2023 Lesson Plans

From Field to Future: Navigating Climate Challenges in Agriculture

Golden Wheat Field” by Larisa Koshkina is licensed under CC0 Public Domain.

by Rachel Adamsky

Middle School General Science

You are a farmer and over the past several years you have noticed several challenges to ensuring the survival of your farm. You have seen more struggles with planting times, irrigation, and keeping crops alive with the hotter temperatures. With some investigation you have found the challenges you are facing are due to an increase in global temperatures, severe weather events, and droughts. Propose a solution to save your farm from one of the issues that have arisen due to climate change!
Leaving Our World Better Than We Found It: Join the Movement!

Climate Change” by Kai Stachowiak is licensed under CC0 Public Domain.

by Meredith Leighton

Middle School Science

The students will take on the role of an environmental scientist who is researching an area of the world, focusing on the major sources of pollution and the impact humans have on the environment in that area. Using the background research and infographic created, the student is charged with developing a public service announcement to the public about using renewable energy sources appropriate for that area. and building a prototype of a device that can be used to clean the water pollution. Extension: writing a letter to the stakeholders in the local community to fund cleanup efforts and ways to reduce carbon footprint.
Analyzing Earnings and Savings Data

Broken Piggy Bank” by George Hodan is licensed under CC0 Public Domain.

by Dylan Shanes

High School Math and Computer Science

You are a high school student working a part time job. You want to save up for something cool, but you also have expenses. Using a dataset of earnings and expenses, predict how long it will take you to save up enough money to get the thing you want.
Recycling by Chemical Separation

Filter Diagram” by Wikiwayman at English Wikipedia is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

by Thara Rangaraj

High School Chemistry

There are several environmental issues facing our community and our world. How can we use
different separation methods like chromatography, distillation, centrifuging, etc… to separate
contaminants from critical resources like water, air, or soil? How can we separate and isolate
plastics or heavy metals and recover them from chemical compounds to protect our
environment?
Green Energy = Safe (Classroom) Environment

Chromotography 1841 Field” by George Field is licensed under CC0 Public Domain.

by Joelis Velez Diaz

High School Chemistry

There is a lot of waste in landfills that comes from food waste and green waste, and we need to be able to remove it. Your task is to perform a separation technique – chromatography, to find out which chemicals are in your waste and then determine if there any applications where we can use this. Students will be given a mystery green waste, use techniques to identify pigments, then using their knowledge of polarity, determine the polarity of the components in the mixture. Thereafter, students will identify further questions to research or make recommendations on sustainable alternatives to deal with green waste or other types of waste.
Inside the Sensor: How Physics Powers Blood Oxygen Monitoring

“Pulse oximetry principle” by BotKannadiga at English Wikipedia is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

by Genesis Bernabel

High School Physics

Students are introduced to the importance of blood oxygen testing. Students will learn about how the COVID-19 crisis affected hospitals and highlight the importance of newly updated biomedical devices. They will also be introduced to the current need for widely translated informative posters in hospitals and will create a poster that can be placed on a hospital room wall that explains how Transcutaneous Blood Oxygen Sensors work.
Clean Water Pollution with Photocatalytic Habitats

“PFAS biomagnification” by Yanishevsky is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

by Rebecca Cooke

High School Biology

Wallum Lake in Douglas, MA has been polluted with PFAs.  The local conservation commission has requested your guidance to help engineer a way to reduce the pollutant in Wallum Lake. Studies on this new chemical called a photocatalyst show promising results and may be useful to you. Your task is to: 

  • Explain how the PFAs affect the local wildlife and humans
  • Determine whether the photocatalyst can successfully reduce the levels of pollutants and in what conditions it will work best
  • Design and create a prototype for a device that will help reduce the amount of pollutants.
  • Report back to the conservation commission about your proposed solution
Christina Vlad Lesson Coming Soon!
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Gregory Jones Lesson Coming Soon!

 

 

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