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Streetfilms' Moving Beyond the Automobile

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
This is an exceptional series that you can use in an environmental or engineering unit. There are four lessons: "Sustainable Transportation," "Designing for Safety," "Changing the Landscape," and "Engaging in Policy." Each lesson plan...
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Aluminum Adventure

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Chemistry aces use an electrochemical cell to anodize a strip of aluminum. They apply an organic dye to it. In a practical application, they design a piece of jewelry out of the anodized metal and describe the process. Thorough notes...
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Using Poetry As Inspiration for Composition

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
A reading of Robert Frost’s "The Road Not Taken" launches an interdisciplinary study of the connection between the meters of a poem and a melody. After identifying the number of beats in each line of the poem, young musicians use...
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Marshmallow Design Challenge

For Teachers 5th - Higher Ed
How tall is your marshmallow structure? Using only limited supplies (including uncooked spaghetti noodles, masking tape, and one marshmallow), teams endeavor to support the marshmallow atop the tallest spaghetti structure they can build....
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Exploring Weather Conditions Through Painting

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Your advanced class will paint a picture of a particular weather condition. In this painting lesson students describe elements of art in pieces of artwork. They analyze the weather and seasons in the artwork. The students use paper,...
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Welcome to the Blogosphere

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Create a blog spot for your classroom and promote online discussions. There are several blogging websites listed here, and you can create one specific to each class or one collective site. Teach your learners how to post on the blog, and...
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Introduction to Building Sciences: A Curriculum Supplement

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Mars or bust. An engaging STEM unit has scholars design a base that allows scientists to live on Mars. Along the way, they learn about building science and space science.
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Gas Prices

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
How can math help your vehicle run better? Complete an interesting project-based learning task with your classes to determine the cheapest approach to mixing the ideal octane level of gasoline. Scholars create and solve a system of...
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Cell Phones

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Calling all subscribers! Model revenue based on individual cell phone subscribers. The project-based learning activity presents a challenge to scholars from a cell phone company. Individuals model data provided to them from the company...
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College Costs

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Predict the year that college costs will double in your state using linear modeling. The first part of this two-part project based learning activity asks young mathematicians to use data from the College Board. They graph the data, write...
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Medical Insurance 3

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Create a technical report explaining the components of a medical plan through a function. The project-based learning activity gives a medical insurance scenario that young mathematicians model using piecewise functions. Their analyses...
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Medical Insurance 2

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Make an informed decision when choosing a medical insurance provider. An engaging lesson asks your classes to write piecewise models to represent the cost of different medical plans. The project-based learning activity is a variation of...
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Medical Insurance

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Design a plan for finding the best health insurance for your money. Learners compare two health plans by writing and graphing piecewise functions representing the plan rules. Using Excel software, they create a technical report...
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Doctors and Nurses

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
How many nurses does it take to support one doctor? A project-based activity asks learners to analyze state data to answer this question. Classes create polynomial functions from the data of doctors and nurses over a seven-year period....
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Tax Examination

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
What are your chances of being audited by the IRS? An engaging problem scenario asks pupils to examine the likelihood of being audited compared to factors such as receiving a refund or claiming a home office. The final product of the...
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Students and Teachers 2

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Examine trends in student-to-teacher ratios over time. Building from the first task in the two-part series, classes now explore the pattern of student-to-teacher ratios using a non-linear function. After trying to connect the pattern to...
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Students and Teachers

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Predict the future of education through a mathematical analysis. Using a project-based learning strategy, classes examine the pattern of student-to-teacher ratios over a period of years. Provided with the relevant data, learners create a...
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What Should Have Happened on Gilligan's Island?

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale ..." Gilligan's Island is a classic that spans generations and offers a problem-solving opportunity for scholars. Take a project-based learning approach to examine the population of the island....
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Arch Project

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Model real-life structures with mathematics. A project-based lesson presents a problem situation requiring classes to develop a function to model the St. Louis Arch and the Rainbow Bridge in Arizona. They create their models by...
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Boogie Boards

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Solve a complex business puzzle by building a linear programming model. An engaging project-based learning problem has classes examining transportation costs and manufacturing limitations from several plants. Ultimately, they use their...
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Maximizing Movie Revenue

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Can theaters increase profits by raising or lowering ticket prices? Using data from the National Association of Theater Owners, classes consider this question. The project-based learning activity includes both a profit and revenue...
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Death Project

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Verify the rule of thumb for finding the time of death. The project-based learning task asks pupils to determine when the rule of thumb process of finding the time of death is appropriate. Learners develop a function for the rule and...
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Do Homework?

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
To complete homework or not to complete homework ... that is the question. Decide whether it makes a difference on finals by doing homework. Individuals create a scatter plot and find a line of best fit for data on the percent of...
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Biscuits

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Calculate the nutrients in different types of dog biscuits. Pupils create a technical report outlining the amount of calcium, protein, and carbohydrates in three types of dog biscuits. The project-based learning activity requires...