STEM Curriculum



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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Security Alert

Grades: 10, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Sensors
Content Area: Building Functions, Design, Energy and Waves, Quantities, Speaking and Listening, Visual Arts, Writing

Teams of students are presented with a scenario in which they are employees at a local museum. Each team member assumes a different jobs within the museum and completes research based on that role. Teams are tasked to boost museum attendance at their museum by acquiring an exhibition from the Smithsonian SITES program. Their task […]

Let’s Heat Things Up

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Sensors
Content Area: Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

This activity will explore heat transfer and temperature conversion.  Students will conduct Internet based inquiries on conduction, convection, and radiation to understand a thermal sensor lab.  Use of the data collected from this lab will be implemented in the investigation, design, and testing of solar cooker.  Through a provided scenario students employ their knowledge to […]

Sterilization Station

Grades: 10, 9
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Life Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry

Bacterial and fungal spores are all around us every day. Most of the bacteria that we encounter are not harmful to us but a few are and these can lead to undesirable, even fatal, outcomes. In this activity, students will design and construct a container with a germ free environment and will then test to […]

Dyes that Bind

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Chemistry, Contemporary World Issues, Design, Geometry, Number and Quantity, Physical Science, Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Writing

In this unit, students will investigate different types of solvents and their effects upon ink and dye solubility in order to create designs for a student artifact.  They will explore basic chemistry principles and mathematics to design and create a t-shirt, book mark, class quilt, or other artifact that will inspire nonviolence in their community. […]

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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