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STEM EDA Egg Drop
Students will design a vessel around an egg that represents the protective gear a stunt-person may wear when jumping from a building. Explore topics on gravity, velocity, Newton’s Laws of Motion, mass, weight, force, and acceleration. LEARN MORE… Students will design a vessel with a parachute to model protective gear for a skydiver. Discover topics on kinetic energy, potential energy, gravity, velocity, mass, and drag. LEARN MORE… Students will design a vessel that represents supplies being dropped to refugees. Apply concepts of potential energy, kinetic energy, motion, gravity, velocity, drag, and the Law of Conservation of Energy while also taking into consideration the cost of building and shipping the vessels. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA Volcano
Students work to develop a safety plan for a village located near a volcano. Explore classifications and components of volcanoes, eruption categories, acids, bases, and pH scale. LEARN MORE… Students work for an engineering firm that has been hired by a city planner to design a city around a volcano. Discover classifications, types and components of volcanoes, eruption categories, acids, bases, and pH scale. LEARN MORE… Students are movie set designers tasked with building a small scale replica of a volcano. Apply concepts of proportions, circumference, topography, acids, and bases. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA Roller Coaster
Students are roller coaster engineers hired to design a roller coaster that includes at least one loop, one wide turn, and one sharp turn. Explore concepts of gravity, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s First Law of Motion, friction, and the history of roller coasters. LEARN MORE… Students work for an engineering design firm specializing in roller coaster engineering. Discover potential and kinetic energy, centripetal force, inertia, momentum, and velocity. LEARN MORE… Students will present a business plan and create a scale model of a roller coaster using restrictions associated with different lots of land. Apply concepts of potential energy, kinetic energy, centripetal force, inertia, and surface area. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA Electricity
Students are given a scenario where a cyber attack has shut down the nation’s electrical grid. Explore concepts of atoms, electrons, conductors, insulators, power sources, chemical energy, electrical energy, electrochemical cells, anodes, cathodes, ions, anions, cations, voltaic pile, voltage, and circuitry. LEARN MORE… Students are taken back to the early 1860s where they become members of the Military Telegraph Corps during the Civil War. Discover Morse Code, substitution and transposition encryption methods and principles of electromagnetism. LEARN MORE… Students will design and build a new board game that will include at least three electrical components. Apply knowledge of atoms, current, voltage, resistance, elements, proportions, volume, and electrical components. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA Genetics
A scientific think tank is running simulations of adaptations resulting from near-Earth asteroid disturbances. Explore concepts of biological classification, taxonomic ranks of animals, animal adaptations, evolution, and hierarchy on the food chain. LEARN MORE… Students are statisticians asked to determine what the offspring would look like based on parents of fictitious pets called zaboos. Discover concepts about genetics, heredity, chromosomes, DNA, genotypes, phenotypes, inheritance, mutations, codons, ratio, and percentage. LEARN MORE… Students will create specific eukaryotic cells using various everyday objects. Apply concepts of cellular biology, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, and organelles. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA Catapults
Students use common materials to recreate a physical model of a video game that uses a sling shot to launch projectiles to knock down blocks. Explore projectile motion and other principles that influence the design of the sling shots. LEARN MORE… To increase excitement and participation at school events, the class has been asked to design trebuchets to launch t-shirts and prizes to the crowds. Discover projectile motion, and have students research the medieval period and heraldry. LEARN MORE… Students work for a company that is a leader in developing outdoor games. They must design and build a new outdoor game that has a multi-functional outdoor game using a catapult. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA Cars
Students are challenged to build edible racecars. Explore nutrition related foods used to create the cars. The module culminates in a competition to see which teams had the best design and performing cars. LEARN MORE… Create a miniature parade float powered by rubber bands with a theme of "Rainforests Around the World". Discover elastic, potential, and kinetic energies, and impact of wheel size on travel distance. LEARN MORE… Design a new eco-concept car for a luxury car company. The car must use elastic energy for propulsion. Apply spring potential and kinetic energies, drive axles, and internal combustion engines. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA Music
Students are part of a research development team that has been assigned to create a program used to unlock a safe that holds confidential documents. The safe will be programmed to unlock only when certain musical notes are played simultaneously. LEARN MORE… Research different cultures throughout history and design an instrument inspired by the percussion instruments from that culture. Discover cultures, percussion instruments, and music fundamentals. LEARN MORE… Students will work to construct a harp and decipher messages coded in sheet music. Apply cryptography to create and decipher codes using entry level decoding devices that are founded on the principles of music. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA Earthquakes
