machines Storybook / Grade 5 / Andover, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier, L1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Aisha, a girl from Boston, Massachusetts, learns about industrial engineering as she designs her own factory subsystem.

Reflection Questions

How does Tim set the stage for watching the Aisha Makes Work Easier video?

Tim asks students to think about the type of work industrial engineers might do, and relates this discussion back to a recent field trip the students took to a mill.

  • Tim reviews the kinds of work that engineers do, defines technology, and elicits student ideas about what an industrial engineer might do. (0:31)
  • Tim introduces the terms industry, factory and warehouse, and relates this knowledge back to the students’ recent field trip to the Lowell Mills. (1:29)
  • Tim has his students brainstorm problems that might occur in a factory and what an industrial engineer's job might involve. (2:51)

What evidence do you see that Tim spent time preparing for this lesson before the class started?

Tim has prepared discussion questions for the students, as well as notes for himself.

  • Tim has prepared discussion questions and uses his smart board to reveal them one by one. He has also embedded the Aisha video into his presentation so that it is launched directly from the smart board. (0:26)
  • Tim refers to notes that he has prepared before the lesson to support and structure his instruction. (2:42)