STEM Curriculum



Can You Stand on Me?

Grades: 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Contemporary World Issues, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Engineering, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, History, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Literature, Measurement and Data, Nature of Technology, Observations of Objects and Materials, Optimization and Trade-offs, Physical Science, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Reading: Informational Text, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking and Listening, Technical Communication, Technology, Technology and Communication Applications, Technology and Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Writing

Visitors to schools in underdeveloped countries have found that students suffer from a lack of technology. Some students do not even have access to a flat surface on which to write. Service groups and industries in the United States, have shown interest in providing learning materials for students of such schools. When groups ship materials overseas, […]

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 […]

Protected: Engineer a Ball Launcher

Grades: 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Design Process, Designed World, Engineering, Expressions and Equations, Functions, Geometry, Order and Organization, Physical Science, Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Technical Communication, Writing

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Pollution Effects on Plant Growth

Grades: 7, 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Scientific Ways of Knowing

As industries transition from assembly lines to advanced manufacturing, there are more machines being utilized in the manufacturing and assembly process. These machines, as all machines do, require lubricants to run smoothly and efficiently. Owners also use chemical liquids to clean the machines periodically to maintain their performance. Once these lubricants and industrial cleaners are […]

Thermal Insulators

Grades: 5, 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Sensors
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Measurement and Data, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry

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 […]

Design a Backpack

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Engineering, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement, Technology

In this activity, students will be given a specific set of materials to use as they apply their knowledge of surface area and volume to design a net for a prism that could function like a small backpack.  After a pre-activity discussion on surface area and volume, students will address design constraints and the engineering […]

Shake It Up Baby

Grades: 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Design, Functions, Order and Organization, Speaking and Listening, Statistics and Probability, Writing

Student teams are challenged to build a cost-effective base-isolation prototype that will prevent damage to a building in the event of an earthquake. In order to effectively complete the design challenge, students will investigate the causes and effects of earthquakes by researching Earth’s composition, faults, and seismic waves. Teams will then choose a design using […]

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