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    Middle Grades STEM Curriculum - Building pathways to emerging tech careers

    Exciting early learning experiences are the key to introducing students to rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering, math and computer science fields.

    STEM skills are essential in the workplace of today and tomorrow. To succeed, students need to be able to grasp complex problems, think creatively, understand technology and troubleshoot problems. SREB’s middle grades STEM projects awaken students’ natural curiosity about the world and deepen their understanding of scientific inquiry and the engineering design process — all while introducing them to exciting, tech-driven careers.

    Spark student discovery and an enduring love of science with SREB’s project-based middle grades STEM courses. 

    To learn more about Advanced Career, e-mail Zach Riffell at zach.riffell@sreb.org or visit SREB.org/AC.

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    Artificial Selection and Cloning - Consumables Kit

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    Engineering – Bridging the Gap

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    Bridging the Gap – Students become civil engineers as they design a new bike path bridge to cross a stream that accommodates two bicycle lanes and emergency vehicles. Students explore types of bridges, static forces and scale factors in drawing and model-building.

    Eye in the Sky - Equipment & Supply Kit

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    Middle Grades - General Kit

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    Manufacturing – Rapid Prototyping

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    Students design a commemorative coin for the U.S. Mint that highlights a social or historical event. Students use rapid prototyping to test their designs and explore how density, mass, and volume can help to determine the dimensions of their designs.

    Outbreak - Consumables Kit

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    Students become Center for Disease Control investigators researching a suspected disease outbreak. Students develop a disease containment plan by exploring existing containment procedures, mathematical growth models and testing procedures.

    Product Creation

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    Package Design – Reverse Engineering

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    Students become packaging designers as they reverse engineer existing package designs to use flatstock material and be more environmentally friendly. Students explore material properties, volume, surface area and mathematical nets.

    Renewable Energy – Harness the Wind

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    Students become research company workers as they develop improved blades for wind turbines used in different geographic areas. Students explore drag and lift as they design their blades and experiment with independent and dependent variables.

    What Happened to the Lights

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