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Photographic Self-Portrait - Media Design 2 PBL and STEM Integrated Project
10

Photographic Self-Portrait - Media Design 2 PBL and STEM Integrated Project

Students create photographic self-portraits that visually communicate who they are, as well as send some kind of a message. Programs and Equipment Used: -Photoshop to edit photos -High Quality cameras -Tripods Activities Include: -Learning about portraiture and self-portraiture -Planning and Photographing image -Introduction to basic Photoshop ed…

It's A Wrap: Design Your Own Cell Phone Skin STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

It's A Wrap: Design Your Own Cell Phone Skin STEM Integrated Project

It's all about expressing yourself when you talk, text or surf the web on your cell phone! How your cell phone looks can be considered an extension of your personality and should be as unique as you are. Cell phone skins are on demand and are the new way of creating unique and artistic ways of standing out from the crowd. In this unit, students lea…

Show Your Stuff! Art Show STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Show Your Stuff! Art Show STEM Integrated Project

This unit takes an intermediate to advanced 2-D media (graphic design, painting, photography) student with a 10 piece portfolio through the steps of preparing, estimating budget, contacting, designing, setting up and publicizing an art show in the local community. They will analyze color, size, shape and theme of portfolio to determine a plan to fo…

FAIL! Using the Engineering Design Process to Design an Electric Vehicle STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

FAIL! Using the Engineering Design Process to Design an Electric Vehicle STEM Integrated Project

This unit uses the engineering design process (EDP) to design and build a battery powered go-kart, bicycle, or boat or some other large scale CTE project. In the CTE course, the students choose their project and establish their path throughout the remainder of the course. Introduction to the EDP uses case studies in engineering failures to help rei…

Engineering a Better Mousetrap Car STEM Integrated Project
10 11 12

Engineering a Better Mousetrap Car STEM Integrated Project

Racing (competition) is fundamental to human nature and our way of life. Making the right decisions based on evidence is fundamental to the engineering design process. This project explores competition and decision making through the Mousetrap car. The project is designed to last two weeks. The culmination of this project is a Race Day where s…

The Mechanics Of Movement: From Limbs to Levers STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

The Mechanics Of Movement: From Limbs to Levers STEM Integrated Project

This project combines Physics, Biology, and Construction Design to learn about limbs from insects to humans. The physics lessons begin with studying torque and how it causes rotation, following the with experimenting with levers and how to calculate the mechanical advantage. Work and energy of simple levers and how it can be applied to the human …

Solar Duino House STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Solar Duino House STEM Integrated Project

In this unit, students will design and build a simple model home that uses solar-generated and stored power to run an arduino-controlled fan cooling and lighting system. They learn how to capture, store, and control solar energy, as well as how to program arduino units to use temperature sensors to accomplish their project. In addition to the CTE/…

Green is the New Black - Green Building Design STEM Integrated Project
11

Green is the New Black - Green Building Design STEM Integrated Project

Students will learn the importance of green buildings in relation to individuals and our environment. The guiding essential question is, "What are the benefits and challenges of green construction?" Students will be introduced to the project through videos, quizzes, Powerpoint, and a field trip. At the end of this project, students will be skille…

Sustainable Redwood Furniture Design STEM Integrated Project
10 11 12

Sustainable Redwood Furniture Design STEM Integrated Project

This project is designed to show students the connection of sustainable forestry management with sustainable use of lumber as a building material and how it ties with a successful business plan. Students will learn what it means to properly manage a forest's timber resources to ensure long term benefits for the environment while meeting the demand…

Through the Wall - Sustainable Wall Panel Design STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Through the Wall - Sustainable Wall Panel Design STEM Integrated Project

In this project, students will need to identify the best materials to use in a manufactured wall panel. They will need to justify their choices with a thorough analysis and they will create a data sheet that outlines their designed wall panel. CTE: For the Sustainable Wall Panel Project, they will be designing their own wall panel and will need t…

Delivering the Goods: A Study of Hurricanes and Hydraulics STEM Integrated Project
6 7 8 9

Delivering the Goods: A Study of Hurricanes and Hydraulics STEM Integrated Project

Every year natural disasters occur all over the world. The damage caused by natural disasters can be devastating and cause problems with food and water supplies. The 2017 hurricane in Puerto Rico is an example of what happens when supplies are available, but distribution becomes problematic. In this unit students will learn about hurricanes and des…

The Big One is Coming-Planning for a California Earthquake STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

The Big One is Coming-Planning for a California Earthquake STEM Integrated Project

Are you ready for the Big One? To begin this project, students write an essay describing their own state of preparedness. Then, working in seismic engineering teams, they engage in hands on labs and computer simulations to learn about wave properties and how loads affect structures. They study plate tectonics and interview survivors of the 1994 …

CAD Cake STEM Integrated Project
7 8

CAD Cake STEM Integrated Project

In this 7th-8th Grade unit, students will learn about perimenter, area and volume mathematically speaking and formulate a 2-D drawing to take into the Autodesk Inventor lab. In the Inventor lab, they will learn basic as well as more advanced features to turn their created 2-D drawings into 3-D created masterpieces where they will then learn the bas…

Up, Up and Away! STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Up, Up and Away! STEM Integrated Project

In this unit, engineering students model and design a craft that utilizes principles of efficient design to effectively achieve levitation via hot air lift (like a hot air balloon). They explore principles of lift, gases, volume, efficiency, and creativity as they attempt to create a model that can stay afloat for over a minute. The steps of the d…

Do We Dam It? STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Do We Dam It? STEM Integrated Project

In this unit, students create campaign materials and perform a mock referendum for the building of a new hydro project. The specifics of this project are based on the Auburn Dam, an on-going regional controversy. In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in History, Math and English Languag…

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