This lesson plan from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry explores the history of piezoelectricity, with hands-on examples of how it’s used, models of why it happens, and how it is applied in nanotechnology. Pressing on the piezoelectric buzzer in the background causes a current to flow and the neon bulb in the foreground to glow.
This website is a place for teachers to share project based high school curriculum. These activities, resources and assessments can be adapted for the middle school level also. Areas include: -Visual & Performing Arts, -Science, -Language Arts, -Social Studies, -Mathematics, -Digital Design, and -World Language.
This website from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College features an animation of a buck converter. A buck converter is a step-down DC to DC converter. Its design is similar to the step-up boost converter, and like the boost converter it is a switched-mode power supply that uses two switches (a transistor and a diode), an inductor and a capacitor.
This site is the electronic version of a magazine for engineers and technicians. It has useful projects and information concerning the latest technologies. In particular it highlights "noteworthy design projects from the best and the brightest engineering students from around the world."