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  • VA.SCI.2018.G6.1
Acid Rain Effects
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Students conduct a simple experiment to model and explore the harmful effects of acid rain (vinegar) on living (green leaf and eggshell) and non-living (paper clip) objects.

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Denise Carlson
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Algorithm Picture Lesson
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The goal of this activity is to build critical thinking skills and excitement for Computer Science / Computational Thinking, while laying a foundation of fundamental programming concepts. By scaffolding basic concepts like sequencing and algorithms in an unplugged activity, students who are intimidated by computers can still build a foundation of understanding. In this lesson, students will learn how to develop an algorithm and encode it into a program.By "programming" one another to draw pictures, students experience some of the core concepts of programming in a fun and accessible way. The class will start by having students view a video of a simple program demonstrating how to develop instructions for building a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Students will start with simple shapes, and progress to the coding of a specific drawing that other students will then try to replicate (“running the program”). If there is a desire to have a more of a Math slant on the lesson, the drawing could take place on graph paper. Students would then use the coordinates to complete the drawing. 

Subject:
Computer Science
Algorithms and Programming
Business and Information Technology
English
Health/Physical Education
Mathematics
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Author:
Michael Speidel
Sharon Brandon
Date Added:
10/13/2020
Energy of Waves
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Science Instructional Plans (SIPs) help teachers align instruction with the 2018 Science Standards of Learning (SOL) by providing examples of how the content and the scientific and engineering practices found in the SOL and curriculum framework can be presented to students in the classroom.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Pam Forbes
Anne Petersen
Date Added:
10/14/2020
Hot Jobs: Biomechanical Engineering of a Nano-Tattoo
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Biomechanical engineering is an interdisciplinary field of science that applies the rules and principles of mechanical engineering to biological systems. It combines elements of many disciplines, including biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, and mathematics to better understand how physical forces influence living organisms. A biomechanical engineer may find work in the medical, scientific, industrial or governmental sectors. It is also sometimes considered a subset of Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Material Type:
Visual Media
Provider:
VPM
Author:
Trish Reed
Timothy Couillard
Allison Couillard
Date Added:
04/30/2020
Hot Jobs: Bioscience and Drug Discovery with “Organs on a Bench”
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Jobs in drug discovery and bioscience use math, biology and computer science to improve the lives of very sick people in a faster, safer way. If you do well in these subjects, this might be the field for you!

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Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Material Type:
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Allison Couillard
Timothy Couillard
Date Added:
01/23/2020
Hot Jobs: Cyber Security Analysts Fight Crime
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Cyber Security, the protection of our information via computers and the internet is one of the fastest growing industries in Virginia and around the world. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Cyber Security Analysts (also known as Information Security Analysts) will grow by 37% over the next 10 years. That’s a much faster growth rate than the average for all other occupations.

Subject:
Cybersecurity
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Allison Couillard
Timothy Couillard
Date Added:
01/23/2020
Hot Jobs:  Engineering Solutions
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Why is Engineering a Hot Job? Listen to 3 students from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Engineering to find out. During the recent VCU Capstone (Senior) Design Expo hundreds of engineering students solved problems and developed new products that will make a difference. Learn why these three students went into Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Material Type:
Visual Media
Provider:
VPM
Author:
Trish Reed
Timothy Couillard
Allison Couillard
Date Added:
04/30/2020
Hot Jobs: Making Our Daily Vitamins Effective—And Tasty!
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Gummie vitamins have become a popular way to get a good dose of nutrients each day. Check out three “Hot Shots and Hot Jobs” involved in the development and design of gummie vitamins: Product Design Scientist, Confection Technologist, and Analytical Chemist.This visual media resource is designed for grades 6-12.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Allison Couillard
Timothy Couillard
Date Added:
01/23/2020
Hot Jobs: Powering Up with Renewable Energy
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Providing electric power can take a heavy toll on the environment. In recent years, that has led to increased interest in renewable energy. It’s a big responsibility, and doing it well requires all kinds of people with different skills and talents. Let’s meet three Dominion Energy employees (Project Engineer, Groundman, and Biologist), who are doing very different jobs to bring power safely to our communities. This visual media resource is designed for grades 6-12.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Allison Couillard
Timothy Couillard
Date Added:
01/23/2020
Hot Jobs: Software Engineers Create Solutions Through Code
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Just about everything you can do on a computer—checking your email, posting to Facebook, online banking and shopping—is powered by software. The people who come up with that software, and keep it working efficiently, are behind the scenes of a big portion of our lives.  Software engineering is an exciting career,.

