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  1. Dog gone it!

    08 Jun 2015 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This design challenge, for students in grade 3, focuses on simple and compound machines. The objective of the challenge is to design a compound machine to help a large breed of dog to get into and out of the back of a car.

  2. STEMEdhub: Supporting STEM Education Initiatives via the H U Bzero Platform

    07 Apr 2015

    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...

  3. Bio-Inspired Paper Flowers

    03 Jun 2014 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 lesson introduces students to the basic structures of plants and their functions. Students are challenged to create paper flowers that turn colors through processes that mimics how real plants function.

  4. Save the Wolf (Simple Machines)

    03 Jun 2014 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 design lesson introduces simple machines and challenges students to use simple machines to create a device to capture a wolf.

  5. Earthen Dam Design Task

    03 Jun 2014 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 design task focuses on earth materials and the construction of an earthen dam.

  6. Drink Pouch

    11 Jun 2013 | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This 3rd grade design activity is focused on creating a drink pouch that can keep a drink cool in the hot sun.

  7. Design of Musical Instruments for a Rock Band

    10 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 design task helps students to learn about sound by designing a stringed musical instrument.

  8. Sound Absorption

    09 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 lesson plan focuses on a design task to create a wall to absorb sound.

  9. Exploring Whirligigs

    09 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    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...

  10. Design Team Developed: Reasons for Seasons

    30 Nov 2012 | Lesson Plans

    The Reasons for Seasons lesson, designed to meet 5th grade standards, addresses an important science concept involving the movements of the Earth around the Sun and the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis.

  11. Teacher Reflection: Lehman, Prosthetic Leg, Fall 2012

    09 Oct 2012 | Teacher Reflections

    This is Jim Lehman's reflection on the prosthetic leg activity in Fall 2012.

  12. Model Ecosystem Video

    04 Oct 2012 | Demonstration Video

    In this video, Professor David Eichinger discusses a model ecosystem activity that is used in Biology for Elementary Teachers and is applicable to the elementary classroom.

  13. Design Team Developed: Solar Panel

    06 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans

    This lesson plan is designed for 6th grade and covers 'Solar Panel' in the content area of Earth and Space Science. Extension activities and PowerPoint slides about solar panel are included.

  14. Design Team Developed: Conservation of Mass

    06 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans

    This lesson plan is designed for 5th grade and covers "conservation of mass." PowerPoint slides about 'Gas Mass & Conservation of Mass' is also included.

  15. Design Team Developed: Paper Recycling

    06 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans

    This lesson plan is designed for 5th grade and covers "volume and mass."

  16. EDCI Sticky Bridges Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 5 lesson plan, mass and structure

  17. EDCI Boats Afloat Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 5 lesson plan, buoyancy.

  18. EDCI Wind Turbines Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 5 lesson plan, weight and mass.

  19. EDCI Bridging the Gap Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 5 lesson plan, structures.

  20. EDCI Keep it Cool Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    5th grade lesson plan, insulation and heat transfer