STEM Curriculum



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 […]

“Fish-y” Gardening

Grades: 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Earth and Space Sciences, Earth Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Interconnections within Systems, Life Science, Mathematical Processes, Measurement and Data, Nature of Technology, Order and Organization, 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, Writing

In this 7th grade unit, student teams design and construct a small/micro-scale symbiotic aquaponic system that can be used by populations lacking natural resources needed to provide and cultivate a sustainable, nutrient-rich food source. This unit engages students in participating in an engineering design challenge in which they create a viable farming method consisting of […]

Magnets Like to Move It, Move It

Grades: 2
Industry: Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Government, History, Measurement and Data, Physical Science, Speaking and Listening

These scientific investigations will engage students in understanding the force of magnetism and how this force can be used for work.  The students will begin the unit by forming generalizations about magnets and their forces through their own knowledge and scientific investigations.  The students will explore the variations between different magnet strengths.  Finally, the students […]

Fractured Fairy Tales- Composites to the Rescue!

Grades: K, Pre K
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Counting and Cardinality, Government, Literature, Measurement and Data, Observations of Objects and Materials, Speaking and Listening, Writing

Grades: PreK -K In this unit, students will conduct scientific investigations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem related to the Three Little Pigs. The scientific investigations will engage students in understanding composite materials and how they improve the performance of an end product.  The students will form generalizations using their prior […]

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 […]

Dig Up the Volume

Grades: 5
Industry: Sensors
Content Area: Geometry, Measurement and Data, Nature of Technology, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Society Interaction

In this unit students will be engineering a systematic strategy for determining the volume of several rectangular prisms without actually being able to see them.  Student groups will be given several boxes which contain different sized rectangular prisms.  The lids of these boxes will have a coordinate grid which extends into all four quadrants.  Each […]

Practical Frac-tile

Grades: 4, 5
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Design Process, Measurement and Data, Number and Operations- Fractions, Optimization and Trade-offs, Speaking and Listening, Technical Communication

Students will engineer a functional cafeteria floor plan when given the room’s area as well as specific stationary objects. The created floor plan will show both cafeteria functions (cashier, snack table, silverware station, trash, recycling, etc.) human traffic patterns which will be achieved with the tile patterning. Student engineers will work within a given budget […]

Compressed Air Vehicle

Grades: 4
Industry: Air Systems/Vehicles, Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement and Data, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

*Please note that while this unit is complete, we are in the process of updating both the curriculum and the standards. This activity will introduce students to the use of compressed air as a means of propulsion.  The goal is to allow students to discover the relationship between the amount of compressed air and the […]

Vehicle Ergonomics: How Big is Big Enough?

Grades: 4, 5, 6
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Measurement and Data, Nature of Technology, Statistics and Probability, Technology and Society Interaction

Students are challenged to design an ergonomic automobile driver’s seat. They will take into consideration body proportion measurements and comfort for the average-size students in their class.  Students will engineer the seat based on data collected for student population measurements.

Let It Shine

Grades: 1, 2, K
Industry: Sensors
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement and Data, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

This investigation is to introduce/solidify students’ working knowledge of sorting and classification.  Through this process students will investigate light transmittance through everyday objects.  The students will perform a simple flashlight test to classify objects into three predetermined groups; that of transparent, translucent, and opaque.  Students will create class graphs to represent the discoveries.  An in […]

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