Dayton Regional STEM Center
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Grade: 7

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Who You Gonna Call? Mousebusters!

Disruptive and harmful pests are a nuisance and becoming more of a problem as humans continue to develop land that was once their home. Exterminators and pest control professionals need to continue to develop new and humane ways to trap and relocate these critters.  This unit’s focus is the design of an effective and humane…
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Currently Adrift

Student teams will investigate effects of temperature on water density. Using this knowledge, students will then design a current to carry a raft to a nearby island. Using the video data collected during the design challenge, they will apply ratios and proportions to create a map of the raft’s movement. Teams will then research ocean…
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Space Age Wisdom

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…
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Pollution Solution: Community Aquifer Contaminants

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…
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Stop Stomping on Me

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…
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“Fish-y” Gardening

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…
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Fire Safety Impact Systems

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…
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Around the Windows: Looking Through Stained Glass

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.…
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Launch into Energy Transformations

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…
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Pollution Effects on Plant Growth

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…
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