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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|
|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)|
|Hungry, Hungry Macros||In this lesson students learn about the feeding strategies of macroinvertebrates by conducting an experiment using two functional groups (shredders and grazers).||Biology, Ecology||Elementary (4-5)|
|Hydraulics with Syringes||In this lesson, students will brainstorm and build a functional mechanical arm that uses hydraulic systems to perform different tasks.||Engineering||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|I'm in Danger||In this lesson students play a role-playing game to illustrate the wide ranging effects of listing a species under the federal Endangered Species Act.||Bioenergy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Engineering||Elementary (4-5)|
|Icebreakers||An interactive activity for students to get to know each other.||Team Building||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|