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Investigating Soil Texture

Investigating Soil Texture Earth ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Trowels to Earth QuickStart Guide ENGAGE – Students Observe This Phenomenon GATHER REASON EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience Students will observe and sketch one soil horizon pit (+ 12 inches deep) and then use their trowels to dig 4” deep samples from various locations. They will use Earth…

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Investigating Butterflies

Investigating Butterflies Pollination ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Butterfly Rearing Kit, Monarch Health Project & Milkweed Seeds to Pollination QuickStart Guide ENGAGE – Students Observe This Phenomenon GATHER REASON EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience Students will observe the metamorphosis of a monarch caterpillar to a butterfly. The Kit contains a butterfly rearing habitat and a voucher for…

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Investigating Pollinator Habitats

Investigating Pollinator Habitats Pollination ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Cargo Wagon, Raised Bed Kit, Compost, Seeds, Trowels, & Gloves to Pollination QuickStart Guide ENGAGE – Students Observe This Phenomenon GATHER REASON EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience Students will observe pollinators in action, in the schoolyard by participating in the City Nature Challenge. Alternatively, they may plant mammoth…

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Investigating Biodiversity

Investigating Biodiversity Pollination ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Binoculars, Bug Viewers, Field Microscopes & Soccer Cones to Pollination QuickStart Guide ENGAGE – Students Observe This Phenomenon GATHER REASON EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience Students will watch the Backyard Wilderness video to generate curiosity about the unseen world of plants and wildlife in the schoolyard. Then the class…

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Investigating Passive Solar Ovens

Investigating Passive Solar Ovens Energy ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Recycled Aluminum Foil, Bioplastic Sheets & Tape to Energy QuickStart Guide ENGAGE – Students Observe This Phenomenon GATHER REASON EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience If the pavement is > 158 degrees you can cook an egg on the sidewalk. But what can you do if it’s not…

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Investigating Energy Conservation

Investigating Energy Conservation Energy ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Kill-A-Watt EZ Meters, Infrared Thermometers & Ice Cube Trays to Energy QuickStart Guide ENGAGE – Students Observe This Phenomenon GATHER REASON EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience Students will work in teams of four using KillAWatt EZ meters to test various electronics, appliances, and devices and determine how much…

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Investigating Renewable Energy

Investigating Renewable Energy Energy ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Sky-Z Wind Turbines, Solar Cells, and Multimeters to Energy QuickStart Guide ENGAGE – Students Observe This Phenomenon GATHER REASON EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience Students will design and build functional devices that are powered by renewable energy sources and measure output with multimeters. Then change a variable…

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Investigating Circuits

Investigating Circuits Energy ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: GREEN Snap Circuits to Energy QuickStart Guide ENGAGE – Students Observe This Phenomenon GATHER REASON EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience Students will explore the DC Circuit Virtual Lab pHet Simulation; make a circuit that lights a bulb using trial and error; and construct a tentative explanation. Then, they…

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Investigating Electromagnetism

Investigating Electromagnetism Energy ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Nails, Winding Wire, Magnets, Iron Filings & Sandpaper to Energy QuickStart Guide ENGAGE – Students Observe This Phenomenon GATHER REASON EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience After observing Teach Engineering’s video about making an electromagnet, students will construct an explanation of the phenomenon and try to make a model…

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