STEM Curriculum



The Body Guardian

Grades: 11, 12
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Algebra, Biology, Design, Functions, Literature, Number and Quantity, Physics, Statistics and Probability

In this unit, students will investigate the effects of an impact force on the human body system, and design a method of protection from harmful contact. Students will apply knowledge of  human tissues and genetic disorders, impact forces and materials analysis to design a protective gear system that can withstand the effects of  multiple impact […]

Up, Up and Away

Grades: 8
Industry: Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Design, Designed World, Forces and Motion, Nature of Technology, Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Statistics and Probability, Technology and Information Literacy, Technology and Society Interaction, Technology for Productivity Applications, Visual Arts

 In this series of investigations, students will develop an understanding of how magnets can be used to move large payloads such as an airplane. The unit will begin with a career connection activity. Next, students will investigate the properties of magnetism through station activities. Data collection and analysis software will be used to investigate the increase in force […]

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 […]

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, […]

Pollution Solution: Community Aquifer Contaminants

Grades: 7
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Expressions and Equations, Order and Organization, Speaking and Listening, Statistics and Probability, Technology, Technology and Information Literacy, Writing

Students will assume the role of an environmental engineering EPA officer for this lesson. They will investigate a contaminated off site residential property and will try to determine the source of contamination. Surrounding the property is Wright Patterson Air Force Base, a dry cleaner, and a corporate farm. Students will investigate contaminants from each of […]

Bending Light to Communicate

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Sensors
Content Area: Algebra, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Functions, Geometry, Nature of Technology, Physical Science, Physics, Reading: Informational Text, Statistics and Probability, Technical Communication, Technology, Technology and Communication Applications, Technology and Information Literacy, Writing

Lasers can be used for many purposes such as targeting and communication. Light is refracted (“bent”) as it travels from one medium to another.  This can be demonstrated by a straw appearing to be “bent” when placed into a glass of water. Throughout this inquiry STEM lesson, student will have students investigate and apply lasers, […]

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.

Umm, You’re eating my trash

Grades: 6, 7, 8
Industry: Agricultural Engineering
Content Area: Expressions and Equations, Functions, Nature of Technology, Order and Organization, Statistics and Probability, Technology and Communication Applications, Technology and Society Interaction, The Number System, Writing

Through inquiry-based learning, students are able to experience and investigate the biogeochemical cycles.  They utilize the engineering design process in order to design and construct compost bins.  They also design a method for scientifically testing the validity of snack food companies’ advertisements that their packages are manufactured with 100% compostable materials.  Throughout the composting process, […]

Spelling Bee Bumble

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Statistics and Probability

In studies done with pilots testing cockpit displays, lower reaction times (more desirable) were found with chromatic color schemes when compared to monochrome codes. Careful management of color must be utilized to “meet legibility, attention management, and color coding demands” in the new complex cockpit and air traffic control displays. This investigation will help students […]

Would You Drink THAT?

Grades: 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Design, Language, Order and Organization, Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Statistics and Probability, Writing

Students are challenged to engineer an effective water filtration system that will assist victims of natural disasters.  They will investigate the hydrologic cycle, the effects natural disasters and contaminated water have on living organisms, and compare the body systems of various organisms while testing the effectiveness of their team’s filtration system.  After filtering contaminated water, […]

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