Dayton Regional STEM Center
(937) 225-4598
200 S. Keowee St. Dayton, OH 45402

Grade: 8

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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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Engineering Community Gardens

Engineering Community Gardens Google Site. In partnership with an NSF: RET grant and the University of Dayton the Dayton Regional STEM Center presents the following unit. In this lesson, students are given specific constraints in which they apply energy transformations while designing a water collection and transport system.  Teams of students will collaborate to assist…
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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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Indoor Sportsplex

Due to an increasing student population, along with student demand at City College, a multi-purpose sportsplex has been proposed. The school has set aside money and space (200,000 square feet) for development of a multi-function facility. Students will take on the role of civil engineers at an architectural firm and submit a design for this…
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Let’s Generate

This lesson compliments the Dayton Regional STEM Center lesson titled Electric Motors (designed for grade 11). Students will dissemble a toy motor in order to understand the transformation of kinetic energy to mechanical energy.  Through experimentation and research students will discover how to turn their motor into a wind generator.  Students will then study the…
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Design a Backpack

In this activity, students will be given a specific set of materials to use as they apply their knowledge of surface area and volume to design a net for a prism that could function like a small backpack.  After a pre-activity discussion on surface area and volume, students will address design constraints and the engineering…
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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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