Lesson 3 : Engineer

Time Required: 150 minutes
In The Engineer, students will:

Select an element to research and create a profile for. Students are encouraged to get creative with their interpretations of their element and have fun creating an "Elemental Character" and give them personalities to match their properties. In the engineer option 2, students also have the option to research an element or compound and design a futuristic material based on its properties.

Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on developing models of molecules that vary in complexity. Examples of simple molecules could include ammonia and methanol. Examples of extended structures could include sodium chloride or diamonds. Examples of molecular level models could include drawings, 3D ball and stick structures, or computer representations showing different molecules with different types of atoms.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include valence electrons and bonding energy, discussing the ionic nature of subunits of complex structures, or a complete description of all individual atoms in a complex molecule or extended structure is not required.]