Curriculum

Curriculum

Use these interactive resources, designed for grades 6-12, to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills with real-world applications in college access and STEM learning.

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Following Nature's Lead

Digital Experience
Digital Exploration
Grades 6-8 | 20 min. seat time
STEM

Students will explore biomimicry and innovation through the underseas world of Marine Biology with a digital exploration on squid dissection.

To Our Solar System and Back

Digital Experience
To Our Solar System and Back Digital Exploration
Digital Exploration
Grades 6-10 | 25-30 min. seat time
STEM

Through a simulated space exploration, students will be introduced to the field of astronomy and investigate key concepts behind reusable launch systems.

Robots to the Rescue

Digital Experience
Digital Exploration
Grades 6-8 | 20-25 min. seat time
Earth Science
Engineering
STEM

Through a guided interactive experience, students will examine how robotic technologies help respond to natural hazards by aiding in a rescue and reconnaissance mission.

Body Systems and Biomimicry

Lesson
Student holding model
Lesson
Grades 6-12 | 120-150 min.
Engineering
Life Science
STEM

Build a mechanical arm that mimics a human forelimb and observe the forelimb structure of other animals to see homologies. Students will use this model and adapt it to mimic other forelimbs. They will then explore the field of “biomimicry” and see examples of how nature is being used as an inspiration and template for problem-solving technology.

City Planning for Biodiversity and Our Future

Lesson
Students with 3D Printer
Lesson
Grades 6-12 | 120-150 min.
Engineering
Life Science
STEM

Challenge your students to take on the role of city planner. Explore what biodiversity is and brainstorm about how cities can have an impact on the biodiversity of an area. In this lesson, students will then calculate a biodiversity index and discover why a high biodiversity index is important for an ecosystem.

Entomology Explorations

Lesson
Student looking through microscope
Lesson
Grades 6-12 | 120-150 min.
Life Science
Mathematics
STEM

Explore how insects are classified, techniques for collecting them, data about the species and numbers of insects around the school campus to explain how insect diversity is an important indicator for ecosystem health. Introduce students to citizen science projects and experience how they can be powerful tools to help scientists and entomologists answer important scientific questions about insect populations around the world.

What's Lurking in Your Fast Food?

Lesson
Student getting lunch
Lesson
Grades 6-8 | 60-90 min.
Health
Life Science
STEM

Students will synthesize information on the building blocks of life - carbohydrates, lipids and proteins - by conducting a series of chemical tests to determine which major biomolecules are found in common foods. After determining the nutrients that are in common foods, they will research and analyze the nutritional content of popular fast foods items to help inform healthy choices.

Video Game Design

Lesson
Gamer
Lesson
Grades 6-8 | 150-180 min.
Computer Science
English Language Arts
Mathematics
STEM

Challenge your students to learn Video Game Design. From predicting viable industry career paths to taking the first steps in development and coding, students will learn how to make the next generation video game come to life.

Project Pipeline

Lesson
Architectural Drawings
Lesson
Grades 6-8 | 60-90 min.
Earth Science
Engineering
Physical Science
STEM

Learn how weather patterns can create drought conditions, employ the basic properties of water and learn how scientists and engineers work together to protect Earth’s freshwater supply. Encourage your students to role-play different careers and work through the engineering design process as they develop possible solutions.

Sensitive Delivery

Lesson
Students in the classroom
Lesson
Grades 6-8 | 120-150 min.
Engineering
Mathematics
Physical Science
STEM

Use the Engineering Design Process to teach students how advances in packaging materials and self-heating and self-cooling technologies impact our food systems. Teams will be challenged to devise a lunch box design from the vantage of several careers and collaborate to create a successful product prototype.

Digital Transmission

Lesson
Girl taking photo
Lesson
Grades 9-12 | 180-200 min.
Engineering
Physical Science
STEM

Explore the science behind photography as your students manipulate shutter speed, capture light motion trails and transmit digital images. Investigate real-world problems through the lens of the various careers in this field and learn how to solve them using smart device cameras.

Magnetic Migration

Lesson
Magnetic Migration
Lesson
Grades 6-8 | 120-150 min
English Language Arts
Life Science
STEM

From birds to sea turtles to sharks, how do animals direct themselves from one place to the next? Through a series of hands-on activities, students will work together to investigate the claim: Animals use Earth’s magnetic field to navigate. Students will collect evidence from investigations and complex text to support or refute this claim.

Geometric Building Design

Lesson
Geometric Building Design
Lesson
Grades 6-8 | 130–180 min
Engineering
Mathematics
STEM

Students will take on the role of a career related to civil engineering and mathematics as they consider a community space that is available for development. Students will apply mathematical concepts to represent the proposed building plan using 2D and 3D figures. Through a presentation, they will explain their design, justify their decisions and do their best to convince the “city council” to choose their proposal!

What's Lurking in Your Fast Food?

Training Video
Student Examining Sample
Video
Grades 6-8 | 5:11 min.
Health
Life Science
Professional Development
STEM

Join a TGR Learning Facilitator and STEM students as they put the What is Learning in Your Fast Food? lesson plan into practice. Students synthesize information on the carbohydrates, lipids and proteins - by conducting a series of chemical tests to determine which major biomolecules appear in common foods.

Explore Digital Transmission

Training Video
Camera
Video
Grades 9-12 | 4:37 min.
Engineering
Physical Science
Professional Development
STEM

Explore the science behind photography as your students manipulate shutter speed, capture light motion trails and transmit digital images. Investigate real-world problems through the lens of the various careers in this field and learn how to solve them using smart device cameras.

Using Project-Based Learning to Develop 21st Century Skills

Webinar
Webinar Introduction Screen
Webinar
48:31 min.
Professional Development
STEM

In the 21st century workforce, students need more than just content knowledge. Project-based learning (PBL) teaches students to take initiative, solve problems, work together and think critically about complex challenges. Explore effective strategies to facilitate a project-based learning lesson in your STEM curriculum with industry professionals.

Implementing Differentiated Instruction with Active STEM Learning

Webinar
Girls on laptop
Webinar
49:31 min.
Professional Development
STEM

As an educator, you work tirelessly to prepare your students for the 21st century workforce, and there’s no better way to develop these critical skills than through active STEM learning. Learn how to plan and facilitate active STEM learning for the diversity of learners in your classroom.

How to Integrate STEM into your Classroom

Webinar
Architects with Model Building
Webinar
40:29 min.
Professional Development
STEM

By embedding multiple concepts from different disciplines into a single lesson, students have the opportunity to create real world connections. Learn the tools you need to take an interdisciplinary approach to promote student thinking and problem solving.