Subject:
Algorithms and Programming
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Business and Information Technology
Career Connections
Material Type:
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Allison Couillard
Timothy Couillard
Date Added:
01/23/2020
Hot Jobs:  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Go Soaring for a Bird’s Eye View
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In just a few short years, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, sometimes called drones) has risen dramatically. You may know someone who flies one as a hobby, and you’ve certainly seen the breathtaking bird’s-eye footage they can produce for movies and television.  Piloting one of these may be an interesting career path.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Allison Couillard
Timothy Couillard
Date Added:
01/23/2020
Hot Jobs:  Urban Design
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HOT JOBS: URBAN DESIGN

Urban designers are in charge of arranging city structures. They design plazas and parks, groups of buildings, and the roads and sidewalks that connect them all.

This is a digital classroom resource for grades 6-12.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Material Type:
Visual Media
Provider:
VPM
Author:
Trish Reed
Timothy Couillard
Allison Couillard
Date Added:
04/30/2020
Hot Jobs in Nanotechnology
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Nanotechnology has enormous job growth potential. According to a recent survey by the National Science Foundation, by 2015 the need for technology professionals working in Nanotechnology will increase to 800,000 employers in the US and more than 2 million worldwide.   Learn more about the rapidly emerging field of Nanotechnology at VCU in this Science Matters video.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Allison Couillard
Timothy Couillard
Date Added:
01/21/2020
Mission to Mars
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The Mission to Mars curricular unit introduces students to Mars the Red Planet. Students discover why scientists are so interested in studying this mysterious planet. Many interesting facts about Mars are revealed, and the history of Martian exploration is reviewed. Students will learn about the development of robotics and how robots are beneficial to science, society and the exploration of space. Details on engineers' involvement in space exploration are presented. Furthermore, students will learn how orbits allow astronauts to move from planet to planet and what type of equipment is used by scientists and engineers to safely explore space. Lastly, the specific details on and human risks for a possible future manned mission to Mars (and back to Earth again!) are discussed.

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
03/02/2009
Remote Robotics
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Following Curiosity and Perseverance on Mars often means roving to places with interesting materials  to study, places away from the initial landing site. In this lesson, students experience the processes involved in engineering a communication protocol. To  reach their goal, students must create a calibrated solution within constraints and  parameters of communicating with a rover on Mars. Students will explore the opportunities and challenges of remote robotics by framing the problem around the idea that scientists and computer scientists must work together to successfully program rovers in remote locations like Mars. Students will also explore the idea that a robot simply follows a set of well defined algorithms.  Students will be provided a set of possible courses that their robot must navigate. Students will code their robot to navigate around the obstacles within the course to arrive at a set location.

Subject:
Computer Science
STEM/STEAM
Technology Education
Earth and Space Systems
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michael Speidel
Sharon Brandon
Date Added:
12/22/2020
Renewable Resources & Minecraft Houses
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Students will explore the opportunities and challenges of using renewable energy by selecting a Minecraft Biome and developing a home that utilizes the unique characteristics of that biome to create energy. The lesson is intended to be completed in two different parts. In Part 1, students will learn about how Clean Energy sources can be different based on the biome. They will also familiarize themselves with Minecraft. In Part 2, students will select a specific Minecraft world (6 different biomes) and will design and build a home that uses a renewable energy source unique to that biome.  

Subject:
Computer Science
Science
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michael Speidel
Sharon Brandon
Date Added:
10/14/2020
Scientific Method: Paper Towel Absorbency
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This activity can be used as an introduction to using the scientific method. It is relevant at all intermediate and high school levels( 6-12). Paper towels are used to introduce the basic steps of the scientific method and how it can be used to determine which type of paper towel is the most absorbent. Students will then use the scientific method to evaluate another property of the paper towel (e.g., strength, softness, etc).

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Emily Harris
Date Added:
12/14/2019
Snell’s Law and Optical Systems
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Science Instructional Plans (SIPs) help teachers align instruction with the 2018 Science Standards of Learning (SOL) by providing examples of how the content and the scientific and engineering practices found in the SOL and curriculum framework can be presented to students in the classroom.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Pam Forbes
Anne Petersen
Date Added:
11/02/2020
VT PEERS: Bees Breakout Boxes
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Lesson Length: 1-2 hoursGrade Level: 6-8Students will explore population interaction and impacts on an ecosystem through a breakout box activity grounded in engineering design thinking. Students will learn about how bees are interrelated within an ecosystem by solving clues to save a hive from a breakout box and they will engineer a plan to incorporate bees into a community that addresses concerns, benefits and trade offs for the bees and the humans.This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1657263. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Trade and Industrial
Science
Earth Resources
Living Systems and Processes
Special Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Author:
VT PEERS
Date Added:
11/24/2020