STEM Curriculum



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 […]

Space Age Wisdom

Grades: 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Air Systems/Vehicles
Content Area: Craft and Structure, Geometry, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Key Ideas and Details, Production and Distribution of Writing, Range of Writing, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Statistics and Probability, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

In October 2012, a parachute jumper took a leap of science and stepped off a platform from an altitude of close to 24 miles above the Earth’s surface, breaking the 1959 space jump record. The parachute jumper’s team helped him to reach these heights with a helium balloon attached to a space gondola/capsule. Because air […]

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 […]

Surviving the Storm

Grades: 7, 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Expressions and Equations, Forces and Motion, Functions, Geometry, Physical Science, Writing

In this unit, students will compare the structural integrity of various shapes and materials in designing a temporary shelter.  When weather turns extreme, homeless shelters can exceed capacity. In an effort to best prepare homeless shelters to support community homeless needs, students will be tasked to design a temporary structure for a single user. Design […]

Universal Cell Phone Sound Amplifier

Grades: 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Algebra, Contemporary World Issues, Energy and Waves, Geometry, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Key Ideas and Details, Production and Distribution of Writing, Speaking and Listening

Student teams are challenged to create an energy-free speaker system for any hand-held device.  In order to effectively complete the design challenge, students will explore the wave behaviors and transfer of energy in a sound wave.  Students will also analyze the volume of the device and the speaker system as solid figures.  Students will study […]

Stop Stomping on Me

Grades: 6, 7
Industry: Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Contemporary World Issues, Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Earth and Space Sciences, Earth Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Interconnections within Systems, Language, Mathematical Processes, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Order and Organization, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Information Literacy, The Number System, Writing

Student engineering teams assist a city that is building a new soccer field for the World Cup competition.  To protect the city’s precious groundwater, the city requires a field that is as environmentally sustainable as possible, but also meets the needs of professional players.  Students are challenged to design the optimum layered soil arrangement (soil […]

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, […]

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 […]

Using Nanoparticles to Deliver Targeted Chemotherapy Drugs

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine, Sensors
Content Area: Biology, Geometry, Number and Quantity, Speaking and Listening, Technology, Writing

Cancer is a part of our daily lives. The treatment for most cancer patients is usually achieved through aggressive chemotherapy.  Unfortunately this treatment has major side effects as it destroys not only the cancer cells but also the non-cancerous cells around it. Is there a method of treating cancer using nanotechnology to help target just […]

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