STEM Curriculum



Saving Runaway Gramps

Grades: 6
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Civil Engineering
Content Area: Expressions and Equations, Key Ideas and Details, Physical Science, Visual Arts, Writing

Students are engaged to consider the challenges faced by people in wheelchairs and develop remedial strategies following engineering design. While modern building designs follow specific regulations to provide safe accessibility to wheelchairs, many older neighborhoods still contain designs inaccessible and dangerous for people in wheelchairs. For example, many ramp designs have slopes too large or […]

Eco-Shipping

Grades: 6
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Engineering, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Mathematical Processes, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Observations of Objects and Materials, Observations of the Environment, Order and Organization, Physical Science, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Reading: Informational Text, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Communication Applications, Visual Arts, Writing

Student teams utilize the engineering process to build an eco-friendly, cost-effective packaging prototype for shipping products.  In order to effectively complete the design challenge, students research recyclable packaging options for diminishing the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill.  Teams follow the engineering design process to design a prototype, and utilize a Decision Analysis […]

Fire Safety Impact Systems

Grades: 6, 7, 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine, Sensors
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Engineering, Expressions and Equations, Nature of Technology, Physical Science, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Reading: Informational Text, Writing

In this unit, students will explore the relationships between force, motion, and gravity as they team up with Underwriters Laboratories to create a prototype for use in emergency situations, such as a house fire, to break a person’s fall. Teams of students will work collaboratively to employ the engineering design process as they design an […]

Engineering Community Gardens

Grades: 6, 7, 8
Industry:
Content Area: Engineering, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Physical Science, Scientific Inquiry, Technology

In partnership with an NSF:RET grant and the University of Dayton the Dayton Regional STEM Center presents the following unit. In this lesson student are given specific constraints in which they apply energy transformations while designing a water collection and transport system.  Teams of students will collaborate to assist community gardeners, especially the handicap, collect […]

Nature of Flight

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
Industry: Air Systems/Vehicles, Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Engineering, Life Science, Mathematical Processes, Measurement, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Speaking and Listening, Technical Communication, Technology, Writing

The lesson will focus on how the principles of flight are demonstrated in nature and how nature can provide models for man-made air vehicles.  Mankind has learned (and is learning) a great deal by observing living organisms in attempt to replicate their physical abilities.  The intent of this lesson is to leverage the students’ interest […]

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