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- 2017 Middle School Challenge
These lessons cover STEM topics for grades 4-12. Many of them include options for advanced students. Additionally, the lessons meet Next Generation Science Standards.
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|Lesson Title||Lesson Summary||Subject||Grade Level|
|Community Strengthening||This lesson focuses on activities that help students engage with one another, as well as a larger network of students from SMILE clubs around the state during challenge events.||Family Math & Science Night||Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Coral Reef Diversity||In this lesson students are introduced to coral reef ecosystems to learn the importance of coral and adaptations coral has made to live in a unique habitat.||Biology, Climate Change, Ecology, Marine||Elementary (4-5)|
|Coral Skeletons||In this lesson students learn how coral shells are formed and the impact of climate change has had on coral reef ecosystems worldwide.||Biology, Climate Change, Ecology, Marine||Elementary (4-5)|
|Cost Management||In this lesson students will use LEGOs to design the most cost effective airplane without compromising on function.||Engineering||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Culminating Lesson||In this lesson students demonstrate their understanding of just-in-time manufaturing, facilities layout design, and design for manufacturability.||Engineering||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Design for Manufacturability||In this lesson students will learn about design for manufacturability through redesign to develop an understanding of designing for manufacturability.||Engineering||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Designing Engineers||In this lesson students will develop an understanding of the NGSS engineering design process in classroom activities.||Engineering||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Discovering Plate Boundaries||In this lesson, students will learn about plate boundaries using specialty and plate name to identify and classify data.||Geology||Elementary (4-5)|
|Drone Discovery||Students in this lesson will learn about drones, and information gathering abilities.||Engineering, Math, Physics||High School (9-12)|
|Earth Layers||In this lesson students will understand how Earth is dynamic and how moving plates form ocean basins, mountains ranges, volcanoes, and earthquakes.||Geology||Elementary (4-5)|