Middle School STEM & STEAM Enrichment Lessons

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    STEM/STEAM

    Plastic Pollution (Save the Turtles) NEW

    This lesson will expose students to the amount of plastic created and discarded by human beings and its effect on the oceans. Students will be able to quantify the amounts of plastic that are consumed and disposed of into the ocean, reflect on their personal plastic consumption and brainstorm, plan and diagram a solution for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    Presentation

    Quiz

    How Big the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Really Is

    Forbes Ocean Clean-Up Project

    Sustainability Project Plan

    Exemplar for Sustainability Project

    STEM/STEAM

    Surface Tension NEW

    Students will learn about surface tension and its importance in this lesson. Students will see how water uses surface tension to stick together in microgravity environments, like the International Space Station.

    Presentation

    STEMonstrations Surface Tension

     

    STEM/STEAM

    Water Conservation

    In this lesson, students will learn how Phoenix, Arizona gets water and some possible future problems residents may face with water shortage. Students will also read about different techniques to conserve water.

    Presentation

    Supporting Links

    STEM/STEAM

    Introduction to Rube Goldberg Devices

    In this lesson, students will learn about Rube Goldberg devices and how they are composed of simple machines. Students will design and draw a Rube Goldberg device.

    Presentation

    Rube Goldberg Meets the Invention Age

    Simple Machines in Everyday Life

    Simple Machines for Kids

    Rube Goldberg Game

     

      Introduction to Computer Programming

    In this lesson, students will learn about how computers and other devices are taught to perform actions and accomplish tasks. They will then begin exploring the process writing a programming “code”.

    Recorded Presentation

    Supporting Links

    STEM/STEAM

    Wind Power

    Students will engage in a design challenge to design a device that uses the power of the wind to generate electricity. 

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Last Modified on April 7, 2022