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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|
|Human Population Density||Students in this lesson learn about population density, specifically in humans, and determine the population density in 5-8 state in the United States.||Biology||Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|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)|
|Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME)||In this lesson plan, students learn about industrial and manufacturing engineering (IME). Students will revise and create IME lessons and learn about lean manufacturing processes.||Engineering||High School (9-12)|
|Insect Tea Party||Students in this lesson will about organism traits, behavior, and habitats through one-on-one conversations with fellow students.||Biology||Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8)|
|Introduction to a Riparian Zone||In this lesson students will be introduced to the functions of a riparian zone ecosystem. Students will brainstorm ideas for creating a riparian zone model that they will build upon throughout the unit.||Biology||Elementary (4-5)|
|Introduction to Biodiversity||Students in this lesson will learn to different organism characteristics through recordings and shared observations.||Biology||Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8)|
|Introduction to Graphing||This lesson is designed to help students understand that we are all potential users of data, and that data is something we all give or receive.||Biology, Engineering, Math, Physics||Elementary (4-5)|