STEM Curriculum



Science Rocks

Grades: 6
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Design Process, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Interconnections within Systems, Language, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Speaking and Listening, Technology, Technology and Communication Applications, Technology and Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Writing

Student teams engineer a computer program that sorts rocks bas on properties in order to identify a specific rock within a Rock Family. Teams identify properties of rocks, then utilize a dichotomous key to sort them by the properties. Students collaboratively engineer a PowerPoint with guiding questions to identify each rock type; thereby, generating a […]

Spelling Bee Bumble

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Statistics and Probability

In studies done with pilots testing cockpit displays, lower reaction times (more desirable) were found with chromatic color schemes when compared to monochrome codes. Careful management of color must be utilized to “meet legibility, attention management, and color coding demands” in the new complex cockpit and air traffic control displays. This investigation will help students […]

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 […]

Playground Project

Grades: 6
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Mathematical Processes, Measurement, Number Sense and Operations, Science and Technology, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Technology

In this lesson, students work in small groups to design, plan and create a three-dimensional model of a safe playground. Students will conduct research to determine the specific needs for the playground and design and draw a scale model of their playground which must include a slide, climbing structure, swing set, and at least one […]

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