This module has been developed from the Battelle Design Module Template. The Squirmy Science module, which addresses life science standards, is for middle school students who are new to the design process. The class is taught within the context of a STEM school that has an eight-week science...

## Catching Sun with a Donut

CertifiedThis module has been developed from the Battelle Design Module Template. In this module, students build a solar cell using titanium dioxide (TiO2) extracted from donuts. Students initially conduct background research on dye- sensitized solar cells and the dyes used, and proceed to experimentally...

This unit, Go Figure!, focuses on the geometric concepts of perimeter, area, surface area and volume. Students begin by working on the coordinate plane to find the perimeter and area of rectangles. The formula for the area of a rectangle is then built upon to create a formula for the area of...

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## Theme Park

CertifiedStudents will work independently to design a theme park and determine a variety of measurements using both algebra and geometric skills.

They will construct viable arguments concerning their design of a theme park and model with mathematics while using appropriate tools strategically....

Students will design a * YOURbook*, which is a "final" small yearbook all about them, or their experience in school this school year, or throughout their 4 years in school. Essentially, they will create a comprehensive spread would demonstrate learning in the following...

Amusement park rides all involve physics of motion, especially concepts of potential energy and kinetic energy. Engineers need to analyze and understand how physics will affect a rider throughout the course of a ride. This task will allow students to explore physics concepts while designing a...

## Electric House

CertifiedIn this task, students will design, build, and evaluate a model house that demonstrates their mastery of electric circuits.

## Designing Energy Efficient Vehicles

CertifiedStudent teams will research and define the terms “efficiency” and “energy efficient.” Based on their research, teams will design and build a vehicle. Then they will experimentally test the vehicle’s efficiency.

After analyzing the initial data of the vehicle’s performance, teams will re-...

## Optimization Project

CertifiedIn this project, students will use calculus to optimize a product or design. They will have to carefully characterize the variables and constraints of their system to form an equation to be optimized, and then take the derivative to find the maximum or minimum of that function. They must include...

## Newton's Helmet

CertifiedIn this task, students take on the role of a research assistant in a materials lab tasked with testing various materials to determine the best materials to use in a sports helmet to limit the force of impact.

Students will conduct research on what is already known about helmet design,...

## Modeling Periodic Functions

CertifiedIn this task, students will investigate a periodic phenomenon in the world and propose a mathematical model that demonstrates the phenomenon. Upon completion of the project, students will submit a poster or a written report demonstrating the periodic phenomenon investigated. A 5-6 minute...

## Archaeological Imaging

CertifiedIn this task, students imagine that they are joining an expedition to explore one of the Egyptian pyramids. As the physicists in the group, they have been tasked with the job of getting a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) unit up the side of a pyramid.

After choosing a pyramid to explore,...

In this task students will design and analyze an object made of regular shapes of their choosing. They will specifically analyze how changing the object's dimensions based on a set of self-created equations affects the properties of that object. They will then produce a poster to display their...

## Casino Night

CertifiedIn this task, students investigate casino games and create their own game to pitch to Caesar's Palace Casino.