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STEM Through the Middle Ages STEM curriculum module, explore the science, mathematics and technology that was developed, altered or utilized by civilization during medieval times. This time period helped lay the foundation for modern science and mathematics, and technological advances abounded.

This curriculum focuses on the agriculture, society and epidemiology, engineering, chemistry and textiles, and technological developments that led civilization into the Renaissance

Provides 32 hours of instruction. Includes materials for 30 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 6–8
Hands-On Materials for 30 Students

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  • Unit 1: Illuminating the Journey
  • Unit 2: You Reap What You Sow
  • Unit 3: Churning Through the Years
  • Unit 4: Say Cheese
  • Unit 5: Medieval Measurement
  • Unit 6: Marco Polo: Top Trader
  • Unit 7: On the Verge of Time
  • Unit 8: Rags to Paper
  • Unit 9: We Are All Made of Stars
  • Unit 10: Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down
  • Unit 11: Dose
  • Unit 12: So Much Depends Upon Printing
  • Unit 13: Everything is Illuminated

Take Flight: Investigating the Aviation Industry STEM curriculum module, students are immersed in the various facets of the aviation industry, ranging from aircraft design and assembly, airport structure and runway design, navigation, air traffic control and airline efficiencies to the environmental impact and economic impact aviation has on their lives.

Provides 32 hours of instruction. Includes materials for 30 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 6–8
Hands-On Materials for 30 Students

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  • Unit 1: Design and Engineering
  • Unit 2: Wind Beneath the Wings?
  • Unit 3: What Goes Up...Must Come Down: Runway Math
  • Unit 4: Take to the Skies: Navigation by Air
  • Unit 5: Air Traffic Control
  • Unit 6: Environmental Concerns
  • Unit 7: Economic Issues
  • Unit 8: Take Flight: Culminating Activity

Living in a Material World STEM curriculum module, students embark on an 8,000-year journey to see how the development of Materials Science has shaped the course of human civilization. Explore the world of manmade objects by examining relationships between molecular structure and materials properties.

From Stone Age tools to modern alloys and polymers, students will test, analyze and create complex materials from simple building blocks. Provides 32 hours of instruction. Includes materials for 30 students, reproducible student work texts, a comprehensive teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 6–8
Hands-On Materials for 30 Students

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  • Unit 1: Setting the Stage
  • Unit 2: Ages of Stone and Bronze
  • Unit 3: Wood Works
  • Unit 4: The Iron Age
  • Unit 5: Silicates and Light
  • Unit 6: I'm Rubber, You're Glue
  • Unit 7: Plastic Dreams
  • Unit 8: Textiles
  • Unit 8: Outta This Material World

Students consider the enormous challenge of planning a permanent, sustainable colony on Mars by exploring gravity and orbital mechanics, the environmental conditions on Mars and space-flight hardware currently in development.

They will also participate in citizen science projects, analyze actual imagery from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and other platforms to apply engineering design principles in proposals of new space-flight hardware, and apply project management techniques to develop their own mission architecture.

Includes materials for 30 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 hours of instruction.
Grades 6–8
Hands-On Materials for 30 Students

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  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Spacefaring or Extinct
  • Unit 3: Environmental Conditions
  • Unit 4: Citizen Science
  • Unit 5: Orbital Mechanics
  • Unit 6: To Boldly Go
  • Unit 7: Mars Transit Vehicle
  • Unit 8: Mission Architecture
  • Unit 9: Ice Truckers
  • Unit 10: We Are the Martians

Student see first hand that information is all around us and constantly being generated.

“Big data” concepts of volume, variety and velocity of data will be explored, and students will create a unique data visualization to convey the story of data they collect.

Finally, data will be critically analyzed to test the validity of claims, and students will explore how data can be manipulated to misrepresent a claim.

Includes materials for 20 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 4–5
Hands-On Materials for 20 Students

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  • Unit 1: What is Data?
  • Unit 2: A Picture Tells a Story
  • Unit 3: Claim It Isn’t So!
  • Unit 4: A Web, Mined
  • Unit 5: Big Data, Small World
  • Unit 6: Waldorithms
  • Unit 7: Go With the Flow
  • Unit 8: Go Sentimental
  • Unit 9: Programmer
  • Unit 10: Database Modeling
  • Unit 11: Data Visualization
  • Unit 12: Introduction

Ciphers, codes and modes of delivery come together to foster inquiry into the subject of cryptology.

Important capacities, such as persistence and tenacity, are practiced as students combine critical observations skills with logical analysis strategies to solve “secret” messages and share encrypted ideas with others. Acting as researchers and investigators, students explore a variety of ciphers, codes and methods for making sense of encrypted messages.

