STEM Curriculum



“Excel”ing After The Apocalypse

Grades: 10, 11, 12
Industry: Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Data Analysis, Environmental Engineering, Statistics
Content Area: Biology, Data Analysis and Probability, Functions, Physical Science, Production and Distribution of Writing, Speaking and Listening, Technology

Congratulations! You are one of the chosen few! The challenge: keep surviving! You are being sent to one of the government designed pods. Everyone in the biosphere has been thoroughly screened and their job assigned. You have been assigned to the civil engineering team and must determine how the land will be divided between housing […]

Droppin’ the Beat

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Sensors
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Energy and Waves, Engineering, Functions, Physical Science, Physics, Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities, Science and Technology, Speaking and Listening, Statistics and Probability, Technology, Writing

In this unit, students explore the ways to dampen, mask, or stop a sound wave from propagating into a system (or material) and the surrounding environment. Students research and explore how sound waves are propagated and transmitted through various media. In the engineering design challenge, students will use their acquired knowledge to construct a portable, […]

Bending Light to Communicate

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Sensors
Content Area: Algebra, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Functions, Geometry, Nature of Technology, Physical Science, Physics, Reading: Informational Text, Statistics and Probability, Technical Communication, Technology, Technology and Communication Applications, Technology and Information Literacy, Writing

Lasers can be used for many purposes such as targeting and communication. Light is refracted (“bent”) as it travels from one medium to another.  This can be demonstrated by a straw appearing to be “bent” when placed into a glass of water. Throughout this inquiry STEM lesson, student will have students investigate and apply lasers, […]

Moving On Up

Grades: 11, 12
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Algebra, Contemporary World Issues, Creating Equations, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Physical Science, Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Statistics, Technology, Writing

Teams of students will design and build a model for a transportation system in the Virunga Mountains. Student learning will focus on science (physics of simple machines), math (statistics and modeling), language arts (technical writing) and history (African people and mountain ranges) to solve this problem.

Electric Vehicle: Body Design

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Engineering, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Technology

This lesson is designed to be done independently, consecutively, or concurrently with the Rolling Resistance, Transmission, Electric Power Source, and Electric Motor Lessons for the Electric Vehicle (EV) Unit. Power efficiency is the goal of all good environmentally conscious designs. As you will see throughout the EV unit, there are many factors that influence this […]

Let’s Heat Things Up

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Sensors
Content Area: Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

This activity will explore heat transfer and temperature conversion.  Students will conduct Internet based inquiries on conduction, convection, and radiation to understand a thermal sensor lab.  Use of the data collected from this lab will be implemented in the investigation, design, and testing of solar cooker.  Through a provided scenario students employ their knowledge to […]

Dyes that Bind

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Chemistry, Contemporary World Issues, Design, Geometry, Number and Quantity, Physical Science, Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Writing

In this unit, students will investigate different types of solvents and their effects upon ink and dye solubility in order to create designs for a student artifact.  They will explore basic chemistry principles and mathematics to design and create a t-shirt, book mark, class quilt, or other artifact that will inspire nonviolence in their community. […]

Madness in March

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Measurement, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Physical Science, Scientific Inquiry, Technology

March Madness is an exciting time of year when the best college basketball teams square off for a final tournament. Many students are enthralled by the games and become energized by basketball.  This lesson begins by having student view a short video clip, “One Shining Moment” from the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. Students will then […]

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