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Adaptation and Biomimicry
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In this unit of study students learn about adaptations and how they help animals survive. They will apply this knowledge to design new technologies. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

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Life Science
Mathematics
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Unit of Study
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South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Dylan McCann
Adaptations Through Natural Selection
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Students will plan and design an imaginary organism that lives in the Temperate Deciduous Forest, Tropical Rainforest, or Desert. Students will then identify three adaptations of this animal, and determine how the adaptations of that animal may respond to a change in the ecosystem.

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Life Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Dan Leighton
Animal Studies
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In this unit of study students learn how an animal's body structure and behavior help it survive in its habitat. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

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Life Science
Mathematics
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Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Susan Ford
Bridges
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In this unit of study students learn about different types of bridges and how to design and build their own bridge. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

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Mathematics
Physical Science
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Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Terry Evers
Building Paddle Boats
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Students will design, build, and test a spring-powered pontoon boat using common materials that must travel at least 20cm. Students will then use video software to analyze the motion of their craft.

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Architecture and Design
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Todd Dauenhauer
Composting: Cycling of Matter
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Students will construct a model of the carbon cycle to explore the cycling of matter in decomposition. Students will design a process to compost food waste and recycle products used during lunchtime to reduce the amount of garbage the school produces.

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Life Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Rhiannon Boettcher
Diversity of Life
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In this unit of study students learn about diversity of life by focusing on bats. They will learn about their habitat, structures and functions, and behaviors. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

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Life Science
Mathematics
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Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Sonia Lulay
Energy Resources
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In this unit of study students learn about energy and energy transfer. They focus on how to use energy transfer to solve a problem. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

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Mathematics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Jane Johnston
Exploring Ecosystems Through Lichen
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Students will use a Scanning Electron Microscope to observe and classify lichen. Students will design a field-based investigation to determine the relationship between an abiotic factor and lichen.

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Life Science
Biology
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South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Emily Parent
From Cells To Organisms
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Students will construct a model of a cell in order to identify organelles and their function as they build an understanding of the increasing complexity of tissues, organs, organ systems, and organisms.

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Life Science
Biology
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
David Jellis
Genetically Modified Organisms and Biotechnology
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Students will construct an argument based on evidence regarding their position on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Students will conduct an inquiry investigation in Mendelian genetics using Wisconsin Fast Plants.

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Life Science
Genetics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Toni Hanson
Motion and Design
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In this unit of study students learn how to design vehicles using different forms of energy to solve real-world problems. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Jeremiah Xiong
Nanotechnology
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Students will investigate the properties of matter too small to see, as well as how it behaves when present in different quantities. Students will design a procedure to measure the thickness of a thin film of oil on the surface of water.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Dr. Luann Lee
Nanotechnology: Mystery Mixtures
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In this unit of study, students will research topics in nanotechnology and attempt to identify a mystery mixture of different powders using a scanning-electron microscope. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

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Physical Science
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South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Larry Zurcher
Physics: Build a Fan Drone
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In this unit of study, students will design, build, program, and test a small fan-powered "robot" created with an Arduino controller. The drone must move a certain distance, then stop. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Dan Robinette
Population Dynamics & Biodiversity
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Students will explain the concept of diversity and calculate various ways to measure diversities. Students will analyze data and factors limiting a population, and evaluate human impact on biodiversity. (Note: this unit was designed for an IB Environmental Sciences course.)

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Sara Childers
Projectile Motion
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In this unit of study students learn that in the horizontal direction a projectile moves at a constant speed with nothing to cause acceleration. In the vertical direction a projectile accelerates due to the earth’s gravitational field. And combining these two type of motions together you can determine the parabolic arch of a projectile. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Sarah Price
Renewable Resource: Solar Power
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Students will investigate the efficiency of photovoltaic cells, develop a physical model of their school, and evaluate whether placing solar panels on their school would be a cost-effective solution.

Subject:
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Mark Madland
Separating Mixtures to Improve Environmental Health
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Students will design a method that applies various chemistry techniques to separate a mixture by physical means to simulate how a scientist would mitigate contamination in a stream due to run-off.

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Ecology
Physical Science
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Emmely Briley
Sound Waves
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In this unit of study students learn about sound waves. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Lisa Garrett
Using the Scrum Framework
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In this unit of study, students will learn about and experience the fundamentals of using the Scrum framework for product development. This unit was applied to a VEX robotics team. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

Subject:
Physical Science
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Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Greg Smith
Weather: Farewell to Flodding
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In this unit of study students learn how patterns can be used to predict weather. They also learn about how climates vary in different regions of the world. Finally, students learn how to create a structure that can withstand weather conditions in different climates. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Maureen Foelkl