PA STEM Toolkit

The STEM Toolkit Workgroup will identify and/or design, review, and curate integrated K-12 STEM lessons that are coherent with the Pennsylvania Department of Education's vision, mission, and belief structure for STEM Education. Partners: Montgomery County IU, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit, Berks county Intermediate Unit, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit, Intermediate Unit 1, Lincoln Intermediate Unit, Schuylkill Intermediate Unit, Central Intermediate Unit, Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network Priorities: Diversify and increase the number of Pennsylvania Educators prepared to provide effective STEM Education for every learner. Diversify and increase the number of Pennsylvania students engaged in STEM experiences.
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Hoop Shoot Challenge

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Design and engineer a mechanical device that is powered by hydraulic (syringe and water) that includes levers and moving parts that will propel a ping pong ball to complete the 2 levels of the “Hoop Shoot Challenge”.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Unit of Study

Author: Rick Zilla

Oil Spill Simulation

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Students will have the opportunity to work in groups and investigate the effects of an “oil spill” in a water body. In a simulated “ocean” (a pan of water), students will drop a small amount of oil into the water and see the effects and interaction. In an introduction to the workshop, students discuss sources of pollution and oil contamination in water bodies – from point sources (tanker spills) and non-point sources (vehicle run-off). A brief discussion on preventing and cleaning up oil contamination will lead into the activity, in which the students will use a variety of materials to see what method works best for recovering the most oil from the water.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Jamie Hitz

Literature Based STEM - Book List & Corresponding Activities

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Literature Based STEM - Book List & Corresponding Activities: Looking for grab-and-go elementary STEM lessons? Looking for a read-aloud to hook an existing STEM lesson? Trying to build a STEM library? Search the spreadsheet by titles, authors, big ideas, themes, and lessons. Whether you are a STEM specialist or a classroom teacher, these lessons will work for you.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Reading

Authors: Sara Bowers, Jessica Redcay, janemarie mckay

Learning the 4Cs Through Literacy-Based STEM

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In this unit, students will learn about the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, creation, and critical thinking) through literature-based engineering challenges. Each lesson focuses on one "C" and one read-aloud. This unit is geared for grades 2-3 but could be adapted to any elementary grade level. COMMUNICATION - Click Clack Moo COLLABORATION - Iggy Peck Architect CRITICAL THINKING - Rosie Revere Engineer CREATION - Galimoto

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

Author: Sara Bowers

amusementparkSTEM

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--In this activity student will create an amusement park ride out of KNEX that displays a certain type of motion. They will describe their ride. They will then place it in the correct spot on the map by writing the name of it on the worksheet. After all groups have their rides labeled on the map- students should fill in the lines section of the worksheet- identifying parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Jamie Hitz

Dream House Million Dollar Project Unit

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This project is meant to be cross-curricular, requiring students to utilize many instructional skills to complete each step. Such skills will include number sense to one million, addition and subtraction to one million, area/perimeter/scaling, 3-D design, and writing/advertising. The project could be completed in sequential order, completed as isolated projects or hand selected for which components are used in your classroom.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Lesson, Module

Author: Matthew Rogers

MATTER AND ENERGY IN HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS

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This 5th grade unit will take about 8 weeks, 25.5 hours to complete. Students plan and carry out an original investigation in which they observe the effect of different types of matter on the growth of plants. They create their own observable question with prompting such as: “What type of matter do you think will affect plants’ growth?” or “Do you think the amount of a particular type of matter will affect how the plant grows?” They observe their experiment over a period of seven days (or longer if time allows). At the conclusion of the investigation, students use their data to explain how plants convert matter (gas and liquid) into plant matter.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Sabrina Ramirez

What Makes Things Move?

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Students will use an inquiry based approach to discover and reinforce how things move. They will discover that a push and a pull are a pair of forces that put things into motion. They will also investigate how friction is a force that slows an object in motion.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Alexis Ketner

Alien Launchers

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What kiddo doesn't want to launch something across the room?! In this challenge, students work to launch an alien the greatest distance using everyday materials. This is a challenge that can easily be adapted to different age groups and a variety of circumstances such as needing substitute plans or just beginning the wonderful world of STEM.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Beth Norman

Go Green: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, and Re-design a Plastic Grocery Bag

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This is a STEM unit that can be used in conjunction with ITEEA EbD TEEMS Grade 2 Our Environment, Our Health Unit. Further, teachers might want to use this STEM Unit with environmental units and Earth Day. Students learn about their positive and negative impact on their environment. Students learn that they can have a positive impact on their environment when they use the 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Redesign process.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Jessica Redcay

Air: Design a Parachute for a Lego Person

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This STEM challenge can be used during an air unit. Students work together in groups to create a parachute for a lego person. Students are able to find ways to best maximize air resistance. The students need to find the best way to increase the time that the lego person stays in the air when dropped from the second floor to the first floor.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Jessica Redcay