Includes materials for 30 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 6–8
Hands-On Materials for 30 Students

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  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Guess And Check
  • Unit 3: Caesar's Cipher
  • Unit 4: Finding The Right Route
  • Unit 5: On Or Off: Reading The Code
  • Unit 6: Symbolic Encryption
  • Unit 7: Locking onto An Idea: Considering The Possiblities
  • Unit 8: Digitilized Message Transmission
  • Unit 9: Seeing Is Believing
  • Unit 10: Tag Team Secret Messages
  • Unit 11: Who Holds the Key?
  • Unit 12: Secret Codon
  • Unit 13: The Final Challenge

Students engineer solutions to aquatic challenges.

Engaging in island construction, growing crops through aquaculture and examining ocean “ownership” will afford learners the opportunity to participate in various aspects of the engineering design cycle.

Provides 32 hours of instruction. Includes materials for 20 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 4–5
Hands-On Materials for 20 Students

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  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Dive In: It’s Trivia
  • Unit 3: A-Salt on Water
  • Unit 4: C Pearl Farms
  • Unit 5: You’ve Got to Move It
  • Unit 6: Bioprospecting
  • Unit 7: Over the Ocean
  • Unit 8: Crash Waves
  • Unit 9: Island Engineer-ity
  • Unit 10: Power Up
  • Unit 11: City Development
  • Unit 12: Surf’s Up

Student-led teams conceptualize, build, test and acquire knowledge while becoming familiar with the engineering design process.

Using an open-ended inquiry approach, students are able to foster their creativity while learning to apply multiple skills and develop habits of innovators.

Includes materials for 20 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 4–5
Hands-On Materials for 20 Students

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  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Introductory Activity
  • Unit 3: Build-A-Boat
  • Unit 4: You’ve Got Mail
  • Unit 5: Hot Rod Hamster
  • Unit 6: Let it Roll
  • Unit 7: Catapult Wars
  • Unit 8: Fusion Five
  • Unit 9: Something Borrowed
  • Unit 10: Applications of Engineering Design
  • Unit 11: Wheeling the Weight Around
  • Unit 12: Topsy Turvy

The IMSA Fusion—You Be the Judge STEM curriculum module provides an introduction of some basic principles involved in chemistry and the application of chemistry as well as practices required to create and carry out meaningful investigations.

After students have experienced the concepts in a lab setting, they will have a chance to apply their knowledge and lab skills in a variety of simulations throughout the unit.

Students take on the roles of experts and identify problems, develop methods of testing, and conduct the tests. After gathering, analyzing and interpreting results, students make and share evidence-based decisions in a variety of settings. Provides 32 hours of instruction.

Includes materials for 20 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 4–5
Hands-On Materials for 20 Students

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  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Density
  • Unit 3: Changes
  • Unit 4: Thirsty
  • Unit 5: Acid, Neutral, Base?
  • Unit 6: Help!
  • Unit 7: Oh, My Aching Stomach

Use the IMSA Fusion Out of the Silo: Agronomic STEM curriculum module to explore STEM topics in the context of agronomy, the science and technology of producing and using plants for food and fuel.

Students investigate plant genetics, soil science, crop management systems, new technologies and other issues at the forefront of agronomic research.

Data analysis, policy development, efficient process design and problem solving will engage learners in a deeper understanding of the role of agriculture in Illinois and beyond.

Includes materials for 30 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 6–8
Hands-On Materials for 30 Students

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  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Farming Frenzy
  • Unit 3: Tractor Physics
  • Unit 4: G-ROW-in’ Soybeans
  • Unit 5: Drift Mitigation
  • Unit 6: Water Management
  • Unit 7: It’s All About Those Traits
  • Unit 8: Nutrient Management
  • Unit 9: Soil Science
  • Unit 10: Amber Waves of Grain
  • Unit 11: So High, Silo
  • Unit 12: Feed the World
  • Unit 13: Extension Activity

The IMSA Fusion—Climate Change: The Future Is Now STEM curriculum module engages students in a variety of investigations to help establish basic understandings regarding climate science literacy.

Exploration through real-time and virtual experiments and the use of web-based applications as well as modeling and engineering experiences will help participants identify the facts, issues and actions they wish to take.

Provides 32 hours of instruction. Includes materials for 20 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 4–5
Hands-On Materials for 20 Students

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Students take part in investigations that will familiarize them with various equipment and techniques used in these fields.

Protein folding, population densities, gel electrophoresis, case studies, design challenges and more will be explored throughout the curriculum.

Includes materials for 20 students, reproducible student work texts, a detailed teacher’s manual and access to professional development videos about each activity.

32 Hours of Instruction
Grades 4–5
Hands-On Materials for 20 Students

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  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: B + E = SB
  • Unit 3: Come Scale Away
  • Unit 4: Scratch Cat Fever
  • Unit 5: Standardized Parts
  • Unit 6: Streaking
  • Unit 7: Pop Culture
  • Unit 8: Protein Power
  • Unit 9: TAG…You’re It
  • Unit 10: Separation Anxiety
  • Unit 11: How Are ‘Hue’?
  • Unit 12: The Heist