STEM Curriculum



Space Age Wisdom

Grades: 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Air Systems/Vehicles
Content Area: Craft and Structure, Geometry, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Key Ideas and Details, Production and Distribution of Writing, Range of Writing, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Statistics and Probability, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

In October 2012, a parachute jumper took a leap of science and stepped off a platform from an altitude of close to 24 miles above the Earth’s surface, breaking the 1959 space jump record. The parachute jumper’s team helped him to reach these heights with a helium balloon attached to a space gondola/capsule. Because air […]

Pollution Solution: Community Aquifer Contaminants

Grades: 7
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Expressions and Equations, Order and Organization, Speaking and Listening, Statistics and Probability, Technology, Technology and Information Literacy, Writing

Students will assume the role of an environmental engineering EPA officer for this lesson. They will investigate a contaminated off site residential property and will try to determine the source of contamination. Surrounding the property is Wright Patterson Air Force Base, a dry cleaner, and a corporate farm. Students will investigate contaminants from each of […]

Surviving the Storm

Grades: 7, 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Expressions and Equations, Forces and Motion, Functions, Geometry, Physical Science, Writing

In this unit, students will compare the structural integrity of various shapes and materials in designing a temporary shelter.  When weather turns extreme, homeless shelters can exceed capacity. In an effort to best prepare homeless shelters to support community homeless needs, students will be tasked to design a temporary structure for a single user. Design […]

Stop Stomping on Me

Grades: 6, 7
Industry: Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Contemporary World Issues, Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Earth and Space Sciences, Earth Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Interconnections within Systems, Language, Mathematical Processes, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Order and Organization, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Information Literacy, The Number System, Writing

Student engineering teams assist a city that is building a new soccer field for the World Cup competition.  To protect the city’s precious groundwater, the city requires a field that is as environmentally sustainable as possible, but also meets the needs of professional players.  Students are challenged to design the optimum layered soil arrangement (soil […]

“Fish-y” Gardening

Grades: 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Earth and Space Sciences, Earth Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Interconnections within Systems, Life Science, Mathematical Processes, Measurement and Data, Nature of Technology, Order and Organization, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Reading: Informational Text, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking and Listening, Technical Communication, Technology, Technology and Communication Applications, Technology and Information Literacy, Writing

In this 7th grade unit, student teams design and construct a small/micro-scale symbiotic aquaponic system that can be used by populations lacking natural resources needed to provide and cultivate a sustainable, nutrient-rich food source. This unit engages students in participating in an engineering design challenge in which they create a viable farming method consisting of […]

Fire Safety Impact Systems

Grades: 6, 7, 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine, Sensors
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Engineering, Expressions and Equations, Nature of Technology, Physical Science, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Reading: Informational Text, Writing

In this unit, students will explore the relationships between force, motion, and gravity as they team up with Underwriters Laboratories to create a prototype for use in emergency situations, such as a house fire, to break a person’s fall. Teams of students will work collaboratively to employ the engineering design process as they design an […]

Around the Windows: Looking Through Stained Glass

Grades: 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Energy and Waves, Engineering, Environmental Science, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, History, Physical Science, Reading: Informational Text, Technical Communication, Technology, Writing

Students ware engaged in various inquiries to build an understanding of wavelengths and energy transfer.  They also incorporate geometry, problem solving, writing, early civilization influences, and technology skills.  Teams of students create a stained glass window jar in order to discover which light wave is most efficient in reducing the effect of the classroom temperature. […]

Launch into Energy Transformations

Grades: 6, 7
Industry: Air Systems/Vehicles
Content Area: Expressions and Equations, Nature of Technology, Order and Organization, Writing

Students assume the role of propulsion engineers and aerodynamicists on collaborative Air Vehicle teams.  They are challenged to employ the iterative nature of the engineering design process to design, build, and test a nose cone system for a air pressurized-air and water fueled soda bottle rocket.  Students will conduct research based on their role, utilize […]

Pollution Effects on Plant Growth

Grades: 7, 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Scientific Ways of Knowing

As industries transition from assembly lines to advanced manufacturing, there are more machines being utilized in the manufacturing and assembly process. These machines, as all machines do, require lubricants to run smoothly and efficiently. Owners also use chemical liquids to clean the machines periodically to maintain their performance. Once these lubricants and industrial cleaners are […]

Umm, You’re eating my trash

Grades: 6, 7, 8
Industry: Agricultural Engineering
Content Area: Expressions and Equations, Functions, Nature of Technology, Order and Organization, Statistics and Probability, Technology and Communication Applications, Technology and Society Interaction, The Number System, Writing

Through inquiry-based learning, students are able to experience and investigate the biogeochemical cycles.  They utilize the engineering design process in order to design and construct compost bins.  They also design a method for scientifically testing the validity of snack food companies’ advertisements that their packages are manufactured with 100% compostable materials.  Throughout the composting process, […]

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