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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.

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Trade and Industrial
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Earth Resources
Living Systems and Processes
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Date Added:
11/24/2020
VT PEERS: Engineering a Water Filter
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Lesson Length: 1-2 hoursGrade Level: 6-8Students build a water filter with a variety of natural and commercially produced materials. First they test the materials and then choose which to layer together themselves based on material performance. Students learn about water resources and engineered supports for the earth’s water systems and the impacts on environmental and human health. Engineering connections are highlighted throughout the lesson. Special thanks to Giles County, VA STEM Coordinator, Christina Martin, whose unit on The Global Water Crisis was the inspiration for this lesson. Also thanks to the NASA Water Filtration Challenge (https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/water-filtration-challenge/) that helped guide Christina in the development of her lesson.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.

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Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Technology Education
Trade and Industrial
Professional Learning
Science
Earth Resources
Living Systems and Processes
Scientific and Engineering Practices
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VT PEERS
Date Added:
11/13/2020
VT PEERS: Engineers use the Scientific Method too!
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Lesson length: 1-2 hoursGrade level: 6-8Students use a recipe to create bouncy balls and then measure the bounce of their ball to test damping qualities of different materials. Students practice using the scientific method and think about how engineers might use it.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.

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Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Technology Education
Science
Force/Motion/Energy
Scientific and Engineering Practices
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VT PEERS
Date Added:
10/23/2020
VT PEERS: Microcontroller Kit - Environmental Conditions
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Teachers and students can learn how to put together a Microcontroller Kit with an environmental conditions sensor that measures temperature, humidity, pressure and altitude and could be used for multiple experiments and shared collectively amongst departments or schools.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.

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Computer Science
Algorithms and Programming
Computing Systems
Data and Analysis
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STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Technology Education
Professional Learning
Science
Earth and Space Systems
Scientific and Engineering Practices
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VT PEERS
Date Added:
11/24/2020
VT PEERS: Microcontroller Kit - Temperature Sensor
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Teachers and students can see an example of how to put together a Microcontroller Kit with a Temperature sensor that could be used for multiple experiments and shared collectively amongst departments or schools.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:
Computer Science
Algorithms and Programming
Computing Systems
Data and Analysis
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Technology Education
Trade and Industrial
Professional Learning
Science
Earth and Space Systems
Living Systems and Processes
Scientific and Engineering Practices
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VT PEERS
Date Added:
11/25/2020
VT PEERS: Mountains Have SO MUCH Potential!
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Lesson Length: 1-2 hoursGrade Level: 6-8Students learn about potential and kinetic energy as it relates to mountain roads. The activities are grounded in engineering design thinking as it relates to engineered roads and road repair. Also included is a challenge activity with renewable energy Snap Circuit simulations.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
Technology Education
Trade and Industrial
Science
Force/Motion/Energy
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
VT PEERS
Date Added:
10/22/2020
VT PEERS: Outerspace Breakout Boxes
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Lesson Length: 1-2 hoursGrade Level: 6-8Students learn about relationships between earth and space including elements of our solar system, gravity, escape velocity, and space exploration though a breakout box experience. They solve clues about space and conditions needed to support life on a planet and perform tests related to space travel. Clues for opening locks on the breakout box are purposefully challenging to simulate the struggle engineers often grapple with when problem solving.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
Technology Education
Trade and Industrial
Professional Learning
Science
Earth and Space Systems
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Author:
VT PEERS
Date Added:
11/13/2020