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Students first read an article on how SpaceX's reusable rockets could revolutionize space travel. They then conduct an investigation with straw rockets and a rubber band to test how elastic potential energy is converted into gravitational potential energy. Students then read an article on the new SpaceX rocket design that could take hundreds of people to Mars and discuss where humans should explore in outer space.
The Civil Air Patrol (US Air Force affiliate) has many STEM lessons and kits available to educators for a one-time fee. The kits include robotics, microcontrollers, telescoopes, flight simulators and others.
Students begin lesson my watching a video on why leaves change color in the fall. They then read an article on how climate change could affect when trees change their leaves. Finally, they do a leaf chromatography to seperate the pigments of leaves of different colors.
This website, maintained by elementary STEM consultant Bob Claymier, contains:
1) A list of over 40 STEM resources for grades K-6 ( construction materials, books, curriculum, websites) related to elementary STEM.
2) a list of over 40 robotics and coding resources for grades K-6
3) A free set of standards-based science lessons for grades K-6, all with an engineering component
4) A free monthly elementary STEM newsletter (current and archived editions) that contain information on resources, events, and articles pertaining to elementary STEM.
The Bill of Rights Institute consistently provides quality, primary-source based resources to civics educators across the country. Voices of History gives educators the opportunity to access twelve of our best curricula, online, anytime, free of charge. Looking for a lesson on the Constitutional Convention? Simply type your terms in the search bar. Need to narrow it down to Thomas Jefferson’s role? Educators can filter searches by a number of options providing the simplest, most effective way to find exactly what is needed with the click of a button.