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# Engineering, Technology, and Coding Solutions for Middle School

Our engineering and coding solutions are designed for educators and driven by experience. No matter what career students choose tomorrow, foundational computer science skills are relevant for every 21st century learner today.

## Featured Engineering Topics

Encourage curiosity, build confidence, and spark an interest in STEM. Vernier solutions give your middle school students practical ways to learn engineering design principles. Plus, engineering activities offer an alternative form of assessment and foster collaboration and problem-solving skills!

### Go DirectÂ® Structures & Materials Tester

An excellent tool for teaching engineering concepts and conducting bridge competitions.

### Wind Energy Explorations Go DirectÂ® Package

Students gain an understanding of wind energy as they practice engineering design.

### Solar Energy Explorations Go DirectÂ® Package

Students explore solar energy, temperature, and electrical circuits.

Empowers students to develop in-demand skills in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

## Coding and Computational Thinking Solutions

Set up your middle school students for success with versatile products and partnerships that encourage curiosity, develop computational thinking skills, and enhance their understanding of the world around them.

### Scratch

Block-based coding with Go Direct sensors

## Featured Engineering and Coding Experiments

### Solar Panel Output: Effect of Angle

Have you ever seen solar panels on a house or a building? Do you remember how they were positioned? Were they lying horizontally? Standing vertically? Set at an angle? Why do you think they are installed in such a way?

In this experiment, you will use your previous experience with solar panels and data-collection equipment to develop a plan to explore the variable of angle and its affect on power output.

### Wind Turbine Output: The Effect of Load

A load is a device that uses electricity to do work or perform a job when connected to a circuit. A light bulb is an example of a load. If a light bulb is connected to the wind turbine, the electricity generated by the generator can do the work of lighting the light bulb.

In this experiment, you will experiment to find the optimal resistance for the generator in your wind turbine.