STEM Curriculum



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 […]

Protecting Precious Cargo

Grades: 5
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Design, Economics, Informational Text, Measurement and Data, Physical Science, Speaking and Listening, Technology, Writing

In most car accidents, the bumper is the first point of impact and defense. The better the bumper is designed, the less possibility for damage and injury. Impact barriers, such as the barrels you see at a highway exit or the barriers separating oncoming traffic, are also important for limiting vehicle damage or human injuries. […]

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, […]

Little Red(?) Running Vest

Grades: K, Pre K
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Engineering, Key Ideas and Details, Literature, Measurement and Data, Physical Science, Properties of Everyday Objects and Materials, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Speaking and Listening, Technology, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

Students conduct scientific investigations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem related to an adaptation of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The scientific investigations engage students in gaining knowledge about light and sound, materials, data collection and analysis, and human performance. Students create and test their own safety vest for […]

Humpty Dumpty: Stay on the Wall!

Grades: K, Pre K
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Counting and Cardinality, Daily and Seasonal Changes, Government, Language, Literature, Measurement and Data, Observations of Objects and Materials, Observations of the Environment, Properties of Everyday Objects and Materials, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Society Interaction, Writing

Preschool and Kindergarten Unit In this unit, students will conduct scientific investigations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem related to the nursery rhyme: “Humpty Dumpty”. The scientific investigations will engage students in understanding weather patterns, recognizing signs of impending weather, sorting and describing materials, and building strong structures. The students will […]

Light, Color, Race

Grades: 5
Industry: Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Number and Operations in Base Ten, Physical Science, Speaking and Listening, Writing

Students will use the Engineering Design Process to develop experiments to test various colors, the behavior of light, and different materials to see how these materials affect the speed of the solar car. Students will adapt a basic solar-powered vehicle in order to control the car’s speed. Students will work in Engineering Design Teams to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Concussions are a headache

Grades: 11, 12
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Algebra, and Motion, Conditional Probability & the Rules of Probability, Creating Equations, Energy, Physics, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, Speaking and Listening, Text Types and Purposes

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are a crucial, yet little understood part of our everyday lives. MEMS are very small devices which can be found in printers, air bags, smartphones, game controllers, TVs, and many other types of household items. This STEM unit will introduce students to the world of MEMS through a very important type of MEMS – […]

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