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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (8 - 12)
Title: Attitude Determines Altitude
Description: This cross-curricular activity allows students an opportunity to practice their skills in math, science, language arts, and technology. As an extension to the ALEX lesson 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off, math and science teachers collaborate to allow students to apply their math skills in science class by calculating the altitude of a paper rocket. Students are given an opportunity to expand their literary knowledge by viewing an inspirational video clip by author, expert story teller, and NASA Rocket scientist Homer Hickam as he shares his adventures in rocket science growing up in the West Virginia coal mines.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Float or Sink?
Description: Students will define density and use the density formula to determine the density, volume, and mass of various items using the correct units for each measurement.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Transform Me! - Types of Energy
Description: Students will understand the law of conservation of energy and the transformation of energy from one type to another.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (8 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Bloodstain Pattern Doesn't Lie......
Description: Students will formulate a hypothesis about the relationship (linear, direct, indirect, etc.) between the distance a drop of blood falls and the diameter of the splatter it makes. To test their hypothesis, the students will work collaboratively to make blood droplets, on paper, from different heights. After graphing droplet diameter and height using a spreadsheet program, individual students will evaluate their hypothesis. Students will use their graphed data to: 1) write an equation for the mathematical relationship of droplet diameter and height. 2) interpolate the height from which a blood droplet made by someone else was dropped. The students will compare data from different groups to determine possible sources for differences.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (9 - 12)
Title: Automotive Brake Service-inspecting and Machining a Disc Brake Rotor Off the Vehicle.
Description: The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (9 - 12)
Title: Automotive Brake Service-inspecting and machining a disc brake rotor on-the-vehicle
Description: The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: How High Did My Rocket Go?
Description: This is a lab in which the students will calculate the height of an air or water rocket by using trigonometry.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Properties of Minerals
Description: This lesson will motivate students to recognize the basic building blocks of our planet. They will develop skills of observation and analysis. The students will begin the process of forensics on the basis of investigation and drawing conclusions from observations.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Diverse Life forms of the Ocean
Description: This lesson allows students to view and draw conclusions on the importance of life in the ocean. It uses student created movies to explore what is going on, as well as identifying the zones and diverse life associated with the oceans. The teacher will be able to facilitate mult-faceted questions concerning the oceans and all the interactions of life within it.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Physical Education, Science
Title: Curve Balls      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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