Dayton Regional STEM Center
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200 S. Keowee St. Dayton, OH 45402

Content Area: Scientific Inquiry

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Nature of Flight

The lesson will focus on how the principles of flight are demonstrated in nature and how nature can provide models for man-made air vehicles.  Mankind has learned (and is learning) a great deal by observing living organisms in attempt to replicate their physical abilities.  The intent of this lesson is to leverage the students’ interest…
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Water, a Precious Resource

Students will learn that Earth’s capacity to absorb and recycle water naturally can be altered by the actions of humans and technology. In this lesson students will learn that people and their actions can harm our drinking water supply. Students should get a clear understanding that what happens above the ground can potentially end up…
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David & Kayleen Explore Sound

In this activity the students will: explore volume and pitch through their interactions with sound tools; use sound meters to record sound levels of noises they commonly hear to learn that the volume of sound can be measured in decibels; observe an object vibrating and hear the sound it generates; explore that the same vibrating…
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Tires or Tracks

Tires and Tracks Build Instructions Physical Science Grade band 3-5 – Benchmark C: Describe the forces that directly affect objects and their motion. Science and Technology Grade band 3-5 – Benchmark B:  Describe and illustrate the design process. Scientific Inquiry Grade band 3-5 – Benchmark B:  Organize and evaluate observations, measurements and other data to…
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Cupcake Wars

In this activity, the students will explore and understand the assembly line process by engineering a cupcake decorating assembly and packaging line.  By setting up an organized, well-thought out assembly line, students will learn how time, cost, and quality can be affected.  Certain aspects of the assembly line will be explored, such as increasing production…
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Madness in March

March Madness is an exciting time of year when the best college basketball teams square off for a final tournament. Many students are enthralled by the games and become energized by basketball.  This lesson begins by having student view a short video clip, “One Shining Moment” from the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. Students will then…
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Let’s Generate

This lesson compliments the Dayton Regional STEM Center lesson titled Electric Motors (designed for grade 11). Students will dissemble a toy motor in order to understand the transformation of kinetic energy to mechanical energy.  Through experimentation and research students will discover how to turn their motor into a wind generator.  Students will then study the…
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Target Practice

In this activity students investigate and research the reflection and refraction of light. The speed of light will be altered by creating multiple scenarios where the light must pass through a variety of media.  Through the use of a variety of objects students will learn about reflection and refraction of light. Physical Sciences Grade 5…
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Electric Motors

In electric vehicles, electric motors take the place of gasoline engines as a means of propulsion.  Electric motors can be used both for propulsion and for braking.  When you put electrical energy into an electric motor it converts the electrical energy into mechanical energy and can be used to propel a vehicle.  When you want…
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