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.
Beating mosquitos at their own game
Explore how humans can use biotechnology to influence the characteristics of organisms by looking at how scientists are using mosquitos to study disease progression and prevention methods. Approach these issues with an interdisciplinary focus while challenging your students to develop and apply innovative STEM solutions to combat an outbreak of Zika-infected mosquitos in their community.
Challenge your students to rethink their attitudes toward and assumptions about failure with a variety of engaging, creative activities. Students will examine the meaning of failure, explore why failure is an important part of the learning process and discover how to develop a growth mindset to turn failure into a catalyst for future success.
Scholarship Case Study: Reducing the Gap
Scholarships are a powerful tool students can use to help ease their journey to higher education. Support your students through this critical element of the college application process. In this lesson, students take on the role of a scholarship selection committee to learn and apply best practices for applying to scholarships.
Geometric Building Design
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!
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.
Video Game Design
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.
Through reflection and sharing, students will understand the importance of leadership and community service in the college application process.
Using standards-aligned, narrative techniques students will reflect on what makes them unique.
Find Your Passion
If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. Allow students to see how their passions and interests can lead to a promising career through a series of surveys, interviews and research.
Your students will visualize, organize and illustrate their future pathways and then translate this information into goals for themselves, with a written action plans for achievement.
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.
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.
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.
What's Lurking in Your Fast Food?
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.
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.
City Planning for Biodiversity and Our Future
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.
Body Systems and Biomimicry
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.