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Roller Coasters and the Progressive Era STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Roller Coasters and the Progressive Era STEM Integrated Project

Students will build rollercoasters in groups of three, incorporating their knowledge of energy transfer from potential to kinetic, using logical and low-cost materials such as wood, wires, string, twine, cardboard, and/or glue. In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in History, English L…

Someone Else's Shoes: Creating a Cinemagraph STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Someone Else's Shoes: Creating a Cinemagraph STEM Integrated Project

We never see ourselves. Other people form a perception of who we are. Can a photograph see inside your soul? Can a photograph see your dreams or fears? What does the photographer see? Is the photographer's point of view a mirror of the photographed? What if the photo moves? In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators w…

Picturing Social Justice STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Picturing Social Justice STEM Integrated Project

In this unit, students will use techniques in digital photography to research, generate and identify a relevant social justice issue. In the understanding of digital resolution for the web and print, students will explore the relationship between pixels and vectors; apply their knowledge of area and the unit square; and will explore reproduction us…

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…

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

Off the Grid: Is Wind Energy the Answer? STEM Integrated Project

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…

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…

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…

One Energy to Rule Them All? STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

One Energy to Rule Them All? STEM Integrated Project

One Energy to Rule them All? Students will investigate and explore conventional energy sources. In response to a specific energy challenge, students will work in teams to deliver a presentation on the “best” application of energy sources. Students who participate in this project will acquire and accurately use Engineering sector terminology and …

Energy Inequality in the World STEM Integrated Project
10

Energy Inequality in the World STEM Integrated Project

How does energy inequality affect the world today and what can be done to mitigate its impact? That is the essential question students seek to answer in this multi-disciplinary cross curricular unit. In the CTE Course (Intro to Energy) lesson sequence, students study current and future energy sources, resources and policy. Students learn about …

The Big Spill STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

The Big Spill STEM Integrated Project

This two-week unit takes students through a scenario where they act as employees for a mock company called World EcoTouch WET, an environmental consulting firm. In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in Science, Math and English Language-Arts (ELA) that supplement the primary core area …

Water World STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Water World STEM Integrated Project

In this STEM unit, water conservation and stewardship are stressed. Fresh water is one of our most vital resources, and when our water is polluted it is not only devastating to the environment, but also to human health. The U.S. relies on public water systems to treat and deliver just over 44 billion gallons of clean water each day to our homes, s…

How Deep Is Your (Carbon) Footprint STEM Integrated Project
10 11

How Deep Is Your (Carbon) Footprint STEM Integrated Project

Geographic information systems (GIS) is a way for students to look at data. This allows students gather data and draw conclusions about their region. Students will analyze data gathered by scientists around the world to make conclusions about their personal impact on the environment. GIS will be the driving force of this project as students will c…

Planting the Seed: Conducting Research STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Planting the Seed: Conducting Research STEM Integrated Project

This project was designed to be an interdisciplinary project within a green academy, however, many of the lessons can be used independently. This CTE project uses sunflowers to teach students how to conduct research for their "client," take accurate measurements, micro-pipette nutrients, collect biomass data every ten days, and extrapolate poten…

Creating a Martian Society STEM Integrated Project
9 10 11 12

Creating a Martian Society STEM Integrated Project

As the 10th grade capstone experience, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to create a Martian colony that incorporates learning from core curricular areas. The project will culminate in a "colonist recruitment fair" in which students will try to convince student stakeholders to join their colony on Mars. Engineering: Design and constru…

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