Lesson Plans

10 Easy Steps for Starting a S.T.E.M. Club

Have you ever wondered how we can introduce elementary students to as much STEM curriculum as possible? Do you wish you could get help from the outside world? As a 5th grade teacher interested in preparing my students for their future, the idea of participating in the Kenan Fellows Program was incredibly appealing to me. I was looking for ways to professionally advance as well as learn new techniques for reaching today’s tech savvy generation. My year as a Kenan Fellow has helped me create a plan to do just that. By combining modules created by IBM in addition to collecting school-centric activities, I have created a curriculum to walk even the most hesitant educator through hosting a STEM club at their school. Not only will your students develop collaboration and problem solving skills through learning the design thinking process, but they will also learn to approach the solving of globally relevant problems from a STEM lens. In addition to the resources provided through my internship at IBM, I have curated a collection of lessons from fellow educators that will help you run a successful STEM club.

Author: Megan Peterson


Content Area
  • Engineering
  • Math
  • Science
  • Technology

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Over fishing and Aquaculture

Students will be able to explain why overfishing has occurred in our oceans, describe the effects of overfishing on fish stocks, and create a plan to manage overfishing. Students will be able to graph changes in a population over time. Students will create a visual public service poster,  set a purpose, consider audience and develop focused ideas for a specific purpose and exhibit personal style, voice, and design to enhance the written informational content.

Author: Stephanie Titzel


Content Area
  • Agriculture
  • Science

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Cichlid Sex Determination – A DNA POGIL

POGIL is an acronym for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning.  POGIL is a tool that allows for the simultaneous teaching of core content and higher-order thinking skills.  This lesson includes content regarding DNA structure and storage in the cell, as well as its use in coding for proteins, and thereby determining phenotype.  Models are based on data and procedures used in the Roberts lab at NC State University.  Two possible timelines for implementation are provided.

Author
April Bernier


Content Area
  • Biology
  • Science

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One Health Challenge

The One Health Initiative is a local, national and global collaborative effort of multiple disciplines to attain optimal health for people, the environment, and animals. In this lesson plan, students who complete in the One Health Challenge will use their knowledge, skills, and interests to try and make a positive global impact by brainstorming, designing, and marketing a wearable device to monitor a health condition for humans, animals, or the environment.

Author
Peter Styliadis


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Technology

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Applying Linear Regression to Marathon Data

This lesson/project is a culminating activity designed to reinforce the concepts learned about linear regression, as well as demonstrate the mastery of learning these concepts. The teacher will have covered all notes regarding linear regression and the students will have had some practice with these concepts.

Author
Angela Stabler


Content Area
  • Math

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Advancing Healthcare Analyzing Data and Constructing Bar Graphs

Students will work in groups to compare data and construct picture graphs and bar graphs. Students will be presented with data examples from the Vidant Medical Group’s Home Health division. The data will detail examples of their patient enrollment numbers.

Author
Keshia Speight


Content Area
  • Math

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Let’s Learn About Stewardship and River Basins

What affects the Rivers Basins more …. Humans, Farms, or Industries?

  • Students will compare the water quality of different rivers in North Carolina.
  • Students will trace the path that each river travels
    • Towns
    • Industries
  • Students will determine which waterway is more polluted and why?

Author
Michelle Shephard


Content Area
  • Earth Science
  • Science

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All Call to Take It Off the Grid

Students will explore the the electric grid and smart grid. They will compare and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the current and future power systems. They will focus their exploration on Photovoltaic energy (solar).  Armed with this background knowledge students will explore the features of commercial solar phone chargers and use this research to design their own solar chargers. As an extension students will build their own solar chargers. This mini unit may be done as stations or small group activities.

Author
Deborah Scherr-Freedman


Content Area
  • Science

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Building a Solar Generator

After touring a local solar farm and learning about solar energy as a renewable resource, students will work in teams help to set up a solar panel and build a portable solar generator. Based on their observations and experiences during the lesson, students will evaluate and discuss the benefits and disadvantages of using solar energy to generate electricity.

Disclaimer: This project was made possible through grant funding.

Author
Justin Jones


Content Area
  • Earth Science
  • Science

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It’s Lit … LilyPad Sensors in eTextiles

Students will learn basic coding and embellish apparel (Shirts, Bags, Hats, etc.) with Lily Pad components like LED lights and other sensors.

Author
Ty Jeffery


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Technology

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The Destination is the Conservation of Our Nation!

This lesson is geared toward helping students understand the importance of conservation and stewardship practices. As aligned with the state standards issued by the Department of Education for North Carolina, students will begin to understand the importance of crop rotations and cover crops in the field of agriculture. Students will also be able to understand the importance of water filtration and its impact on families around the world. This lesson plan aims to focus on the 8th grade Energy: Conservation and Transfer unit of the North Carolina Essential Standards.

Author
Mitch Harper


Content Area
  • Environmental Science
  • Science

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‘Lifting’ Classroom Instruction

Through this lesson students will be introduced to many different STEM careers in the industrial and manufacturing world. This unit plan contains a variety of lessons that all align to the 7th Grade Common Core Math Standards, specifically to the Ratios and Proportions domain. This plan is meant to be introduced at the beginning of the Ratios and Proportions unit, then cycled back throughout the remainder of the school year.

Author
Samantha Haislip


Content Area
  • Math

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Solar Energy for Life

In this lesson, students will use different types of materials to collect Solar Energy to stay warm and protected. The project will introduce the different ways to collect solar energy.  The students will be researching information about The Last Great Race, how solar energy works, the materials they are given, and how long the musher and dogs can be out in the elements before suffering from a serious injury.

Author
Heather Clevenger


Content Area
  • Geometry
  • Science

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Exploring Circuitry Using Hands On Technology: Makey Makeys

Students will learn basic circuit and electric component uses.  They will be able to explore how current electricity moves in a circuit and how sensors measure and respond to the environment.  Students can work in small groups or individually to explore circuitry at their own pace.  Students can be assessed formatively before and after on the function of specific electrical components.  Students will also learn information useful for summative assessments.

Author
Caleb Zander


Content Area
  • Physics
  • Science

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Blink and It’s Gone

This unit is created for students with a basic understanding of computer coding. Students will build and test a coding program to turn an LED light on and off using an Arduino Uno board. The students will connect the hardware to a breadboard, program the code using Arduino software, test the system, adapt variations in blinking times, evaluate their results, and share observations with their classmates.

Author
Brooke Woodard


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Technology

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