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QMC STEM Lab Curriculum

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The QMC Mobile STEM Lab offers students and teachers a unique setting in which to discover – or rediscover – the exciting worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Our staff have designed and vetted curricular modules that make experiments from our laboratory appropriate for the pre-K – 12 classroom. Please note, students in grades pre-K – 2nd grade conduct STEM activities in the classroom, not on the Mobile STEM Lab. Our modules allow students to use the latest technology to tackle some of today’s most challenging questions. They also emphasize problem-solving and require students of all ages to analyze data and form and test hypotheses. Continue reading to learn about a sampling of the educational modules that we currently offer on the QMC Mobile STEM Lab. Please click here to see our QMC Mobile STEM Lab brochure.

 

PRE-K – KINDERGARTEN

Effect of Sunlight: Students will investigate how sunlight affects various surfaces on the earth. Students will also design a solution for reducing the effect of sunlight, while focusing on the conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer.

Force and Motion: Student will explore Forces and Motion while using various toy cars. Students will be tasked with identifying cause & effect and finding patterns through the exploration of various strengths and directions of moving objects. 

Living or Non Living: Students will begin by identifying what is living versus non-living. Students will investigate what both plants and animals need to grow and survive, and how this fits in the world around them. 

 

GRADES 1-4

Survival: Students will begin by identifying what is living versus non-living. Students will investigate what both plants and animals need to grow and survive and how they do these things by designing various experiments. Older students will also delve into adaptation and how humans have survived and impacted the world around us.

Erosion and Deposition: Students will explore local erosion and deposition identifying possible cause and effects. In addition, students will identify how erosion and deposition occur while investigating sand dunes. Students will create sand dunes and test for agents of erosion including water, wind, and ice. Students will design solutions to reduce erosion and deposition.

 Ecosystems: Students will explore a nature trail making observations and trying to find living things. Students will spend time figuring out how these objects effect one another and interact. Students will create food chains and food webs. Older students will also classify both animals and plants. In addition, older students will be asked to remove objects from their food web and identify how humans can impact an ecosystem.

  

UPPER ELEMENTARY

Watershed: Students will identify the impact of human activity on the watershed/water system. Students will observe local organisms that live in watersheds and developing food chains. Students will also identify how humans impact the land around them, creating possible solutions for troublesome impacts or problems.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Biodiversity: Students will identify how humans impact biodiversity in the watershed. Students will conduct a full stream investigation, including pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen and turbidity. In addition, students will collect and observe macro invertebrates, while identifying how they affect the waterway. Lessons will also focus on erosion and deposition of sediments and ways to reduce their impact. Finally, students will develop and test a device to help reduce erosion on their waterway.

Climate Change: Students will investigate how their carbon footprints impact freshwater ecosystems. They will also learn about carbon dioxide and its effects on the environment, including fossil fuels and ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

UPPER MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL

Feeding the Hungry- Soil: Students will obtain soil samples from various locations. They will plan and carry out an investigation to determine the properties of soil including: organic matter, soil respiration, as well as pH, nitrogen levels, and phosphorus. At the high school level, students will also investigate porosity, permeability and absorption rates of soil. Students will use the data obtained to identify what various soil properties would mean to plant growth and human life. Finally, students will develop a plan to help alleviate hunger.

Introduction to Robotics: Students will learn about the intriguing world of robotics and its impact on humans. In addition, students will be introduced to easy C programming and engineering design, while tackling real-world problems.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Waste Water Treatment: Students will learn about the importance of water and its availability as a natural resource. Students begin by exploring the characteristics and properties of water, including where it originates from and its composition. Students will then visit the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) and take a tour of the plant. Once the tour is complete, students will have an opportunity to design an investigation that tests and analyzes water samples taken from various points during the water pollution treatment process. Students will be able to identify where pollutants come from and ways to help keep these pollutants from entering the water system, thereby reducing the amount of water that needs to be treated.

The Science Behind An Igloo (weather permitting): Students will learn the science and importance of building igloos. This includes a focus on the shape and stability of the structure. Students build mini igloos, using the techniques and science behind building igloos, while exploring the structures’ mathematical dimensions. Once students have designed and built their mini igloo they will test them for insulation efficiency, and both collect and analyze their  data. Students will compile a summary of their data, including an explanation of what occurred and why it occurred, using evidence from their experiment and classroom lessons.

 

Coming Soon!!! 

Wild Life Sampling (Grades 1-4, Middle School)

Activity Idea: Students will find and identify animal tracks, remains, etc., and use this information to identify individual animals, as well as their place within  the ecosystem. Students will identify genetic traits that allow each species to survive. This lesson will end with students identifying the human impact on their animal, and possible solutions to reduce that impact. 

Forensics (Grades TBA): Students will have the opportunity to investigate a crime scene.

Clean Energy (Grades TBA): Students will have the opportunity to identify and improve upon sustainable energy choices.  

 

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