Dayton Regional STEM Center
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Grade: 10

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Achoo! Save the World from the Next Flu Pandemic

The influenza virus is a deadly human pathogen. It undergoes rapid genetic mutations during its life cycle and as a result renders annual immunizations necessary. This unit will introduce students to the genetics of influenza virus and other relevant knowledge, such as vaccine development and effectiveness. Students will perform research using publicly available epidemiology data…
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H2 Oh No! A City Pb Astray

Using Flint’s water emergency as the back story, student teams will design, build, test, and evaluate a two-stage filter to remove lead from contaminated water. The 1st stage precipitates out the lead; the 2nd stage removes the precipitate from the water. Understanding and applying chemistry principles of molecular polarity of cell membranes, solubility, and precipitates…
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Next Generation Super Hero

Student teams are challenged to genetically alter a Superhero so that the Superhero is able to conquer a major disaster facing the nation. In order to effectively overcome the disaster, students will acquire knowledge of the disaster and the skills needed to be successful. Then, student groups will be provided with a list of potential…
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“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 divided between housing…
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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 construct a portable,…
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Modeling and Simulation High School Introductory Course

This high school semester elective course is meant to serve as an introduction to the Modeling and Simulation. Professionals in this highly technical career field are in high demand. The course has been designed as a student-led experience. There are software and hardware requirements as outlined in the pdf file. Additionally, implementation feedback is that…
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Using Nanoparticles to Deliver Targeted Chemotherapy Drugs

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…
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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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It’s NOT Easy Being Green Algae!

After being initially exposed to the basics of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, student teams design an algae growth chamber focusing primarily on producing large quantities of algae.  Teams collect and measure algae on a daily basis, and research uses of algae for a sustainable fuel source.  In order to inform the public about the potential…
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Mission Survival

In this unit, students will investigate the concepts of genetic mutation and genetic engineering.  They will construct a phylogenetic tree based upon genomic point mutations, research genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms, participate in a class debate, and create a persuasive artifact on the ethics of genetic engineering. To Download this unit, you MUST download…
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