Students will build a toothpick and marshmallow structure that must withstand two different tests on a gelatin shake table. Explore vibrations, earthquakes, and sound. LEARN MORE… Students have been assigned to create and present a proposal for a new headquarters office building for a worldwide producer of chemical-based products. LEARN MORE… Students “travel” to a third world country to help with the reconstruction of homes after a devastating earthquake. As a global engineer, not only must the students design new buildings that are earthquake resistant, but they must address the needs of the community they are serving. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA
Alternative Energy
While camping, students must utilize the sun’s energy to cook two dishes in a solar cooker. Explore three different types of solar cookers which leads them to designing, building, and testing their own cooker. LEARN MORE… The planet is in the process of being colonized and your team is responsible for strategically placing its citizens and resources. Discover research energy sources and run simulations representing multiple years for each of their potential layouts. LEARN MORE… As researchers for a renewable resources research firm. Apply design, build, and test a two room unit that uses the sun to heat one room and maintain a temperature for the other room. LEARN MORE…
STEM EDA Aerospace
Students participate in a model glider competition as part of a festival featuring the glider pilots of WWII. Explore gliders during WWII, components of gliders, and fundamental principles of flight. LEARN MORE… Students decide to compete in the Google Lunar XPRIZE® that challenges non-government entities to safely land a rocket on the moon. To better understand the principles of a rocket, students start their process with a model-sized replica of their design in form of a water-fueled bottle rocket. LEARN MORE… Students work for a marketing firm known for their innovative and successful viral marketing campaign. Their firm has been hired by the National Kiters Association to raise public interest in kite flying. Apply fundamentals of kite flight to design, construct and test kites. LEARN MORE…
STEM Coding
Students are preparing for a fact finding mission where they will be sending a drone to the planet to collect data. Through the engineering design process they learn how to code using the EV3-G programing language to achieve the goals of the mission. LEARN MORE… Not Available Not Available
Computer Science Kits
Raspberry Pi Kit
Students build simple circuits to interact with code they construct on the Raspberry Pi computing platform. Students construct memory games like Simon, text-based and graphics-based programming games, as well as gain a better understanding for how circuits and binary are used in computing.
Materials include: the Raspberry Pi 3, microSD memory card, power pack, protective case, HDMI cable, breadboard and breakout cable, as well as the necessary wires, components, and push buttons. LEARN MORE…
Raspberry Pi PLUS Kit
Students build simple circuits to interact with code they construct on the Raspberry Pi computing platform. Students construct memory games like Simon, text-based and graphics-based programming games as well as gain a better understanding for how circuits and binary are used in computing.
Materials include: the Raspberry Pi 3, microSD memory card, power pack, protective case, HDMI cable, breadboard and breakout cable, as well as the necessary wires, components, and push buttons. In addition, the Ultimate Kit includes a 7" touchscreen LCD as well as a wireless keyboard with touch pad (so there’s no need to hunt for a keyboard, mouse, or spare monitor). LEARN MORE…
Advanced Math for Engineering and Science
AMES
Engineering Design
with Radians
Students will design a device that can be used to approximate angles using radians. Students use the engineering design process as a guide to research radians, degrees, and other angle measurement systems that have been developed over time. Along with learning the mathematics content, students are required to create a marketing campaign that advertises their device as the “best.”
Materials include: foam board, dowel rods, adhesive putty, hot glue, craft wire, and hot glue guns. LEARN MORE…
AMES Vector
Introduction
Students study vectors by mapping out the way objects move from one location to another. As the objects move around a piece of grid paper, students record the start and end locations so that they can model the motion of the objects with vectors. Students find characteristics about each vector and perform operations with the vectors they modeled.
Materials include: wind-up toys, markers, and large grid paper. LEARN MORE…
AMES Tension Project
Students study tension by suspending weight from a model they create. Students model the tension in the string with vectors. After creating diagrams, the students analyze various properties of each vector and perform vector operations.
Materials include: foam board, cup hooks, protractors, and string. LEARN MORE…
AMES Vector
Equation Model
Students study lines in three dimensions by creating a manipulative that models the vector equation of a line. Students are given two points in order to create the manipulative. The badge reels serve as vectors that can move so that they can point to any point on the line segment they create.
Materials include: dowel rods, foam board, badge reels, and markers. LEARN MORE…
AMES Parabolic
Solar Oven
Students use the engineering design process as a way to study parabolas. Students create a paraboloid inside of a solar oven to direct the heat toward the focus. At the focus, students place food that so that they can test their parabolic solar oven by cooking.
Materials include: aluminum foil, cardboard boxes, reflective tape, packaging tape, poster board, foam board, food thermometers, cotton balls, and disposable cooking dishes. LEARN MORE…
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