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STEM LAB

GREAT NECK SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT    ROOM 210

 This is a work in progress.  Below is our projected curriculum

This is a student centered lab based on the modular learning model.  Students will rotate through various learning activities during a 10 week cycle.

 

All students will receive Digital Photography and Power Point training at the beginning of the 10 weeks.  This instruction will allow them to create their final projects in the other units.

 

Educational technology will mix with technology education.  Students will be exposed to and learn Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.  They will use desktops computers, iPads, GPS, walkie talkies and more.  They will take and manipulate photos and import movies to demonstrate ideas and learning.  Sharing ideas and problem solving will be encouraged and required.

 

DESIGN AND ORTHOGRAPHIC DRAWING

ALL        Introduction to orthographic projection 3-view drawing and design.

              Google Sketch-Up integration

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

ALL        Basic introduction to photography and upload, crop, select, layers, filters, print

                            Pop Art Poster/Student Locker Sign/etc                    

 

POWER POINT

ALL        How to make a power point presentation and include digital media                   

              Presentations to include:  Safety/inform/instructional/public service

 

THESE WILL BE THE MODULES THAT THE STUDENTS ROTATE THROUGH:

BRIDGE BUILDER   two stations 4 students

ALL        Create a virtual bridge using West Point Bridge Builder      

              Meet the requirements/criteria and constraints

              Save bridge

Gr 7      Toothpick bridges   first watch instruction video                    

                            Then, build a bridge with toothpicks                             

Gr 8      Balsa bridges  first watch instruction video                              

                            Then, build a bridge with balsa wood                         

ALL        Bridge Testing

                            Use iPad/camera to photograph bridge testing sequence

                            Post photos with data about bridge underneath

                            Create an excel spreadsheet of bridge data            

 

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

ALL        Introduction to alternative energy sources, ph and acid rain

Gr 7      wind turbine blade construction:  horizontal/vertical/round

Gr 8      solar panel voltage exploration, powering a car with solar panel                          

ROBOTICS      

ALL        Robotics introduction                                                                                                                

Gr 7      part identification, computer control

Gr 8      research into new robots and their uses, design robotic arm contest                      

                           

TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AND AERODYNAMICS     

ALL        Use foam models in wind tunnel to explore aerodynamics                                                

              Car Builder Software and iPad app

              STEM Long Island book research on rail road history

Gr 7      water bottle rocket - potential vs. kinetic energy                                                              

Gr 8      exploration of glider planes/paper airplanes or rubber band cars

              Create poster of best vehicle with specifications/bulletin board posts

 

CAD   

ALL        Google Sketch Up                                                                          

Gr 7      birdhouse, skyscraper designs

Gr 8      design alternative energy house/solar house

              Do research on site.  Print out Sketches

             

WEATHER 

              Weather station and computer software

ALL        teach daily weather, clouds etc. 

              Temperature sensor in greenhouse to graph on excel spreadsheet                        

Gr 7      insulation chambers and test for environmental impacts of insulation. 

              Solar car trial and solar cell explorations                                

Gr 8      build a solar cooker using recycled materials and tin foil  

             

GPS and Google Earth 

ALL        Basic GPS use including navigate the world/create a route leave a trail

              Google Earth  Learn to read a map/latitude and longitude/grids,        iPad app

Gr 7      research geotagging on internet                                              

Gr 8      use flight simulator and more on iPad

 

PNEUMATICS 

ALL        Use trainer and conduct experiments                                                                                  

Gr 7      do research on internet/prepare power point on pneumatic applications

Gr 8      do advanced research/prepare power point on pneumatic applications

 

ENGINEERING AND PACKAGING CHALLENGE 

ALL        YouTube videos and web sites to demonstrate Rube Goldberg challenge          

Gr 7      Recycled parts to build Marble Challenge Machine

Gr 8      Potato Chip Mailer or Egg Drop Activity

                                         

 

 

 
 
 
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