Lesson Plans

Thinking Like the Vanderbilts: Students Explore Sustainable Community Development

After considering the work of Biltmore Farms, a sustainable development company rooted in the heritage of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, students will develop their own sustainable community.

Author

Andrea Walter


Content Area
  • Science
  • Social Studies

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Ag-STEM Interdisciplinary Summer Camp

As outlined below, students will participate in a variety of activities during a five-day Ag-STEM summer camp, in which they grow their knowledge of and appreciation for agriculture. Additionally, students will have daily practice with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts and will strengthen their English Language skills. Both native speakers and English Language Learners need daily opportunities to practice the four domains of language as addressed in state standards (SWRL: speaking, writing, reading, and listening).

Authors

Autumn Stobart and Harley Summey


Content Area
  • Agriculture
  • Science
  • STEM

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Chemistry and Our World

What is chemistry? Review matter and matter’s subgroups of mixtures (homogeneous and heterogeneous), substances (elements and compounds), the scientific method (data and analysis), properties and changes of the physical and chemical kind, numbers and units, dimensional analysis, the metric system, and significant figures. This is first of three units. See Unit 2: Atoms and the Periodic Table and Unit 3: The Mole for more.

Author

Leslie Rhinehart


Content Area
  • Chemistry

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Electrifying Art: Electricity

Students learn about how electricity works and apply it to their artwork. Students will also learn about TriCounty EMC, who provides electricity to many of the students at the school. Students will be able to learn about the many jobs and support the Co-op provides to the surrounding communities.

Author

Erica Levai


Content Area
  • Art
  • Business
  • Science

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The Engineering Design Process in Action

An engineer is someone who solves problems. To solve problems, engineers use a technique known as the engineering design process to perform experiments with objects that represent other things. This way they can visualize what will happen in the real scenario. To visualize how Biogen engineers were able to develop a container to transport drug-filled vials, students will use the steps in the engineering design process and a modification of the Egg Drop experiment to develop a solution to Biogens’ drug transport problem.

Author

Jacqueline Brown


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • STEM
  • Technology

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CCS Technology Development via Chemical Looping

This Project-Based Learning (PBL) lesson is originally designed for the STEM Capstone course at Athens Drive Magnet High School in Raleigh, NC. This course was created as the final project course for senior students in the high school’s STEM Energy and Sustainability Academy.

The curriculum for the course focuses on developing engineering mindsets and approaches to problem solving. This PBL is meant to apply those procedures to chemical looping research and development being completed at NC State University by Dr. Fanxing Li and his research team. The PBL begins by defining the problem of CO2 overproduction as a result of fossil fuel usage and ends with students designing their own chemical looping combustion power plant in an attempt to address the problem.

Author

Shane Barry


Content Area
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
  • STEM

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School to Work

Students will identify their dream jobs based on their current interests and meeting with professionals from the community. In a group, they will research the specific requirements for that job, demonstrate a project that would help prepare for that job, and interview someone currently doing that work. They will present their dream job in a student-run career fair for other students.

Author
Amanda Clapp


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Literacy
  • Social Studies

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Let’s Learn about Viscosity

This project teaches students about the viscosity of liquids and how that can change over time depending on different factors. Students are given different product data points that a company wants them to evaluate. Each company requires their product to have different things. Some want a product with high viscosity, and some want a lower viscosity. Each company will have three viscosity reading graphs with the points of data and average viscosity included. Students will get these graphs to help them evaluate and create their own data over time graphs.

Author
Miranda Pierce


Content Area
  • Science

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How to Work Like an Engineer

In this blended learning unit, students will explore the culture and safety principles of an engineering work environment and apply them to their own work environment in the school and classroom. They will complete a range of tasks that require 21st-century skills that are found in industry including critical thinking, reflection, and collaboration. Students will have a choice in the work that is completed and the pace of learning. The teacher should serve as a guide rather than a lecturer. The content can be modified for different grade levels, other LMS formats, and ELLs using the resources provided.

Author
Tiffany Fitzgerald


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Engineering
  • Language Arts
  • Literacy

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Using Color to Enhance Observations

Students will use the Farnsworth-Munsell Hue pallet (or other color samples) to understand the importance of using details and descriptive writing when writing and note-taking in all subject areas.

Author
Donna Pyatt


Content Area
  • Language Arts
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Visual Arts

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Spinning around: How does a NMR spectrometer work?

Students will explore angular momentum and precession with an engineering challenge. This is followed by a deeper exploration of how precession is used in NMR spectroscopy.

Author
Megan Alvord


Content Area
  • Physics
  • Science

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Being the Change: Analyzing Statistics

During this lesson, students will be introduced to how mathematical statistics influence real-life situations so that they can use those skills to create solutions to problems in their everyday lives. Prior to this lesson, students have researched a real-life current event that personally affects them.

Author
Shannon Bowman


Content Area
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • statistics

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Seeing Solutions

In this lesson, students will make their own solutions using water, food coloring, salt, and sugar. Students will observe how the solutions are made and predict what might happen when they mix those solutions. Students will add various quantities to a communal bin and observe what they see. The teacher will challenge the students to think about how they might return the solution back to its original form and students will test their hypotheses.  The class will then discuss various social and emotional scenarios that reflect the observations of the experiment. 

Author
Kathleen Janes


Content Area
  • Science

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Finding Fibonacci

In this lesson, students will identify math in the natural world, build a number line, and create their own artwork using mathematical properties of the Fibonacci sequence. Students will read various texts to discover the sequence and examples in the world.  They will then use their own work and calculators to extend the sequence on a number line.  This work can be scaffolded for students’ readiness levels.

Author
Kathleen Janes


Content Area
  • Math

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STEM Forces and Motion Hoop Glider

Students will explore the concepts of testing, variations, and variables through the construction of a hoop glider and participation in a competition to see which team can build a glider that will glide the farthest before touching the ground.

Author
Thomas House


Content Area
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Science

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