ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems

ETS1.B Develop Possible Solutions

ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution

In the Science of Thermal Runaway pathway, students explore hazards of lithium-ion battery-powered devices and ask questions to make ongoing connections to the problem definition to design a battery enclosure. After the pathway, students have the opportunity to complete an engineering design challenge to design, test and optimize a battery enclosure for a lithium-ion battery-powered device.

The Science of Thermal Runaway

Engineering Solutions

From hoverboards to cell phones, portable electrical power makes life as we know it possible. But it can come with some dangerous possibilities. Let’s investigate, experiment and search for solutions.

The Science of Extraction to E-Waste

Trade-Offs & the Supply Chain

Safe and sustainable cities will depend on lithium-ion batteries to power our modern lives. But what are the costs?

The Science of Fire Forensics

Claims, Evidence and Reasoning

There’s been a fire. Your job is to figure out where the fire started, and how.


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