TAO 2016 included a set of lessons that would expose local high school students to engineering and how it might apply to the concept of sustainable development on Rapa Nui. Each of the twelve lessons included hands-on activities, so that students were working together to design, disassemble, reassemble, build, improve, and tinker with a variety of systems and machines.

Specifically, students set out to explore different forms of energy and methods of converting energy from one form to another
Students who participated in the engineering curriculum designed a small-scale desalination system, visited the diesel energy plant on the island, built a bicycle-powered generator, and designed and assembled a wind turbine made entirely from recycled materials on the island.
We found the engineering curriculum to be an ideal complement to the traditional archaeology curriculum, and that students benefited greatly from an immersive, hands-on approach.