Invention, Innovation, Inquiry


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In this unit students will explore transportation technology by understanding transportation environments (land, water, air, and space) and transportation systems. They will be able to experience how ideas for inventions and innovations are modeled and recognized how transportation has played an important role in the development of the United States.

I think this is a fantasitcally designed unit. I am excited to use it with my students." (Marlene M., 6th grade teacher, Brooklyn, NY)

Learning Goals

Students will:

  • Explain the significance of transportation in the westward expansion of the United States.
  • Describe how inventions and innovations in technology can be modeled.
  • Recognize that transportation systems are comprised of several subsystems.
  • Design, construct, and test a prototype of a transportations vehicle by following the Engineering Design Process.


All units contain teacher background information, handouts, transparency masters, and a student packet.

Each unit is designed to integrate mathematics and science with technology and take 8 to 10 days.


Acknowledgment and Disclaimer
"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0095922.""Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."