STEM Curriculum



Lunchbox of the Future

Grades: 3, 4
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Economics, Engineering, Interconnections within Systems, Language, Measurement and Data, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Speaking and Listening, Technology

Working people, school children, and others pack meals to take with them that will be eaten later in the day, however there may not be access to refrigeration or the capability to heat their food.  Students will design and build a lunchbox that will maintain two different temperatures in different sections of the lunchbox. Students […]

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 […]

Oil, Oil Everywhere!

Grades: 3, 4, 5
Industry: Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Earth and Space Sciences, Life Science, Mathematical Processes, Measurement and Data, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number Sense and Operations, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

Students inquire how to stop an oil leak in a model of the BP oil leak in the Gulf by simulating the situation in a 10 gallon aquarium.  Students generate potential solutions, which are then tested and redesigned.  Students learn about natural factors involved in this real life situation and scenario including ocean depth, properties of […]

David & Kayleen Explore Sound

Grades: 1, 2, 3
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Engineering, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Technology

In this activity the students will: explore volume and pitch through their interactions with sound tools; use sound meters to record sound levels of noises they commonly hear to learn that the volume of sound can be measured in decibels; observe an object vibrating and hear the sound it generates; explore that the same vibrating […]

Tires or Tracks

Grades: 3, 4, 5
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Technology

Tires and Tracks Build Instructions Physical Science Grade band 3-5 – Benchmark C: Describe the forces that directly affect objects and their motion. Science and Technology Grade band 3-5 – Benchmark B:  Describe and illustrate the design process. Scientific Inquiry Grade band 3-5 – Benchmark B:  Organize and evaluate observations, measurements and other data to […]

Cupcake Wars

Grades: 3
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

In this activity, the students will explore and understand the assembly line process by engineering a cupcake decorating assembly and packaging line.  By setting up an organized, well-thought out assembly line, students will learn how time, cost, and quality can be affected.  Certain aspects of the assembly line will be explored, such as increasing production […]

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