Nanoscience and PBL Resources for Teachers
13 Jul 2015
This document includes nanoscience resources separated by big idea. There are also resources based on the applications discussed in the 2015 RGS course and websites where you can purchase materials for nano activities. The PBL resources include examples, tools and articles. All of the resources...
Dog gone it!
08 Jun 2015 | Contributor(s): Brenda Capobianco, Todd Richard Kelley, Chell Nyquist, James Daniel Lehman
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.
STEMEdhub: Supporting STEM Education Initiatives via the H U Bzero Platform
07 Apr 2015 | 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...
Bio-Inspired Paper Flowers
03 Jun 2014 | Contributor(s): Bryan Hubbard, James Daniel Lehman
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.
Save the Wolf (Simple Machines)
03 Jun 2014 | Contributor(s): Kendra A Erk, James Daniel Lehman
This grade 3 design lesson introduces simple machines and challenges students to use simple machines to create a device to capture a wolf.
Earthen Dam Design Task
03 Jun 2014 | Contributor(s): Venkatesh Merwade, James Daniel Lehman
This grade 3 design task focuses on earth materials and the construction of an earthen dam.
PBL to the Rescue: Using PBL in a Human Anatomy and Physiology High School Class
17 Sep 2013 | Seminars | Contributor(s): Brian Duncan
This one hour video presentation given by Brian Duncan, an Attica, Indiana Jr./Sr. High School science teacher. He presents his experience using PBL to teach Human Anatomy and Physiology High School class to the Research Goes to School workshop in Summer 2013. Be sure to look at the supporting...
Biofuel Candle Comparison Lab
20 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Kathy Daniels
This basic lab was developed to be used in a non-science classroom to help start student thinking about energy densities of different fuels in mathematical terms. The main objective is to get middle and high school math students to quantify observations of candles made from petroleum based fuels...
11 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Bryan Hubbard, Alyssa Panitch, Kari Clase, Tahira Reid, Nancy Irene Tyrie, James Daniel Lehman
This 3rd grade design activity is focused on creating a drink pouch that can keep a drink cool in the hot sun.
Design of Musical Instruments for a Rock Band
10 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): David C Eichinger, Erin K Doherty, James Daniel Lehman, Venkatesh Merwade
This grade 3 design task helps students to learn about sound by designing a stringed musical instrument.
09 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): James Daniel Lehman
This grade 3 lesson plan focuses on a design task to create a wall to absorb sound.
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...
Design Team Developed: Plastic Water Bottle Design
30 Nov 2012 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): James Daniel Lehman
This lesson plan, intended for grade 6, focuses on using mathematics to design the shape of a plastic water bottle to optimize the surface area to volume ratio and so reduce the amount of plastic used to make the bottles.
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).
Model Ecosystem Video
04 Oct 2012 | Demonstration Video | Contributor(s): David C Eichinger, James Daniel Lehman
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.
Design Team Developed: Sun Tracking System for a Solar Panel
13 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Bryan Hubbard, Kari Clase, John Grutzner, Alyssa Panitch, Nancy Irene Tyrie
This lesson plan is designed for 6th grade and addresses topics related to the sun-earth-moon system. Specifically, this lesson addresses that seasons result from the tilt of the earth, which causes changes in sunlight intensity and length of day. Related mathematical standards address...
Design Team Developed: Reindeer Habitat
06 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Senay Purzer, David C Eichinger, Erin K Doherty
This lesson plan is designed fro 6th grade and covers life science topics in science and are calculations in math. In engineering, the importance of using scientific and engineering vocabulary in explanations & justifications is emphasized.
EDCI Strong Book Nook Fall 2011
28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Brenda Capobianco
Grade 6 lesson plan, engineering design process.
Think-aloud Protocol Analysis as a Measure of Students' Science Learning through Design Assessment
28 Mar 2012 | Publications | Contributor(s): Todd Richard Kelley, Brenda Capobianco
Research has indicated that authentic engineering design tasks hold the attention andinterest of students and can lead to deeper levels of science engagement (Fortus, Dershimer, Krajcik, Marx, & Mamlok-Naaman, 2004; Roth, 1996; 1997; 1998). However, there is a need for student assessments...
EDCI Catapults Sp 2012
28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Mary Hildebrand, Andrea Levrio