STEM Curriculum



The Great Space Race

Grades: 5
Industry: Environmental Engineering, Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Engineering, Science and Technology, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Visual Arts, Writing

Students will be able to show their knowledge of the standard by creating various design challenges that show mastery of the standard. The goal of the unit is for students to learn the cycles and patterns of motion between Earth and the Sun, and how seasons result from these cycles and patterns. Students will demonstrate […]

Who You Gonna Call? Mousebusters!

Grades: 7, 8
Industry: Sensors
Content Area: Engineering, Science and Technology

Disruptive and harmful pests are a nuisance and becoming more of a problem as humans continue to develop land that was once their home. Exterminators and pest control professionals need to continue to develop new and humane ways to trap and relocate these critters.  This unit’s focus is the design of an effective and humane […]

Currently Adrift

Grades: 7
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Engineering, Mathematical Processes, Science and Technology, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Writing

Student teams will investigate effects of temperature on water density. Using this knowledge, students will then design a current to carry a raft to a nearby island. Using the video data collected during the design challenge, they will apply ratios and proportions to create a map of the raft’s movement. Teams will then research ocean […]

(S.O.S.) Save Our Snowman

Grades: 1, K
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Counting and Cardinality, Daily and Seasonal Changes, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Geography, Key Ideas and Details, Literature, Measurement and Data, Physical Science, Properties of Everyday Objects and Materials, Science and Technology, Speaking and Listening, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

Have you ever wanted to save a snowman and make it last forever? In this unit the question is posed, “Do you want to keep your snowman?” Students explore the physical properties of materials and how matter can change. More specifically, students explore how the physical properties of water change. When removed from a cooler […]

Rockin’ Music Box

Grades: 5
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Energy, Energy and Waves, Engineering, Number and Operations- Fractions, Physical Science, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, Science and Technology, Writing

As Beethoven once said, “Music can change the world.” In this unit, student design teams use the Engineering Design Process to design a musical instrument that can play Hot Cross Buns. This instrument and its associated design are made with the intent of providing access to music for underprivileged children in diverse areas of the […]

Sunshades and Shadows

Grades: K, Pre K
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Algebra, Craft and Structure, Daily and Seasonal Changes, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Energy, Engineering, Geometry, Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details, Measurement and Data, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Physical Science, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, Speaking and Listening, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

Students participate in hands-on inquiry-based centers and guided activities to increase knowledge of shadows and light.  Students explore and manipulate light, using a light source to simulate the sun at various times of day and observe shadows, create and measure shadows, and test how various types of media block light. Students explore the shadows created […]

Mars Rover: Can You Hear Me? Can You See Me?

Grades: 5
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine, Sensors
Content Area: Contemporary World Issues, Craft and Structure, Design, Design Process, Earth and Space Sciences, Energy and Waves, Engineering, Informational Text, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Interconnections within Systems, Key Ideas and Details, Measurement and Data, Physical Science, Production and Distribution of Writing, Reading: Informational Text, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, Speaking and Listening, Technology, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

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 […]

Pirate Ship Race

Grades: 5, 6
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Engineering, Forces, Forces and Motion, Geography, Geometry, Informational Text, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Interconnections within Systems, Key Ideas and Details, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Order and Organization, Reading: Informational Text, Scientific Inquiry

Teams of student engineers are challenged to design, build and test a prototype pirate ship design.  The prototype ship is tested for its ability to float and to sail around obstacles in a baby pool while carrying a load consisting of a crew, food, and a retrieved hidden treasure. Students use force diagrams to communicate […]

Eco-Park Design

Grades: 4, 5
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Designed World, Earth and Space Sciences, Earth Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Interconnections within Systems, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

In this unit, student design teams create a plan for an Eco Park that achieves multiple goals for their client, International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). Students gain knowledge about the ecology of various ecosystems and explore both positive and negative ways in which humans impact the environment. They brainstorm solutions for reducing detrimental effects […]

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, […]

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