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Should We Save the Trees? Exploring a Local Controversy STEM Integrated Project

In this project, students will answer the essential question: "Should we save the trees?" Specifically, the unit examines the controversial removal by PG&E of old-growth trees in the City of Oroville. In Language Arts, students read informational texts, examine civil disobedience, and argue a position. In Intro to Programming, students will res…

THE JAVENGERS - Java Super and Abstract Classes with Interfaces - PBL
9 10 11 12

THE JAVENGERS - Java Super and Abstract Classes with Interfaces - PBL

In this series of lessons, students will learn the essentials of Super Classes, Abstract Classes, and Interfaces in the Java Programming Language. They will write each of these by creating their own Super Hero objects! Lesson 1:This project introduces students to the very important concepts of Inheritance, Abstract classes, and Interfaces. Student…

Are Men and Women Created Equally? STEM Integrated Project
11 12

Are Men and Women Created Equally? STEM Integrated Project

Description This project introduces students to Human Anatomy, specifically the differences that exist between males and females. The project takes the human dimensions, body planes, and body systems and looks at them. The human dimensions, body planes are measured and are analyzed with scatter plots and coordinates in math class. The anatomy te…

Intro to Programming STEM Integrated Project
7 8

Intro to Programming STEM Integrated Project

Everyone can master the art of programming. This 7th-8th Grade unit will expose students to the basic understanding of what a computer and computer programming entails. Students will begin the lesson with the fundamentals of a computer. Then it will briefly compare academic writing to computer programming. The lesson will then continue with a fun …

#PeaceLoveCode - Using Coding to Build a Positive Online Image PBL Project
9 10 11 12

#PeaceLoveCode - Using Coding to Build a Positive Online Image PBL Project

Students will learn basic computer language programming and use coding to build a positive online image. They will start by learning to write out clear instructions (algorithm) that others can follow, analyzing problems and fixing errors in our programs (debugging), and finally coding a unique emoji to build their positive online image. Students …

How to get your Dream Job as a Game Designer PBL Project
8 9 10 12

How to get your Dream Job as a Game Designer PBL Project

This project will lead students through the process of learning how to get that job as a video game designer! Lesson 1: Students will begin the "Journey of Discovery" to locate a video game design company to begin their careers. Using Internet resources, teacher materials, and outside professionals, students will learn what various jobs are requir…

Ethical and Acceptable Use of Technology STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Ethical and Acceptable Use of Technology STEM Integrated Project

In every society there are rules that its citizens must abide by. This is also true for the digital sphere, where everyone must learn to understand what rules and policy must be followed for us to be good digital citizens. This unit will delve into how technology has impacted our privacy, rights, culture, and our lives. Students will have the oppor…

Off the Grid: Is Wind Energy the Answer?
9 10 11 12

Off the Grid: Is Wind Energy the Answer?

This is a two-week unit in which students explore wind energy through research and kinesthetic activities. Students learn the skills and discover the information needed to debate the question, "Is wind energy the answer?" Along with answering the question, students will design wind turbines and test the potential energy output of the various design…

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…

Classroom of the Future STEM Integrated Project

In this unit, students will design a model energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly classroom. In groups of three, students will identify and sketch the features of their ideal multi-purpose green classroom. Using Google SketchUp, students will design their classroom. In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators wi…

The Effect of Blade Design STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

The Effect of Blade Design STEM Integrated Project

This unit is part of a much bigger, semester-long CTE project. The completed project involves the construction of a wind turbine and its charge controller, as well as the supporting academic instruction, safety and tool lessons, and testing and performance investigations. This unit focuses on the introductory components of this project and would ea…

Let's Design a Solar Boat STEM Integrated Project
7 8

Let's Design a Solar Boat STEM Integrated Project

Shiver me timbers fellow teachers! This project wraps math, history, environmental studies, English, and science into a perfect brainstorming solar boat making experience. The culminating project results in students optimally identifying recyclable materials that will make a floating object and simultaneously harnessing the sun's energy as a me…

Solar Water Heater Design PBL Project
10 11 12

Solar Water Heater Design PBL Project

Instead of consuming fossil fuels such as natural gas or fuel oil to heat water, which is something we need in day to day life (from taking showers to cooking our food), we can use free, limitless energy of the sun to heat our water. A solar hot water system is a zero-emissions, zero-waste solution to the problem of environmentally destructive wat…

Now We're Cooking With Solar! STEM Integrated Project
11 12

Now We're Cooking With Solar! STEM Integrated Project

Students will learn about solar energy, energy transfer processes, the history of using solar in the US, and how to research and evaluate recipes as informational texts. This will culminate with students building and using solar ovens to bake an item from a recipe that they choose based on their research. The structure of this unit and the materi…

Solar Sizing PBL Project
10 11 12

Solar Sizing PBL Project

In this project-based learning unit, students explore the basics of electricity and the different types of currents, then moves into looking at work sites and what is required to add solar to a residential home. In the third lesson, students use their electric bill to calculate how much electricity is used in their household and how this translates…

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