biomimicry

Biomimicry: From Adaptations to Inventions (Life Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Life Science (LS.1, LS.9)

What is the secret to success? Individual organisms on earth have their own unique adaptations allowing them to successfully live on earth. Each of these organisms has had to solve many of the same challenges facing humanity—finding food, creating shelter, harvesting energy, and transporting materials. Through advancements in science, engineers are unlocking those secrets and developing new products to enhance how we live. In this lesson, students will use their knowledge gained about plant adaptations to solve an engineering problem. Students will use the engineering design process to create, test, and analyze their own prototypes.

 


building green in the 21st

Building Green in the 21st Century (Science 6, Physical Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (6.1, 6.2); 2010 Physical Science (PS.1, PS.6, PS.7, PS.9)

The key to saving precious energy resources and reducing carbon emissions is efficiency in energy transfer. In this lesson, students will work in groups to explore concepts of energy transfer and efficiency. Additionally, students will examine new building materials that promise to save significant energy resources while producing less waste and less carbon dioxide for global warming.

  


chesapeake challenge

Chesapeake Challenge (Science 6) 

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (6.5, 6.7)

Imagine being stranded in the woods with a nearby stream as your only source of water. Would you drink the water? There are many hidden pollutants in our natural water sources that can have a negative impact on your health. Luckily, with the advancement in filtration methods, those pollutants can be removed to create safe drinking water. In this STEM challenge, students will build their own filter and then test its efficiency at removing pollutants from the water. Based upon their results, students will redesign to improve their filters. Connections will be made to the importance of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and the human impacts within its watershed.
Room Requirement: This lesson must be in a room with water access and lab tables.



crunch this

Crunch This! (Physical Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Physical Science (PS.1, PS.5, PS.6)

How does the design of the crumple zone of a car maximize safety and minimize damage during a crash? During this inquiry-based lesson, students will utilize their creativity as they develop knowledge of force, mass, acceleration, impact, and momentum to as they design and test crumple zones on cars. Students will use video and measurements taken with probes during car crashes to analyze their designs.

  


lets get trendy

Cryogenics (Physical Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Physical Science (PS.2, PS.5, PS.7)

Heat transfer is the exchange of thermal energy between physical systems. Students will explore this topic as they observe the application of liquid nitrogen to various objects including metals, rubber balls, balloons, flowers, and superconducting disks. Phases of matter are examined with an emphasis on the relationship between pressure, temperature, and volume.


im stuffed ultracapacitors

I'm Stuffed: Ultracapacitors and Energy Storage (Science 6, Physical Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (6.1, 6.2, 6.9); 2010 Physical Science (PS.1, PS.6, PS.10)

Unlike the fossil fuel resources they replace, many alternate energy sources, like wind power and solar, are not always available. To make them practical, they require some way to store energy for use when the power is needed but is not being generated. Ultracapacitors offer a new alternative to rechargeable batteries and utilize nanotechnology to increase the overall efficiency of the systems. Students will construct capacitors from common materials and compare the energy storage characteristics of capacitors and batteries. Students will discover how nanotechnology allows small devices to pack a big punch!


investigating arthropods

Investigating Arthropods (Life Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Life Science (L.S1, LS.3)

Ignite the sense of wonder in your students by using living organisms from the phylum arthropoda to teach the scientific method. Using common arthropods from our region, your students will determine the niche preference of these organisms by designing experiments, observing behaviors, and interpreting the data that is collected. This hands-on experience will unleash the power of research and engage students in deeper learning.

 


 

Lets Get Trendy2Let’s Get Trendy: Exploring the Periodic Table (Physical Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Physical Science: PS.3, PS.4

The periodic table was designed for predictability utilizing the trends of the atomic structure of the elements. During this lesson students will participate in an activity that will enhance their understanding of the design of the periodic table. They will use this knowledge to construct atoms as well as illustrate the bonding that occurs during chemical reactions.

 


Music Makers Physical ScienceMusic Makers (Physical Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Physical Science: PS.8

Music is perhaps the most basic and universal form of communication and expression. In this lesson, students will explore many aspects of what it takes to make music with one of the most popular instruments, the guitar. The lesson addresses the science behind stringed instruments, using various experiments and engineering activities to challenge students to become active participants, rather than passive listeners.


 

neural pathways

Neural Pathways: Using Your Brain! (Life Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Life Science (LS.1, LS.3)

Ignite the sense of wonder in your students by using living organisms from the phylum arthropoda to teach the scientific method. Using common arthropods from our region, your students will determine the niche preference of these organisms by designing experiments, observing behaviors, and interpreting the data that is collected. This hands-on experience will unleash the power of research and engage students in deeper learning.


runoff rodeo

Runoff Rodeo (Science 6, Earth Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science 6 (6.1, 6.5, 6.9); 2010 Earth Science (ES.1, ES.2, ES.6, ES.8)

Stormwater runoff is the number one water quality problem in the nation and a major contributor of pollutants to the Chesapeake Bay. Excess runoff also causes flooding and soil erosion throughout Virginia. Through hands-on experiments, students will investigate the nature and man-made factors influencing runoff and the practices that can reduce runoff. They will explore the role of runoff in the water cycle, the importance of non-point sources in polluted runoff, and the ways that communities and individuals can help to minimize non-point source pollution. This lesson also introduces innovative techniques that are helping scientists understand and correct runoff problems.

Room Requirement: This lesson must be in a room with water access and a sink.


under pressure

Under Pressure (Science 6)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (6.6)

Students will investigate air and water pressure by constructing pneumatic and hydraulic models. Links will be made to Life Science as students explore the impact of pressure on living things. This lesson highlights the interdisciplinary nature of science. 

 


waste not want not

Waste Not, Want Not: Energy Transformations in the Classroom (Physical Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Physical Science: PS.5, PS.6, PS.7

Our technological society uses vast amounts of energy for transportation, manufacturing, and controlling the environment in our buildings, among other things. As energy is converted from one form to another, much of it is wasted as heat, vibration, sound, or in other ways. During this lesson, students will work with partners at multiple stations to investigate energy harvesting, ways that wasted energy can be captured and put to use.

 

 

What is the secret to success? Individual organisms on earth have their own unique adaptations allowing them to successfully live on earth. Each of these organisms has had to solve many of the same challenges facing humanity—finding food, creating shelter, harvesting energy, and transporting materials. Through advancements in science, engineers are unlocking those secrets and developing new products to enhance how we live. In this lesson, students will use their knowledge gained about plant adaptations to solve an engineering problem. Students will use the engineering design process to create, test, and analyze their own prototypes.