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STEM Program Packs

STEM Program Packs

Environmental Commitment: Global to Local

Middle School students investigate how we can we use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to explore and solve environmental problems in this 12 session program pack.  Challenge your students to examine complex issues in a local and global context and then participate in a design challenge to design a solution to an environmental problem.  This program can either supplement your current curriculum over the course of 12 weeks or can be presented as a unit over a 3 week period.  Four different topical modules are sure to meet your learner's needs.  Please contact the Education Coordinator for information on scheduling and pricing.

Each program pack module includes

  • 10 Lessons aligned to Common Core & NextGen Standards
  • 2 Field experiences to explore content beyond the classroom
  • Hands-on, engaging activities that include reading, writing, math, and science activities
  • Final project (design challenge) for students to show mastery of learning objectives

Module 1: Waste, Recycling, and Natural Resources

Where is away?  Our society is increasingly a disposable society.  In this module students explore what makes up our waste, where it goes, and how we can conserve energy and natural resources through recycling and changes in packaging and product design.  Students participate in an active simulation to explore the rock cycle and another simulation to explore mining to better understand the value of our natural resources.  Students also travel to a landfill and a Materials Recycling Facility to see engineering in action.  Students synthesize their knowledge at the end of the curriculum as they complete a packaging design challenge to create sustainable packaging that allows a potato chip to make it through the mail without breaking.

Module 2: Water

Explore the wonders of water!  Students will use models to explore surface and groundwater for a better understanding of where our water is.  Then students learn how that water can become polluted and how it can be conserved.  After visiting Jones Island Water Treatment Facility and the Energy Exchange to see how water conservation measures can be used in the community, they use their engineering design skills to create a water filtration unit to purify a mystery water sample.

Module 3: Energy

Is there a better way to make things go?  Students explore what energy is, how we use it, where it comes from, and how we can conserve it.  Students go "mining for coal" in a cookie mining simulation to understand the complex environmental and social issues surrounding mining.  Students also participate in a variety of experiments to understand different types of renewable energies.  Students then appreciate the need for conservation strategies.   Finally, in the design challenge, students learn about how some countries use solar ovens as an alternative source for cooking.  After exploring insulators, students design their own solar oven to compete in the S'more roasting contest.

Module 4 Careers

Could I have an environmental career?  Students explore various career options that utilize their STEM skills in this explorative module.  Each lesson introduces a career to the students through a fun activity like completing a waste audit (sustainability manager), participating in water quality monitoring (marine biologist and water environmental engineer), and designing a green building or rain garden (green architecture and landscape architect).  Each lesson also focuses on a soft skill that various careers require, such as good communication, leadership skills, and time management.  Finally, students explore their preferred career options through a webquest and create a resume.


Environmental Engineering Adventures After School Program

Upper Elementary school students have the opportunity to solve an environmental problem in 3 after school 60 - 90 minute sessions.

Recycled Racers.  Students use recyclable materials to create racers that make it down an obstacle race track.  In addition to learning about wheels and design, students will also learn what they can recycle at home and what those recyclables become!

Invasive Species.  Students learn that about the problems associated with invasive plants and animals.  Students learn about local invasive species and then create a trap to safely catch a pretend animal for release back into its native habitat.

Terrific Turbines.  What do hydropower and wind power have in common?  Turbines!  Learn about these important structures and design the most efficient turbine possible.

Perfect Packaging.   We increasingly live in a disposable society.  Learn how a packaging designer can put the 3 R's to work to make sustainable packaging that can survive all of our drop, squish, and roll testing!

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