Dayton Regional STEM Center
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Content Area: Science and Technology

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Oil, Oil Everywhere!

Students inquire how to stop an oil leak in a model of the BP oil leak in the Gulf by simulating the situation in a 10 gallon aquarium.  Students generate potential solutions, which are then tested and redesigned.  Students learn about natural factors involved in this real life situation and scenario including ocean depth, properties of…
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Let’s Heat Things Up

This activity will explore heat transfer and temperature conversion.  Students will conduct Internet based inquiries on conduction, convection, and radiation to understand a thermal sensor lab.  Use of the data collected from this lab will be implemented in the investigation, design, and testing of solar cooker.  Through a provided scenario students employ their knowledge to…
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Spelling Bee Bumble

In studies done with pilots testing cockpit displays, lower reaction times (more desirable) were found with chromatic color schemes when compared to monochrome codes. Careful management of color must be utilized to “meet legibility, attention management, and color coding demands” in the new complex cockpit and air traffic control displays. This investigation will help students…
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Sterilization Station

Bacterial and fungal spores are all around us every day. Most of the bacteria that we encounter are not harmful to us but a few are and these can lead to undesirable, even fatal, outcomes. In this activity, students will design and construct a container with a germ free environment and will then test to…
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Thermal Insulators

Students will explore thermal insulators through a design challenge in which students study and test insulative properties of common materials after which they will conduct data analysis and use their findings to propose a solution for the design challenge.  This lesson includes a student designed experiment as well as a structured experiment. If you have…
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Warm Home Solar Style

Students will investigate and explore the use of solar energy as a means to heat a home.  In order to understand how solar energy can be harnessed, students will define solar energy, explore photovoltaic cells, and investigate passive solar energy.  After gaining understanding about the concepts of solar energy, students will build a solar-heated model…
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Evolution of Aircraft: Propellers to Scramjets

This activity will familiarize students with the history of aircraft propulsion beginning with the modeling of a vehicle using a propeller as a means of propulsion. The goal is to allow students to design an aircraft using specific materials that utilize air propulsion from a balloon as a means to travel. Using tools of measurement…
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Nature of Flight

The lesson will focus on how the principles of flight are demonstrated in nature and how nature can provide models for man-made air vehicles.  Mankind has learned (and is learning) a great deal by observing living organisms in attempt to replicate their physical abilities.  The intent of this lesson is to leverage the students’ interest…
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Water, a Precious Resource

Students will learn that Earth’s capacity to absorb and recycle water naturally can be altered by the actions of humans and technology. In this lesson students will learn that people and their actions can harm our drinking water supply. Students should get a clear understanding that what happens above the ground can potentially end up…
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David & Kayleen Explore Sound

In this activity the students will: explore volume and pitch through their interactions with sound tools; use sound meters to record sound levels of noises they commonly hear to learn that the volume of sound can be measured in decibels; observe an object vibrating and hear the sound it generates; explore that the same vibrating…
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