STEM Curriculum



The Great Space Race

Grades: 5
Industry: Environmental Engineering, Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Engineering, Science and Technology, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Visual Arts, Writing

Students will be able to show their knowledge of the standard by creating various design challenges that show mastery of the standard. The goal of the unit is for students to learn the cycles and patterns of motion between Earth and the Sun, and how seasons result from these cycles and patterns. Students will demonstrate […]

Revamping Recycling

Grades: 1, K
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Mathematical Processes, Science and Technology, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Writing

Our schools throw away so much trash each day and some of it can be easily recycled. Exploring the subject of recycling is a necessary responsibility of our community and by having students delve into the subject, they will begin to become more cognizant of their own responsibility to recycling. The students will research the […]

Reinvention: From Rubbish to Recyclable

Grades: 9
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Physical Science, Visual Arts

Humans create more garbage than is recycled or reused. As a result, landfills are growing in size and number worldwide, many of which are approaching capacity. This presents a significant risk to Earth’s environment as we know it. Though recycling infrastructure and participation have grown around the world, there is still room for growth and […]

Currently Adrift

Grades: 7
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Engineering, Mathematical Processes, Science and Technology, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Writing

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 […]

The Game of Life…Science

Grades: 5
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Environmental Science, Geometry, Interconnections within Systems, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Visual Arts, Writing

Students will learn the 5th grade life science content through a real-world problem: How can a game be designed that simulates the survival of plant and animal populations in an ecosystem as it undergoes environmental changes? Some of the changes that might occur are the introduction of a new population (including invasive species), the removal […]

“Excel”ing After The Apocalypse

Grades: 10, 11, 12
Industry: Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Data Analysis, Environmental Engineering, Statistics
Content Area: Biology, Data Analysis and Probability, Functions, Physical Science, Production and Distribution of Writing, Speaking and Listening, Technology

Congratulations! You are one of the chosen few! The challenge: keep surviving! You are being sent to one of the government designed pods. Everyone in the biosphere has been thoroughly screened and their job assigned. You have been assigned to the civil engineering team and must determine how the land will be divided between housing […]

(S.O.S.) Save Our Snowman

Grades: 1, K
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Counting and Cardinality, Daily and Seasonal Changes, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Geography, Key Ideas and Details, Literature, Measurement and Data, Physical Science, Properties of Everyday Objects and Materials, Science and Technology, Speaking and Listening, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

Have you ever wanted to save a snowman and make it last forever? In this unit the question is posed, “Do you want to keep your snowman?” Students explore the physical properties of materials and how matter can change. More specifically, students explore how the physical properties of water change. When removed from a cooler […]

Sunshades and Shadows

Grades: K, Pre K
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Algebra, Craft and Structure, Daily and Seasonal Changes, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Energy, Engineering, Geometry, Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details, Measurement and Data, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Physical Science, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, Speaking and Listening, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

Students participate in hands-on inquiry-based centers and guided activities to increase knowledge of shadows and light.  Students explore and manipulate light, using a light source to simulate the sun at various times of day and observe shadows, create and measure shadows, and test how various types of media block light. Students explore the shadows created […]

Eco-Park Design

Grades: 4, 5
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Design, Design Process, Designed World, Earth and Space Sciences, Earth Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Interconnections within Systems, Social Studies Skills and Methods, Text Types and Purposes, Writing

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 […]

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 […]

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