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Engineering Teaching Lab: Design and Create Activities – High School (9th to 12th grade)

Bring your classroom for a design and create experience through hands-on engineering, programming using mathematical and science tools. 

Design and Create LabsDesign and Create Labs

Activities are aligned to the following NYSSLS Performance Expectations:

  • HS-PS3-3. Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.*

  • HS-PS3-6. Analyze data to support the claim that Ohm’s Law describes the mathematical relationship among the potential difference, current, and resistance of an electric circuit.

  • HS-PS4-2. Evaluate questions about the advantages of using a digital transmission and storage of information.

  • HS-PS4-5. Communicate technical information about how some technological devices use the principles of wave behavior and wave interactions with matter to transmit and capture information and energy.*

  • HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.

  • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.

To schedule your class or for more information, please e-mail:


  Activity Cross-Cutting Concepts
Programmable Smart Night Light Programmable Smart Night Light
Create and program a smart night light with four functions.
Energy and matter, patterns, scale, proportion, and quantity.
Home Security System Optical Intrusion Detection
Design and create an electronic detection system with an alarm and a memory.
Energy and matter, scale, proportion, and quantity.
Traffic Light  Traffic Light
Design and create a switched traffic light for road intersection mockup with light emitting diode and programmable controller. Next, turn a traffic light into a game board.
Patterns, cause and effect, energy and matter, scale, proportion, and quantity. 
Temperature and Conductivity Sensor  Temperature and Conductivity Sensor 
Create a portable sensor that can measure temperature and conductivity. Ideal project for Chemistry and Environmental Science classes.
Energy and matter, systems and system models. 

The Design and Create Labs are available Monday through Friday. A lab activity can begin as early as 8am. All activities are 4–5 hours long (including break for lunch). Projects can also be conducted remotely or as a hybrid of remote and in-person work.

The maximum capacity of the lab is 40 students and transportation must be provided by the district.

Lab Director:   Dr. Mónica Bugallo, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences