Innovations in Science and Technology

  • This curriculum appeals to students who want to solve real-world problems related to the relationship among the physical, biological and social worlds. Students apply science, technology, engineering, mathematics and literacy in this broad STEM curriculum.

     

Student Interviews

Wind Powered Vehicles Slideshow

Students were given the task on creating a wind powered vehicle that could transport a minimum of 16 ounces of water a distance of 10 feet with the provided materials. The vehicle could only be propelled by the air current produced by a box fan.

Project 1: Water Filtration

Students were presented the task of creating a bridge with a span of 2 feet using a maximum of 75 tongue depressors, hot glue, noodles, and tape. Students had to stay within a given budget and the bridge needed to withstand deflection upon the addition of a load. First students researched architectural designs and the use of angles in strengthening bridges. Next students learned how to measure angles and use trigonometric functions to find the sides and angles of triangles. Students constructed the bridges and then tested their strength by placing various masses on the center of the bridge and measuring the angle of deflection.

Project 2: Earthquake Resistant Structures- Bridges

Students were presented the task of creating a bridge with a span of 2 feet using a maximum of 75 tongue depressors, hot glue, noodles, and tape. Students had to stay within a given budget and the bridge needed to withstand deflection upon the addition of a load. First students researched architectural designs and the use of angles in strengthening bridges. Next students learned how to measure angles and use trigonometric functions to find the sides and angles of triangles. Students constructed the bridges and then tested their strength by placing various masses on the center of the bridge and measuring the angle of deflection.

Project 3: Charging a Cell Phone

Students were presented with the task of charging a cell phone in the wilderness with no access to electricity. Students researched batteries, circuits, how cell phone batteries operate, voltage, resistance, and current. Students learned about Ohm's Law and performed mathematical calculations, used a virtual lab to create circuits and utilize a multimeter, created circuits and measured the current and voltage along the circuit, mastered the technique of splicing and soldering wires, and measured the voltage and current required to begin charging various devices, such as a cell phone, fan, motor, iPad, and solar panel. In the near future students will apply what they have learned to develop a procedure/device for charging a cell phone.

Project 3: Charging a Cell Phone

Students were presented with the task of charging a cell phone in the wilderness with no access to electricity. Students researched batteries, circuits, how cell phone batteries operate, voltage, resistance, and current. Students learned about Ohm's Law and performed mathematical calculations, used a virtual lab to create circuits and utilize a multimeter, created circuits and measured the current and voltage along the circuit, mastered the technique of splicing and soldering wires, and measured the voltage and current required to begin charging various devices, such as a cell phone, fan, motor, iPad, and solar panel. In the near future students will apply what they have learned to develop a procedure/device for charging a cell phone.