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Grade: 4

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Room Defender

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…
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Eco-Park Design

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…
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Lunchbox of the Future

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…
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What’s All the Commotion about Erosion

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…
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Practical Frac-tile

Students will engineer a functional cafeteria floor plan when given the room’s area as well as specific stationary objects. The created floor plan will show both cafeteria functions (cashier, snack table, silverware station, trash, recycling, etc.) human traffic patterns which will be achieved with the tile patterning. Student engineers will work within a given budget…
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Compressed Air Vehicle

*Please note that while this unit is complete, we are in the process of updating both the curriculum and the standards. This activity will introduce students to the use of compressed air as a means of propulsion.  The goal is to allow students to discover the relationship between the amount of compressed air and the…
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Vehicle Ergonomics: How Big is Big Enough?

Students are challenged to design an ergonomic automobile driver’s seat. They will take into consideration body proportion measurements and comfort for the average-size students in their class.  Students will engineer the seat based on data collected for student population measurements.

Wind Speed

Students will explore wind and its ability to do work.  Over the course of several short lessons students will observe wind in nature using a self-constructed anemometer and Beaufort scale.  Through use of these tools students will measure the wind speed.  Students will also design or use a prefabricated kite to test the winds ability…
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Oil, Oil Everywhere!

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…
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Divisibility Gadget

Students will be given a set of materials to use to design and build a divisibility gadget that communicates (or allows practice of) the divisibility rules and could be used to solve problems.  The gadgets will be given to parents in order to solve math problems created by the students. Number, Number Sense and Operations…
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