Inventions to Improve our Insides

Understanding Life Systems
In this inquiry activity, students will explore the various organ systems in the human body and how they interact.  Through student-created models and investigations on body systems, they will explore how lifestyle choices can affect the health of the organ system and overall health of the human body.  Communication skills will be developed through a debate-style discussion on the most important organ system and written tasks following investigations of the circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems. They will identify a system they wish to improve, and create and test an invention to improve one component of the system. They will showcase learning with the creation of a media campaign for their invention detailing how it will improve their overall health.

 

Saving Our Structures

Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
In this inquiry activity, students will explore the forces affecting stability of structures and design a model of a structure which can remain stable during a natural disaster.

 

 

Change Matters

Understanding Matter and Energy
In this inquiry activity, students will explore the properties of matter and investigate physical and chemical changes.  The inquiry will focus on changes to matter in their kitchen, in transportation, or an area of personal interest.

 

 

Inspiring Inventions

Understanding Earth and Space Systems
In this inquiry activity, students will explore energy and resource conservation.  They will conduct an experiment exploring how changing one habit will reduce the use of energy or resources in their home or classroom.  They will also look at leisure time activities and Rube Goldberg machines, and design an invention which transforms energy in numerous ways.