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Content Area: Functions

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

“Excel”ing After The Apocalypse

“Excel”ing After The Apocalypse 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…
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The Body Guardian

The Body Guardian In this unit, students will investigate the effects of an impact force on the human body system, and design a method of protection from harmful contact. Students will apply knowledge of human tissues and genetic disorders, impact forces, and materials analysis to design a protective gear system that can withstand the effects…
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Droppin’ the Beat

Droppin’ the Beat In this unit, students explore the ways to dampen, mask, or stop a sound wave from propagating into a system (or material) and the surrounding environment. Students research and explore how sound waves are propagated and transmitted through various media. In the engineering design challenge, students will use their acquired knowledge to…
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Surviving the Storm

In this unit, students will compare the structural integrity of various shapes and materials in designing a temporary shelter.  When the 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.…
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Bending Light to Communicate

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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Protected: Engineer a Ball Launcher

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Umm, You’re eating my trash

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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Shake It Up Baby

Student teams are challenged to build a cost-effective base-isolation prototype that will prevent damage to a building in the event of an earthquake. In order to effectively complete the design challenge, students will investigate the causes and effects of earthquakes by researching Earth’s composition, faults, and seismic waves. Teams will then choose a design using…
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