Field-Test New, NGSS-Aligned SEE Curriculum Modules
We are currently field-testing several curriculum modules. Contact us if you want to learn more about testing and/or optimizing any of the modules listed below.
High School students learn about and use green algae to pursue solutions for complex problems such as climate change. This involves using creativity and STEM to grow your own algae in at-home and lab-based settings. The module consists of 4 lessons which are estimated to take 10, 50 minute periods (~2 weeks of class time). The content and NGSS covered are most suitable for environmental science, integrated science, biotechnology, biology, and STEM courses. Prerequisites include a general understanding of the central flow of genetic information that leads to physical characteristics (DNA to RNA to proteins). The lessons can be otherwise adapted for 9th-12th grade students.
Students use STEAM and big data to understand how life's tiniest cells bloom in water and contribute to our lives. This module works well in virtual and in-person settings. Project-based learning (PBL) is integrated throughout this 4-week module. These lessons can be used without PBL and are easily adapted for 9th-12th grade students based on their previous knowledge of photosynthesis and marine systems. Most suitable courses include marine science, environmental science, integrated science, biology, biotechnology and STEAM courses. Advanced physics and chemistry teachers have also found portions of these lessons to be very engaging for the rigorous application of basic concepts.
These activities introduce high school students to systems dynamics and computational modeling. Once in the mindset of a systems thinker, students can move through the activities of varying difficulties - Introductory (easiest), Intermediate, Advanced (hardest) - at their own pace. Students and/or classes can also share their own models to add to the set of resources for students and classrooms.
Students use real-world, big data to investigate Carbon's fate through the air and sea and explore how this influences our world. These eight lessons are most suitable in earth science, marine science, integrated, life science, AP environmental science, biochemistry, biotechnology or STEM courses. The 4-week interdisciplinary module is very hands-on and culminates with proposals for an innovation or invention to answer the question, "What can you do?" in response to our changing carbon cycle.
This is one of four modules being created for WA State's Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction. This first module is driven by the question: How can we use a systems approach to address/recognize the whole of a person's health? Students will move themselves and their communities toward health and long-term wellness by defining the problem, collecting information and developing solutions. These materials are written to build empathy for the experiences people have navigating the complexities of health and the healthcare systems. This content is recommended for 11th or 12th grade students in health and integrated STEAM courses in addition to the full-year course.