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TITLE GRADE(S) SUBJECT TEKS DESCRIPTION
Herndon's Science Class High School

Middle School
Biology

Science 6,7,8
112.34

112.18-20
This website provides links for biology teachers. Mr. Herndon, the site creator, is at Kelton ISD in Texas, which is one of the Texas STEM academies designated by Educate Texas. Mr. Herndon's site offers directions on squid, frog, and pig dissection, a variety of powerpoints, flashcards, and a few quizzes.
Are We Identical Twins, Too? High School Biology 112.34 Students provide program content for a TV talk show about genetics and twins. Teams create a multimedia presentation that will be reviewed by a panel. Activities use the Baby Lab at www.biologyjunction.com/baby_lab.pdf to investigate Mendelian genetics and sex determination.
Evolution Revolution High School Biology 112.34 Students are asked to prepare a video and presentation to convince the school board to allow evolution to be taught in schools. Students learn how organisms grow, about the mechanisms of genetics, and about evolutionary theory.
Grandma's Diagnosis High School Biology 112.34 After grandma is told she needs dialysis treatments, Aunt Sally asks the students to prepare a short video explaining the process. Students study cell membranes and molecules.
It's Simply a Balancing Act High School

Middle School
Science, 6

Engineering Mathematics
112.18

130.367
An amusement park will be built in your community. Your students are asked to construct a Rube Goldberg-type attraction using balanced and unbalanced forces for the park. Students can see this type of machine in action at http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/goldburgertogo/rubegame.html.
Slide or Fried Middle School Science, 7 112.19 Students learn about the absorption and reflection of light while they redesign  playground equipment and make a presentation about their research to the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Biome Adventures for the World Traveler Middle School Science, 8 112.20 A travel agency needs help creating a multimedia production that will inspire customers to travel to biomes around the world. Students learn about ecosystems, weather patterns, and societal issues as they conduct research for a multimedia presentation.
The Next Avatar Middle School Science, 8 112.20 A unique organism is needed for a new science fiction movie. Students research and design the organism and its environment, examining survival behaviors and adaptations and environmental elements that allow the organism to prosper. Teams create a model of the organism and its environment and make a presentation to the movie studio.
Upside Down, All Around, You Turn Me Middle School Science, 8 112.20 The school principal announces a "Roller Coaster Challenge" contest. Students learn about Newton's Laws of Motion, gravity, inertia, etc.
Wind Power? Middle School Science, 8 112.20 Teams of students conduct a feasibility study about locating a wind farm in town. Students investigate their construction, their function, and the best location for the wind farm.
Oh Deer! Do We Have a Problem? High School Biology 112.34 The town has a deer problem, and your students are asked to research possible solutions, present their findings, and make a recommendation. Teams of students may take various positions depending on the group who hires them--an animal rights group, farmers, hunters, natural resource managers, insurance companies, home owners, or environmentalists. 
What's on Your Shelf? High School Chemistry 112.35 Teams select a product from a list, investigate and report on its properties, and explain why the product is useful.
Worth Your Salt High School Chemistry 112.35 Student teams investigate green energy sources for their company using power from one or more chemical reactions. Presentations include a demonstration of the reaction.
Out of the World Biomes High School Environmental Systems 112.37 The government is creating an eco-space station, and teams of students are being asked to design a biome that allows plants and animals to co-exist and that will provide for human needs indefinitely.
Really? In My Backyard? Making Informed Decisions Based on Moles High School Chemistry 112.35 Students will investigate the safety of a chemical manufacturing plant that is planned for their town, including chemical disasters that have occurred in the past. Then they will form teams that represent different community groups--city employees, neighbors, unemployed workers, and environmentalists.
Unknown Clean Up in Aisle 5 High School Chemistry 112.35 Students collaborate and report on how to remove unknown chemicals from an old school building. They must classify substances and propose safe clean-up procedures.
Rock Around the County High School Earth and Space Science

Environmental Systems

Digital Design and Media Production

Principles of Information Technology
112.36


112.37


126.41



130.272
Students create an exhibit, a virtual tour, and/or a driving tour brochure about local geology for a local museum or tourism commission.
You Have the Power! High School Environmental Systems 112.37 Teams investigate an alternative energy source, evaluate the energy potential, environmental impact and cost-benefit ratio and justify their opinions, propose and/or demonstrate applications, and address aspects of personal and environmental safety. Students make a presentation to Green Energy, Inc. explaining their proposal.
Blocking Sound High School Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Physics
112.38



112.39
When a construction company owner discovers they will need to soundproof the building to assure privacy for tenants, he approaches the students, asking them to identify innovative ways to stop sound from penetrating from one side to the other in the building. Each team will create a multimedia presentation about their recommendations.
Getting Attention at an Intersection High School Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Physics
112.38



