STEM Curriculum



Eco Park Design

Grades: 4, 5
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Engineering, Geography, Geometry, Interconnections within Systems

In this unit, students will take on the role of environmental engineers, landscape architects, naturalists, and graphic designers as they design an Eco Park that achieves multiple goals for the client, International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). Students will learn about the ecology of different ecosystems and explore ways in which humans impact the environment […]

What’s All the Commotion about Erosion

Grades: 4
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Design, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Geography, Measurement and Data, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Speaking and Listening, Writing

Grade: 4 River erosion is the removal of rock material from the banks and bed of a river.  In this unit, students will use a physical model of a river bed to determine the causes of erosion and will brainstorm ways to prevent it within their model.  Concepts of environmental engineering will be applied to […]

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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It’s NOT Easy Being Green Algae!

Grades: 10, 11
Industry: Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Contemporary World Issues, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Earth Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Government, Life Science, Reading: Informational Text, Statistics, Technology, Visual Arts, Writing

After being initially exposed to the basics of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, student teams design an algae growth chamber focusing primarily on producing large quantities of algae.  Teams collect and measure algae on a daily basis, and research uses of algae for a sustainable fuel source.  In order to inform the public about the potential […]

Around the Windows: Looking Through Stained Glass

Grades: 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Energy and Waves, Engineering, Environmental Science, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, History, Physical Science, Reading: Informational Text, Technical Communication, Technology, Writing

Students ware engaged in various inquiries to build an understanding of wavelengths and energy transfer.  They also incorporate geometry, problem solving, writing, early civilization influences, and technology skills.  Teams of students create a stained glass window jar in order to discover which light wave is most efficient in reducing the effect of the classroom temperature. […]

Mission Survival

Grades: 10
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Engineering, Life Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Technology

In this unit, students will investigate the concepts of genetic mutation and genetic engineering.  They will construct a phylogenetic tree based upon genomic point mutations, research genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms, participate in a class debate, and create a persuasive artifact on the ethics of genetic engineering. To Download this unit, you MUST download […]

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 […]

Warm Home Solar Style

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Engineering, Measurement, Number Sense and Operations, Science and Technology, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Technology

Students will investigate and explore the use of solar energy as a means to heat a home.  In order to understand how solar energy can be harnessed, students will define solar energy, explore photovoltaic cells, and investigate passive solar energy.  After gaining understanding about the concepts of solar energy, students will build a solar-heated model […]

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 […]

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