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2nd Biannual NGSS STEM Education Conference

2nd Biannual NGSS STEM Education Conference
Download the conference schedule and a map Session 1 Arms & Arteries: Adventures in Biomechanical Engineering Looking for ways to integrate engineering into your life science and biology classes? Try biomechanical engineering! Join us as we engineer ways to unclog arteries and construct prosthetic arms while incorporating key scientific principles and NGSS Science & Engineering Practices along the way. Download Session PDFs Session 2 Environmental Engineering: Life in the Bay Water Together we’ll design and build tools for exploring bay water. Session 3 Seismic Engineering Feeling a little shaky on how to teach engineering in your earth science unit? Session 4 Build a Battery of Batteries Come explore the physics and chemistry of simple batteries! Session 5 Build a Better Motor We’ll start by taking apart a spring-powered motor to see how it stores and releases energy, and then we’ll take apart a small electric motor to see how the magnets, wire coils, and electrical connections are arranged.

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Build a Big Wheel Lesson courtesy of TryEngineering, sponsored by the IEEE. Click here for a .pdf of the original activity. Summary In this activity, teams of students learn about the history and engineering behind big wheels (Ferris wheels) by constructing a working model using pasta, glue, and teabags.

Discover Browse lessons and activities from EOL and our partners. Lessons and activities include relevant materials, EOL Collections and podcasts that can be used to supplement existing curriculum or on their own. These activities are aimed at upper elementary and middle school students but can be modified for elementary or high school students. Each lesson or activity is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Please contact us with feedback or suggestions. Teacher Resources — Virtual Clinical Trials - About The Series About The Series Players use scientific methods and process skills as they learn the process for designing and conducting a trial, the underlying neuroscience behind the medical advances being tested, and the related careers involved. 2013 Interactive Media Award Virtual Clinical Trials received an Interactive Media Award for Outstanding Achievement. View award

Earthquakes may reveal new layer of the Earth: the inner inner core Though you may be familiar with the phrase “molten core,” the reality is that Earth’s inner core is actually solid, and it’s the outer core that surrounds this enormous ball of heavy metals which remains liquid. A new study from American and Chinese researchers now posits the existence of an all-new region of the Earth, a distinct core within the inner core — an inner inner core. By studying the propagation of shockwaves from earthquakes around the world, they think they can prove that the iron crystals there are aligned differently than the outer inner core, and that has big implications for our understanding of how the Earth first formed.

Discover The Forest Start Your Own Adventures... The forest and the outdoors are a place for adventure, learning, fun, and discovery! There are so many possibilities. It might be tough deciding where to begin. Build a Bobsled Racer Activity adapted from the Museum of Science, Boston‘s Design Challenges, a program of hands-on activities developed to help students and visitors explore the engineering design process, and from the version modified for classroom use by California’s Tech Museum of Innovation. Click on link to view the educator’s guide (.pdf) Summary Teams of students in grades 3 to 8 learn about friction, forces, and the engineering design process by building and testing miniature bobsleds to see which can race down an icy slope either the fastest or slowest.

Footprint Calculator How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth. Select your location on the map below to start taking the Footprint Calculator Quiz. We recommend using a computer or laptop because the calculator requires Flash animation that is unavailable on some tablets and smart phones.

Teacher Resources — N-Squad - About The Game About The Game Students work with forensic scientists to solve an alcohol related crime. Along the way, they will learn about alcohol's interaction in different body systems: digestive, circulatory, and nervous. About The Game Students work with forensic scientists to solve an alcohol related crime. Along the way, they will learn about alcohol's interaction in different body systems: digestive, circulatory, and nervous. Teaching_strategies Natural Hazards• ELI Natural Hazards category Plate tectonicsPlate tectonics - whole concept:-• Partial melting - simple process, huge global impact (ELI+)• Partial melting model and real rock (ELI+)• Plate riding (ELI+)• Plate tectonics through the window (ELI+) Evidence and explanation for the theory:-• Continental jigsaw puzzle (ELI+)• Earth time jigsaw puzzle• Geobattleships (ELI+)• Wegener’s ‘Continental drift’ meets Wilson’s ‘Plate tectonics’ (ELI+)• Did the continents move for you?

Activity: Robot Basketball Lesson courtesy of TryEngineering Summary In this activity, students in grades 5 to 12 learn about accuracy and precision by working in teams to design and build a robotic basketball player that can nail three free-throw shots in a row. Global Warming Explained, In About A Minute : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images On a pleasant day in 2011, researchers roamed San Diego's public parks in search of volunteers to fill out anonymous surveys about global warming. In the end about 270 responses were collected from a mix of park visitors and nearby community college students. The researchers wanted to know how well the average American understands the basic processes responsible for global warming, and whether there's a relationship between this basic understanding and the belief that global warming is actually occurring. The results were sobering.

Life Sciences Outreach Program The following resources were developed for classroom use by high school biology teachers who participated in MCB-HHMI Outreach's Summer 2009 "Experimental Biology and Multimedia Workshop". This year's topic was "Physiology". Keep in mind that lesson formats vary greatly because each was developed with a particular classroom in mind. All lessons align with state and national science standards as described within the lesson or in an accompanying file. Understanding Your BMI and Making Healthy Choices Catherine Erickson (Introductory Biology)

Natural Disasters - Curricular Unit Each TeachEngineering lesson or activity is correlated to one or more K-12 science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) educational standards. All 100,000+ K-12 STEM standards covered in TeachEngineering are collected, maintained and packaged by the Achievement Standard Network (ASN), a project of JES & Co. (www.jesandco.org). In the ASN, standards are hierarchically structured: first by source; e.g., by state; within source by type; e.g., science or mathematics; within type by subtype, then by grade, etc. Graphing Average Speed with Superworms My favorite lab in our force and motion unit is called graphing average speed with superworms. I’ve done this lab for the last several years in my class, and it’s always a hit with the students. The kids like it because they are working with a live organism, and it really helps solidify the concept of graphing motion. During the lab students record data from the path of superworm (species of darkling beetle). Every 10 seconds for a minute they are responsible for recording the position of the worm. The superworms are great because they don’t travel in a straight line for very long.

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