112.39
People are running a red light at an intersection in town. Students investigate distance, velocity, acceleration, momentum, vectors, electricity, and circuits in order to identify a solution and present it to a group of parents, board members, and central office administrators.
Go, Score, Win with Physics High School Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Physics
112.38



112.39
Student teams are hired as consultants to help a sports team gain a competitive edge. Students view game clips and analyze play by using physics concepts.
Am I Freezing? High School Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Physics
112.38



112.39
Teams have to convince a supervisor at an ice cream factory to either continue making ice cream the old fashioned way or find a more efficient method of making ice cream.
Green Tools and Toys High School Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Physics
112.38



112.39
A "green" toy company would like student teams to develop ideas for new toys that do not need to be plugged into an electrical outlet and that are friendly to the environment. Students build a prototype, present their toy to another class, and make a video of the toy for the school website.
I Feel the Earth Move under My Feet High School Earth and Space Science 112.36 Students research Earth's structure and movement of tectonic plates for an insurance company hired by an architectural firm. They prepare a presentation and handout.
S.O.S. Student Out and Stranded High School Earth and Space Science

Physics

Digital Video and Audio Design

Principles of Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications

Audio/Video Production
112.36


112.39

126.45



130.85





130.85
Teams are asked to create a video showing a group who becomes lost, finds an abandoned house, and must construct a flashlight, compass, and telegraph to help rescuers locate them.
We Get by with a Little Help from Our...Machines! High School Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Physics

Principles of Technology
112.38



112.39

130.371
Students are asked by a venture capitalist to create a compound machine to assist someone with a disability perform an everyday task. Teams prepare an exhibit of their machines.
Equilibrium Can Be Sickening When Not Present! High School Chemistry 112.35 A company asks teams to investigate why hypoxia or low oxygen supply affects some climbers more than others. Students design experiments to test for hypoxia and provide a list of precautions to prevent it. A better video about hypoxia or low oxygen levels is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXlyiv3B404.
This New House High School Chemistry

Geometry|

Mathematical Models with Applications
112.35

111.41

111.43


Over eight weeks, students design a house using sustainable architecture.
San Diego Bay Field Guide High School Biology

Pre-calculus
112.34

111.42
Students study the fauna at San Diego Bay's intertidal zone and create a field guide and identify solutions to improve the region's ecology.

Although Texas schools with no access to the coast won't be able to use this PBL as is, it is possible to adapt the project to your school's region.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? High School Physics

Algebra I

Engineering Design and Presentation

Engineering Mathematics

Electronics

Principles of Technology

Engineering Design and Problem Solving
112.39

111.39

130.365



130.367


130.368

130.371


130.373
Students learn how a new electrical product can be developed, engineered, and marketed to the public.
Urban Art High School Physics

Geometry
112.39

111.41
The project is based on an art project at the Port of San Diego. Artists create "trees" that are displayed at the Port and may be purchased. Students create a tree using a dowel, bamboo skewers, a terra cotta pot, box cutters, and a glue gun.
Junk-Drawer Robotics Middle School Science, 6
Science, 7
Science, 8
112.18
112.19
112.20
In this 4-H project, middle school students participate in activities; high school students serve as facilitators. Students work with household items to complete simple design challenges. The sample project is free; the books are $6-$9 each.
Build Your Own Robot Arm High School Physics

Algebra I

Engineering Design & Presentation

Engineering Mathematics

Electronics

Principles of Technology

Engineering Design & Problem Solving
112.39

111.39

130.365



130.367


130.368

130.371


130.373
Working in teams, students build a robot arm from basic materials. The arm should be capable of lifting an empty Styrofoam cup.

Note: The instructions give students an incorrect link to a NASA document; the correct link is http://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/Humans_Robots.pdf.

Keeping Afloat High School

Middle School
Science, 6

Earth & Space Science

3D Modeling & Animation

Engineering Design & Problem-Solving
112.18

112.36


126.43


130.373
Students learn how buildings are damaged in earthquakes. They are challenged to develop design strategies capable of withstanding liquefaction during earthquakes.
Curiosity Killed the App High School

Middle School
Science, Grades 6, 7, 8

Integrated Physics & Chemistry

Earth & Space Science

Concepts of Engineering & Technology

Engineering Design & Problem Solving

Technology Applications, Grades 6, 7, 8

Robotics Programming & Design
112.18-20

112.38



112.36


130.362



139.363



112.14-16


126.40
Students need a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education NXT base set, an Android mobile device with the Curiosity Killed the App Rover Sim app installed, and access to App Inventor (online at http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/). Students learn the software/system design process, which is closely related to the engineering design process, as they study the Mars Curiosity rover and design and create a similar remote-controlled vehicle.
Recycled Racers Middle School Science, Grades 6, 7, 8

Mathematics, Grades 6, 7, 8
112.18-20


111.26-28
Students create a race car from reused materials. Then they test their cars and modify them to change the distance they are able to travel.
Fluid Power Systems High School Aquatic Science

Chemistry

Engineering Mathematics
112.32

112.35

130.367
Students design and build a hydraulically operated robot arm.
Solar Energy: Become a Sun Chef! High School Earth and Space Science

Environmental Systems

Principles of Technology
112.36


112.37


130.371
In order to learn about uses of solar or alternative forms of energy, students build a solar oven and cook simple foods in it.

