All resources in New Hampshire STEM Educators, Y1


How are Humans Affecting Water Quality?

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In this lesson students will learn about the human demands of freshwater and how clean drinking water is being impacted. Students will analyze the issues of cause and effect between human activities and water sustainability. Students will demonstrate this knowledge by create a presentation illustrating the effects of human activities on water resources.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Reading

Authors: Kim Kerns, Lydia Campos

Forensics Fingerprinting Lesson Grades 9-12

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This lesson on fingerprinting takes a unique approach to a standard topic in Forensic Science. While students will learn the basics of fingerprinting, how to lift a print and learn unique characteristics of fingerprints, they will become aware of the flaws of fingerprinting. By investigating the case of the Madrid Spain Bombing students will discover a match is not always accurate.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan

Authors: Joanna Schimizzi, Lynne Jackson, Kerri Simpson

Permissions Guide For Educators

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This guide provides a primer on copyright and use permissions. It is intended to support teachers, librarians, curriculum experts and others in identifying the terms of use for digital resources, so that the resources may be appropriately (and legally) used as part of lessons and instruction. The guide also helps educators and curriculum experts in approaching the task of securing permission to use copyrighted materials in their classrooms, collections, libraries or elsewhere in new ways and with fewer restrictions than fair use potentially offers. The guide was created as part of ISKME's Primary Source Project, and is the result of collaboration with copyright holders, intellectual property experts, and educators.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Admin

Written in Bone: The Secret in the Cellar

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Forensic scientists are recovering buried clues of the lives of early colonists and discovering the stories written in their bones. Using graphics, photos, and online activities, this Webcomic unravels a mystery of historical and scientific importance about the life of a recently discovered 17th century human body along the James River on the Chesapeake Bay. Students can analyze artifacts and examine the skeleton for the tell-tale forensic clues that bring the deceased to life and establish the cause of death. Teacher resources are included. Note: Turn off pop-up blocker to successfully experience all site features.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive, Lecture, Lesson Plan

Tower O' Power

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In this activity, students learn about creating a design directly from a CAD (computer-aided design) program. They will design a tower in CAD and manufacture the parts with a laser cutter. A competition determines the tower design with the best strength:weight ratio. Students also investigate basic structural truss concepts and stress concentrations. Partnership with a local college or manufacturing center is necessary for the completion of this project.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Authors: Christopher M. Yakacki, Diana Wiant, Janet Yowell, Malinda Schaefer Zarske

WebElements Periodic Table

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WebElements is an award-winning online periodic table. There is a Scholar Edition for students as well as a Professional Edition. Researchers click on the symbol for any element on the periodic table displayed on the home page. Information given for each element includes the name for the element in several languages, essentials (name, symbol, atomic weight, etc.), description, and isolation. Sidebars provide well-known compounds that contain the element and more detailed information on the element?s properties and history. The Scholar Edition provides more pictures demonstrating element structures and periodic properties. Software downloads for Mac, PC and Palm pilots are available.

Material Type: Data Set

Author: Mark Winter

NGSS: EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

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The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the Next Generation Science Standards. The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states.

Material Type: Lecture

The Carbon Cycle Game

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In this activity, learners take on the role of a carbon atom and record which reservoirs in the carbon cycle they visit. Learners will compare and contrast their trip with those of other learners to discover information about sources and sinks, and residence times of the different reservoirs. Ocean processes are highlighted to allow the educator to define the biological pump and explain its importance to climate. Helping learners understand the carbon cycle is essential to their understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Lesson Plan

Authors: Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, COSEE NOW, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, NOAA National Sea Grant, Office of Naval Research

Biodomes Engineering Design Project: Lessons 2-6

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In this multi-day activity, students explore environments, ecosystems, energy flow and organism interactions by creating a scale model biodome, following the steps of the engineering design process. The Procedure section provides activity instructions for Biodomes unit, lessons 2-6, as students work through Parts 1-6 to develop their model biodome. Subjects include energy flow and food chains, basic needs of plants and animals, and the importance of decomposers. Students consider why a solid understanding of one's environment and the interdependence of an ecosystem can inform the choices we make and the way we engineer our own communities. This activity can be conducted as either a very structured or open-ended design.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Christopher Valenti, Denise Carlson, Katherine Beggs, Malinda Schaefer Zarske