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2:  Solar Oven Engineering
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Students can work individually or in groups of 3 or 4 to create a solar oven out of a pizza box. Students are trying to figure out the best way to make a solar oven in order to melt the chocolate and marshmallow in the S’more. Students will be given a group of objects and tell them the basis of how to create a solar oven. The oven will need to be placed in direct sunlight for most of the day. This experiment works best on a very hot, sunny day.

Subject:
Mathematics
Science
STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Glenn Shelton
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
04/02/2020
3 Little Pigs Design Reimagined
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 Students will listen to a close reading of The 3 Little Pigs over the course of 3 days.  (Many versions are accessible via NC Kids Digital Library.  Teacher discretion as to the story version.  Personal copy or online versions can be used.) After each read aloud, students will have the opportunity to engage in The Engineering Design Process to create a new dwelling using materials of varying physical properties.  Students will write to tell about their new dwelling design using sentence frames and an anchor chart for support.  Finally, students will present their new dwellings and read their informational writing to reflect their knowledge of physical properties.  Student informational writing should reflect physical properties such as size, color, shape, texture, weight and flexibility per the NC Kindergarten Science Standards.

Subject:
Applied Science
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
03/17/2021
4th Grade:  The Candy Bomber
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After learning about Gail Halvorsen, the World War II pilot who created tiny parachutes from handkerchiefs and string to deliver chocolates and other candy to the children of Berlin, students will engineer parachutes to deliver their own packages using Parrot Mambo Drones.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
William Allred
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
04/30/2020
5th Grade:  Hot Diggity Dog
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You will investigate various materials to determine their insulation value. From this investigation, you will design and build a doghouse that will keep your dog cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
William Allred
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
04/30/2020
5th Grade Science Design Project
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This is an end of the year culminating project . Students will work on their own or in pairs to create a house that will help their family to survive the climate of a randomly chosen location. Students will use their knowledge or ecosystems, heating and cooling, and weather prediction and tracking to determine the proper supplies that will be needed to build a house for survival. The project will include weather research, house build planning, creating a mock-up, and presentation to the class. The project will conclude with a video detailing what they would change after collaboration with the class.

Subject:
Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Carrie Robledo
Elizabeth Alderson
Date Added:
04/16/2021
6th Grade Science:  This Little Light (Sphero Lesson)
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Students will demonstrate knowledge of visible light interactions with different materials and through different mediums (air, solids, and water). Students will use Sphero Bolt to create a flashlight. The goal is to create the brightest light from the LED lights on the Sphero BOLT. Students will need to understand how light interacts with different substances to successfully create the brightest flashlight. They will also test their lights in water to see how waves change direction and speed in different mediums.  The Light intensity will be measured using the function in google science journal.

Subject:
Computer Science
Engineering
Information and Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
William Allred
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
05/06/2021
9-12 Spanish:  Walking Dead
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Students will discover a cultural tradition of many Spanish speaking countries, compare it to cultural conventions in the United States, and create a tangible, memorable product to commemorate the learning and growth. 

Subject:
Spanish
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
William Allred
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
05/19/2021
Activity: Sum It Up: An Introduction to Static Equilibrium
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In this activity, students are introduced to static equilibrium by learning how forces and torques are balanced in a well-designed engineering structure. A tower crane is presented as a simplified two-dimensional case. Using Popsicle sticks and hot glue, student teams design, build and test a simple tower crane model according to these principles, ending with a team competition.

Subject:
Physics
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Stefan Berkower, Nicholas Hanson, Alison Pienciak
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Albert's Alphabet
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 To launch:  Read “Albert’s Alphabet” by Leslie Tryon Students will then “build” the letters of their name using provided materials or you can assign groups of students letters, so that the class can “build” the alphabet. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Carrie Robledo
Lisa McDowell
Date Added:
02/15/2021
Animal Adaptations
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After reading several stories by Sandra Markle, and researching a landform of choice, students will make a list of adaptations that an animal living in that environment would need such as, fur, wings, claws, sharp teeth etc. Then using recycled materials such as paper rolls and craft materials such as wiggly eyes and pom poms, create a new animal.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Carrie Robledo
Toni Luther
Date Added:
04/16/2021
Animal Farm STEM - Windmill Project
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 This is a hands-on project that uses George Orwell's novel, Animal Farm, as the touchstone text. Students work in groups to construct a functioning windmill that can generate electricity. Each student has a role based on the characters in the book. There are also segments of the project that focus on extracting key information from the text.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
02/15/2021
Artificial Intelligence for the K 5 Classroom by Charlotte Dungan
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Alignment with new CS standards but the focus will be on integration within the current classroom, including ELA and Social studies connections, that do not take additional space or time to include in the school day. All presented material will use tools and resources that are available for free online.

Link to additional resources:

https://aiforteachers.org/

Subject:
Computer Science
Professional Development
STEM
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Date Added:
11/11/2020
Avoiding Pitfalls in the Virtual Classroom by Will Allred
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In this session, we will highlight common pitfalls to avoid in the virtual classroom. I will introduce to attendees a variety of digital tools that can make virtual learning a bit easier for everyone involved.

Links to session resources:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XT6zoEB3_y3Q_YomfHoH_SC-fFv2fx0zS9EvIRORblE/edit

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18Cv_kTYgJjjaz7cKWqwF3GJC0o7evbl9ZB3xKFJFtd0/edit

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vS9fEPZDOYS2nZxJfIrbovlVQgtYBH9KOronb7pUk9IDRbDVyq2Qa-DbaPAaC-2lyEMzRtG5t7zxbBh/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.p

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tZqTz6mqrWPb2Vk7r2DdF5CxCCuhFDzcR3Suhp-MHXM/edit#slide=id.p

Subject:
Professional Development
STEM
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Date Added:
11/10/2020
The BIG Dig…Fossil Excavation Challenge!
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Learners will become paleontologists for a day/week. They will discover this career and undertake the challenge of designing a fossil excavator structure to remove newly discovered fossils stuck in a cave crevice. As a class, graph the results on the amount of weight each structure could lift without breaking

Subject:
Mathematics
Science
STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Carrie Robledo
SHANDA EDWARDS
Date Added:
03/30/2021