Some of the links in the curriculum no longer work, but I found numerous sites by searching for "solar cooking for kids." For instance, NASA's site (http://climatekids.nasa.gov/smores/) shows kids how to build an oven and cook s'mores. And search for "pizza box solar oven" to find out how to make an oven out of, well, a pizza box.
America's Navy: STEM for the Classroom High School Physics

Robotics Programming and Design

Concepts of Engineering and Technology

Engineering Design and Problem Solving

Geometry

Precalculus

Mathematical Models with Applications
112.39

126.40



130.362



130.373



111.41

111.42

111.43
This Navy STEM website has a variety of projects, each of which includes lesson plans and an interactive PowerPoint. At the time the site was added here, the projects were
  • Robotics and Future Technology
  • Sonar and Echolocation
  • Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The Science of Nuclear Power
  • GPS and Navigation
  • Oceanography and Meteorology
  • The Science of Diving
  • Jets in Flight
  • Future Fleet
The TEKS listed are a brief list and TEKS covered by individual projects may differ.

 

Other Science Resources

TITLE TYPE DESCRIPTION
Science 360 Videos Videos The Science 360 website has a large collection of videos that can enhance classes in astronomy and space; chemistry; earth and environment; K-12 and education; life sciences; mathematics; medical sciences; people and society; physics; technology and engineering.
MIT BLOSSOMS Video Library Videos The Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides over 50 video lessons for high school students about math and science.
NASA Education Website NASA provides this website for teachers. Keep informed about educational opportunities at NASA, including video clips, career information, student ambassadors, apps, and e-books.
Activity Guide: Projectile Motion Videos The video teaches projectile motion, velocity, acceleration, and two-dimensional motion and uses juggling to explain the concepts.
NBC Learn Videos NBC provides videos dealing with a variety of topics that can be used in classrooms.
Khan Academy Videos Videos tutoring students in math, science, economics and finance, humanities, and computer programming.
Teaching Channel Videos Educational videos, created by teachers, for teachers.
TED Ed Videos Educational video lessons.
Climate Change LIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure Activities

Grants
Climate Change LIVE deals with the reasons for and effects of climate change. The site contains activities for students plus grants for teachers, and contests for students.
Doing Good Science in Middle School, Expanded 2nd Edition - A Practical STEM Guide Olaf Jorgenson,
Rich Vanosdall,
Vicki Massey,
Jackie Cleveland
This expanded 2nd edition from NSTA contains "a comprehensive overview of science and engineering practices, STEM, and inquiry-based middle school science instruction."
How Big Is Space? Videos It's not really a video. It's a website by BBC that's a little interactive. But it really gives you an idea of the size of space. Use the scroll bar on the right side of your screen to move your spaceship.
The Space Place Activities The Space Place has wonderful information about space, the sun, earth, people and technology. They have activities, games, information, and lots more!
It's Debatable! Using Scioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy and Citizenship, K-12 Book It's Debatable! is published by the National Science Teachers Association and shows teachers how to encourage scientific literacy by helping students explore real-world questions.
Square of Life: Studies in Local and Global Environments Activities Students identify square meter plots in their school yard and investigate living and non-living things found there. They share the information with students in other participating classes, look for similarities and differences, and write a final report or prepare a presentation. The project started March 10, 2014 and runs through June 10, 2014.
Science Buddies Activities Science Buddies contains over 1,000 science fair project ideas in more than 30 different areas of science. They also provide a topic selection wizard tool that will help identify projects.
ScienceTake and CreatureCast Videos The New York Times provides short nature videos about scientific phenomena. Videos in ScienceTake include titles such as "Monkey Manners," "How to Fly Right," and "Elephant Empathy." Under CreatureCast, you can find several more videos, including "A Tale of Two Urchins," "Royalty Sapped from Snails," and "Bunnies, Dragons and the 'Normal' World."
Reactions: Everyday Chemistry Videos Reactions provides videos about chemistry. They have quite a few titles, including "The Science of Caffeine: The World's Most Popular Drug,"
"Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne," and "The Chemistry of Pepper: The Spice that Changed the World."
Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Book A workshop leader this summer (2014) suggested this book to participants. The author provides 75 formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTS) that help "provide teachers and students with information about their factual, conceptual, and procedural understandings in science."
Science Formative Assessment Volume 2: 50 More Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Book This is the second volume and provides 50 more FACTS.