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STEM Grade 8

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS (STEM)


ALIEN INvaders
at camp

Description: Students will research, photograph, and document invasive plant species harmful to local communities.
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Interdisciplinary: Science, Math, ELA

Decreasing Winter Car Accidents

Description: Preparing for a bad winter in Ohio and the superintendent is asking students to find a financially responsible way to decrease the number of car accidents.
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Interdisciplinary: Science, Math

Effects of Air Pollution and Traffic

Description: Learners study the increase in oil and gas industry traffic in Malvern and what effect it has on air quality.
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Interdisciplinary: Science 

Encouraging the Wildlife

Description: Students work to get the school courtyards certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
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Interdisciplinary: Science

GMOs in society

Description: This unit invites students to explore locally grown genetically modified food sources. 
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Interdisciplinary: Science, ELA      

Local farming threat

Description: Learners take the roles of future environmentalists and farming advocates, to help determine the best and most cost-efficient course of action in order to solve the spread of disease. 
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Interdisciplinary: Science, ELA

Mission to Mars

Description: NASA's latest goal is to develop planetary independence by sending humans to explore Mars. Students will design a container to do an egg drop from a predetermined height to simulate a landing on Mars.
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Interdisciplinary: Science, Math

NASCAR: The Science
of Speed

Description: Students provide some much needed education and positive PR with the public and educate the non-NASCAR fan on the scientific principles behind the sport, and the great care that teams take in the safety of their drivers.
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Interdisciplinary: Science

Oatmeal Cylinders

Description: The Research and Development Department of Quaker Oats wants to save capital by decreasing the surface area of their packaging by maintaining and/or increasing volume of their product for shipping.
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Interdisciplinary: Math

One-to-One Technology

Description: Students will brainstorm and research the different aspects of acquiring the technology. 
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Interdisciplinary: Technology, Math, ELA

Outdoor Learning Space

Description: Students take their learning to the outdoors by creating innovative labs areas.
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Interdisciplinary: Science, Math

Pumpkin seeds

Description: Learners examine a variety of pumpkins to tell if the size of the pumpkin will yield more seeds.
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Interdisciplinary: Math

Repairing the City Budget

Description: The mayor or other city, representative launches the problem to the students requesting their help in balancing the budget.
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Interdisciplinary: Math

Shake, Rattle, and ... Stand!

Description: Students design earthquake resistant schools and homes for the people of Haiti.
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Interdisciplinary: Science

Top Secret Delivery

Description: Students will receive a classified file on the Dom Luis bridge over the Douro River and will need to drop the file onto a ship traveling on the river.
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Interdisciplinary: Math

Vandalism in
School Bathrooms

Description: Students are asked to come up with solutions to stop the vandalism the restrooms. 
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Interdisciplinary: Math, Social Studies, ELA

Water Power
 

Description: Students will design a water wheel that will generate electricity and will test and redesign the prototype to generate the highest output of electricity.
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Interdisciplinary: Science