As we proceed into the future, space exploration is becoming an essential part of our own growth as humans. Space exploration requires innovative, creative, adaptable people to develop the technology necessary for these grand endeavors into new environments. Specifically, the first settlers on Mars will have to use technology developed on Earth in order to […]

# STEM Curriculum

## Dig Up the Volume

In this unit students will be engineering a systematic strategy for determining the volume of several rectangular prisms without actually being able to see them. Student groups will be given several boxes which contain different sized rectangular prisms. The lids of these boxes will have a coordinate grid which extends into all four quadrants. Each […]

## Let It Shine

This investigation is to introduce/solidify students’ working knowledge of sorting and classification. Through this process students will investigate light transmittance through everyday objects. The students will perform a simple flashlight test to classify objects into three predetermined groups; that of transparent, translucent, and opaque. Students will create class graphs to represent the discoveries. An in […]

## Is the Sun Toxic?

Although the sun is the primary source of energy for all life, it can also be considered a toxin. The essence of this lesson is to have students understand that a toxin is a poisonous substance and that the sun is an example of a toxin. Students will be introduced to other toxins including ones […]

## Thermal Insulators

Students will explore thermal insulators through a design challenge in which students study and test insulative properties of common materials after which they will conduct data analysis and use their findings to propose a solution for the design challenge. This lesson includes a student designed experiment as well as a structured experiment. If you have […]