STEM Curriculum



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 […]

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 […]

Science Rocks

Grades: 6
Industry: Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Design Process, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Interconnections within Systems, Language, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Speaking and Listening, Technology, Technology and Communication Applications, Technology and Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Writing

Student teams engineer a computer program that sorts rocks bas on properties in order to identify a specific rock within a Rock Family. Teams identify properties of rocks, then utilize a dichotomous key to sort them by the properties. Students collaboratively engineer a PowerPoint with guiding questions to identify each rock type; thereby, generating a […]

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

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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