STEM Curriculum



“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

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 a self-sustaining system that cycles […]

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 […]

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, […]

Moving On Up

Grades: 11, 12
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Algebra, Contemporary World Issues, Creating Equations, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Physical Science, Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Statistics, Technology, Writing

Teams of students will design and build a model for a transportation system in the Virunga Mountains. Student learning will focus on science (physics of simple machines), math (statistics and modeling), language arts (technical writing) and history (African people and mountain ranges) to solve this problem.

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 […]

Is the Sun Toxic?

Grades: 1, 2, 3
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine, Sensors
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Earth and Space Sciences, Life Science, Measurement and Data, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Technology

Although the sun is the primary source of energy for all life, it can also be considered a toxin.  The essence of this lesson is to have students understand that a toxin is a poisonous substance and that the sun is an example of a toxin. Students will be introduced to other toxins including ones […]

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 […]

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