Design of a Door Alarm
10 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): David C Eichinger, Erin K Doherty, James Daniel Lehman, Venkatesh Merwade
This grade 4 design task helps students learn about simple circuits by designing a door alarm.
Design of a Green Roof
03 Jun 2014 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Bryan Hubbard, James Daniel Lehman
This grade 4 lesson addresses standards related to plant adaptation and response to the environment. Students are challenged to construct a model of a green roof for a house.
Designing Safer Roadways
03 Jun 2014 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Kendra A Erk, James Daniel Lehman
This grade 4 design task focuses on forces, motion, and transportation systems by challenging students to design a roadway that will slow and then stop vehicles from running off the road.
09 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Brenda Capobianco, James Daniel Lehman
This inquiry lesson, for grades 3-4, involves students conducting a fair test investigation to determine the way an object (a whirligig) falls through the air and how this fall depends on its mass, surface area, and other factors. This lesson is an adaptation of a lesson developed by...
Light Just Right
13 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): James Daniel Lehman
This 4th grade design activity focuses on electrical current and resistance. Students design a way to make a bulb light with differing brightnesses.
Pill Bugs' Habitat Inquiry Activity
11 Nov 2012 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): James Daniel Lehman
This is an inquiry activity, aligned to grade 4-6 standards, in which students design fair test investigations to determine the habitat of pill bugs (roly polies).
11 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Bryan Hubbard, Alyssa Panitch, Tahira Reid, Kari Clase, Nancy Irene Tyrie, James Daniel Lehman
This 4th grade design task lesson focuses on the concept of drag by asking students to develop ways to slow down a boat.
STEMEdhub: Supporting STEM Education Initiatives via the H U Bzero Platform
07 Apr 2015 | Publications | Contributor(s): James Daniel Lehman, Peg A Ertmer, Ann Bessenbacher
Built as one of 60+ hubs on the HUBzero platform, STEMEdhub was developed in 2011 as a resource for research, education, and collaboration in STEM education. The hub currently supports 82 different groups. In this article, the authors describe two specific groups (SLED and AAU) that are taking...
Teacher Reflection: Wargel, Slow Boats, Fall 2017
17 Jan 2018 | Teacher Reflections | Contributor(s): Karen Sue Wargel
The slow boat activity worked well as a culminating activity for force and motion.
The Case of the Pilfered Pin
29 May 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): James Daniel Lehman
This is an inquiry activity for grades 3-4. Students must measure temperature, mass, and length in order to solve a mystery.
Water Canal Design Task
03 Jun 2014 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Venkatesh Merwade, James Daniel Lehman
This grade 4 design tasks focuses on erosion and the construction of a canal to bring water to a water park.