STEM Curriculum



The Great Space Race

Grades: 5
Industry: Environmental Engineering, Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Engineering, Science and Technology, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Visual Arts, Writing

Students will be able to show their knowledge of the standard by creating various design challenges that show mastery of the standard. The goal of the unit is for students to learn the cycles and patterns of motion between Earth and the Sun, and how seasons result from these cycles and patterns. Students will demonstrate […]

Who You Gonna Call? Mousebusters!

Grades: 7, 8
Industry: Sensors
Content Area: Engineering, Science and Technology

Disruptive and harmful pests are a nuisance and becoming more of a problem as humans continue to develop land that was once their home. Exterminators and pest control professionals need to continue to develop new and humane ways to trap and relocate these critters.  This unit’s focus is the design of an effective and humane […]

Revamping Recycling

Grades: 1, K
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Mathematical Processes, Science and Technology, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Writing

Our schools throw away so much trash each day and some of it can be easily recycled. Exploring the subject of recycling is a necessary responsibility of our community and by having students delve into the subject, they will begin to become more cognizant of their own responsibility to recycling. The students will research the […]

Reinvention: From Rubbish to Recyclable

Grades: 9
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Physical Science, Visual Arts

Humans create more garbage than is recycled or reused. As a result, landfills are growing in size and number worldwide, many of which are approaching capacity. This presents a significant risk to Earth’s environment as we know it. Though recycling infrastructure and participation have grown around the world, there is still room for growth and […]

Currently Adrift

Grades: 7
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Engineering, Mathematical Processes, Science and Technology, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Writing

Student teams will investigate effects of temperature on water density. Using this knowledge, students will then design a current to carry a raft to a nearby island. Using the video data collected during the design challenge, they will apply ratios and proportions to create a map of the raft’s movement. Teams will then research ocean […]

Next Generation Super Hero

Grades: 10, 8, 9
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Biology, Craft and Structure, Genetics, Statistics

Student teams are challenged to genetically alter a Superhero so that the Superhero is able to conquer a major disaster facing the nation. In order to effectively overcome the disaster, students will acquire knowledge of the disaster and the skills needed to be successful. Then, student groups will be provided with a list of potential […]

Saving Runaway Gramps

Grades: 6
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Civil Engineering
Content Area: Expressions and Equations, Key Ideas and Details, Physical Science, Visual Arts, Writing

Students are engaged to consider the challenges faced by people in wheelchairs and develop remedial strategies following engineering design. While modern building designs follow specific regulations to provide safe accessibility to wheelchairs, many older neighborhoods still contain designs inaccessible and dangerous for people in wheelchairs. For example, many ramp designs have slopes too large or […]

The Game of Life…Science

Grades: 5
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Environmental Science, Geometry, Interconnections within Systems, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Visual Arts, Writing

Students will learn the 5th grade life science content through a real-world problem: How can a game be designed that simulates the survival of plant and animal populations in an ecosystem as it undergoes environmental changes? Some of the changes that might occur are the introduction of a new population (including invasive species), the removal […]

Room Defender

Grades: 3, 4
Industry: Power and Propulsion, Sensors
Content Area: Economics, Energy, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Science and Technology, Speaking and Listening, Writing

In this unit, students will be exploring electricity by creating a circuit that is capable of performing multiple functions independently and will market their created product. Electricity is an essential tool for modern living, and a basic understanding of circuits can empower your students. The study of electricity can lead to a better understanding of […]

“Excel”ing After The Apocalypse

Grades: 10, 11, 12
Industry: Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Data Analysis, Environmental Engineering, Statistics
Content Area: Biology, Data Analysis and Probability, Functions, Physical Science, Production and Distribution of Writing, Speaking and Listening, Technology

Congratulations! You are one of the chosen few! The challenge: keep surviving! You are being sent to one of the government designed pods. Everyone in the biosphere has been thoroughly screened and their job assigned. You have been assigned to the civil engineering team and must determine how the land will be divided between housing […]

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