STEM Curriculum



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 […]

Universal Cell Phone Sound Amplifier

Grades: 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Algebra, Contemporary World Issues, Energy and Waves, Geometry, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Key Ideas and Details, Production and Distribution of Writing, Speaking and Listening

Student teams are challenged to create an energy-free speaker system for any hand-held device.  In order to effectively complete the design challenge, students will explore the wave behaviors and transfer of energy in a sound wave.  Students will also analyze the volume of the device and the speaker system as solid figures.  Students will study […]

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 […]

Can You Stand on Me?

Grades: 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Contemporary World Issues, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Engineering, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, History, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Literature, Measurement and Data, Nature of Technology, Observations of Objects and Materials, Optimization and Trade-offs, Physical Science, 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, Visual Arts, Writing

Visitors to schools in underdeveloped countries have found that students suffer from a lack of technology. Some students do not even have access to a flat surface on which to write. Service groups and industries in the United States, have shown interest in providing learning materials for students of such schools. When groups ship materials overseas, […]

Eco-Shipping

Grades: 6
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Engineering, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Mathematical Processes, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Observations of Objects and Materials, Observations of the Environment, Order and Organization, Physical Science, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Reading: Informational Text, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Communication Applications, Visual Arts, Writing

Student teams utilize the engineering process to build an eco-friendly, cost-effective packaging prototype for shipping products.  In order to effectively complete the design challenge, students research recyclable packaging options for diminishing the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill.  Teams follow the engineering design process to design a prototype, and utilize a Decision Analysis […]

“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

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 a self-sustaining system that cycles […]

Pirate Ship Race

Grades: 5, 6, 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Geometry, Measurement and Data, Order and Organization

Applying and exploring the qualities of buoyancy, surface area, velocity, and volume, students will research, develop, and design a pirate ship in attempt to save the treasure. They will become mechanical and material engineers as they utilize the engineering design process and strive to design a ship that will move a crew, their supplies, and […]

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 […]

Fractured Fairy Tales- Composites to the Rescue!

Grades: K, Pre K
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Counting and Cardinality, Government, Literature, Measurement and Data, Observations of Objects and Materials, Speaking and Listening, Writing

Grades: PreK -K In this unit, students will conduct scientific investigations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem related to the Three Little Pigs. The scientific investigations will engage students in understanding composite materials and how they improve the performance of an end product.  The students will form generalizations using their prior […]

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, […]

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