- Teacher Resources
- 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|
|Fueling the Future||In this lesson students will learn about sustainable biofuels that can be produced in the Pacific Northwest for aviation.||Bioenergy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Engineering, Renewable Energy||Middle School (6-8)|
|Gel Beads||In this lesson students learn how to create gels from polymers. Students will learn the chemical background of polymers, gels and some every day uses. The background materials cover the chemistry of polymers and gels.||Chemistry||Elementary (4-5)|
|Generations of Biofuels||Students will learn about the three generations of biofuels. They will learn how they are produced, their advantages and disadvantages, and the marketability of each fuel through this discussion-based activity.||Bioenergy||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Green Building Design Using Google SketchUp||In this lesson students use software to build a simple structure from and then add their own “green” additions.||Engineering||High School (9-12)|
|Growing Algae for Fuel||In this lesson students will explore research themselves by growing algae using waste water (made with fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium).||Bioenergy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Engineering||Middle School (6-8)|
|Growing Bioenergy||In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to plant a poplar tree and discuss the uses and growth of poplar trees for bioenergy technologies.||Bioenergy, Biology||Middle School (6-8)|
|Habitat Lesson||In this lesson students will learn about owl habitat and survival requirements through a game to simulate owl survivability.||Biology, Ecology||Elementary (4-5)|
|Harnessing Solar Power with K'nex Cars||In this lesson, students incorporate problem solving to build a solar powered K’nex car.||Engineering, Renewable Energy||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Harnessing Wind Power||Students in this lesson learn about wind power, and design wind blades using the engineering process.||Engineering, Renewable Energy||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Home, Home in a Stream||In this lesson students will create stream ecosystems that focus on the differences between riffle, run, and pool ecosystems, while hypothesizing which macro invertebrate they would expect to find in each stream environment.||Biology, Ecology||Elementary (4-5)|