STEM Curriculum



Modeling and Simulation High School Introductory Course

Grades: 10, 11, 12
Industry: Modeling and Simulation
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This high school semester elective course is meant to serve as an introduction to the Modeling and Simulation. Professionals in this highly technical career field are in high demand. The course has been designed as a student-led experience. There are software and hardware requirements as outlined in the pdf file. Additionally, implementation feedback is that […]

Pirate Ship Race

Grades: 5, 6, 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Geometry, Measurement and Data, Order and Organization

Applying and exploring the qualities of buoyancy, surface area, velocity, and volume, students will research, develop, and design a pirate ship in attempt to save the treasure. They will become mechanical and material engineers as they utilize the engineering design process and strive to design a ship that will move a crew, their supplies, and […]

Battery Design Challenge

Grades: 9
Industry: Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Mathematical Processes, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

Batteries are important form of technology for society. Batteries serve as a stored energy source. You can quickly think of multiple instances in where you are dependent on a battery (some examples are: car (electric started), calculator, iPod, hand held video game, smoke detector, or key fob). For engineers at the Air Force Research Labs […]

Eco Park Design

Grades: 4, 5
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Engineering, Geography, Geometry, Interconnections within Systems

In this unit, students will take on the role of environmental engineers, landscape architects, naturalists, and graphic designers as they design an Eco Park that achieves multiple goals for the client, International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). Students will learn about the ecology of different ecosystems and explore ways in which humans impact the environment […]

Magnets Like to Move It, Move It

Grades: 2
Industry: Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Government, History, Measurement and Data, Physical Science, Speaking and Listening

These scientific investigations will engage students in understanding the force of magnetism and how this force can be used for work.  The students will begin the unit by forming generalizations about magnets and their forces through their own knowledge and scientific investigations.  The students will explore the variations between different magnet strengths.  Finally, the students […]

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 […]

Fractured Fairy Tales- Composites to the Rescue!

Grades: K, Pre K
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Counting and Cardinality, Government, Literature, Measurement and Data, Observations of Objects and Materials, Speaking and Listening, Writing

Grades: PreK -K In this unit, students will conduct scientific investigations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem related to the Three Little Pigs. The scientific investigations will engage students in understanding composite materials and how they improve the performance of an end product.  The students will form generalizations using their prior […]

What’s All the Commotion about Erosion

Grades: 4
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Design, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Geography, Measurement and Data, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Speaking and Listening, Writing

Grade: 4 River erosion is the removal of rock material from the banks and bed of a river.  In this unit, students will use a physical model of a river bed to determine the causes of erosion and will brainstorm ways to prevent it within their model.  Concepts of environmental engineering will be applied to […]

Dig Up the Volume

Grades: 5
Industry: Sensors
Content Area: Geometry, Measurement and Data, Nature of Technology, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Society Interaction

In this unit students will be engineering a systematic strategy for determining the volume of several rectangular prisms without actually being able to see them.  Student groups will be given several boxes which contain different sized rectangular prisms.  The lids of these boxes will have a coordinate grid which extends into all four quadrants.  Each […]

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, […]

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