3-D Printers: Cost Effective for the Quality?:
Students will compare the cost of pre-made solar car kits to cars made from a 3-D printer. In the second part of the activity, students will research other available 3-D printers and determine what attributes are important to consider. There is also an optional solar panel car race for day 3.
Basketball All Star Team:
Students are asked to break down player statistics into percentages to determine the best players to send to an all star team. Students are then requested to write about the procedure used to make their decisions. Students are then asked to rank the players from one to five with one being the top pick.
In this MEA, groups of students will evaluate the media for growing plants hydroponically in order to help restore some native species of the Everglades. Students will learn about hydroponics as an alternative agricultural practice, the rock cycle, types of landforms in Florida, and will use different methods to analyze data and arrive to conclusions, as well as present them in a detailed description of procedures and conclusions, including justification and evidence for each decision.
NASA: Roving for the right wheel! 3D + MEA:
In this MEA, students will evaluate wheel designs from different companies to determine which wheel is appropriate for the mission. Further 3D printing is integrated by 3D printing different wheel models which can be directly tested using a LEGO Mindsorms Robot or Simple Rubber Band Powered Sled and different Regolith Simulants for the Moon and Titan.
Protecting Our Dunes:
An environmental conservation group is asked to plant vegetation on existing sand dunes in South Florida to reduce the erosion of the dunes. Group members must decide which vegetation is best to plant.
Reconstructing Reptile Relationships - A Mesozoic Muddle:
In this Model Eliciting Activity (MEA), students will attempt to identify, draw, and describe evolutionary relationships between a collection of reptiles that lived during the Mesozoic Era and that shared a common reptilian ancestor that lived earlier - in the Paleozoic Era. The students will receive images of and facts about each of the reptiles, and will use those images and facts to prepare a cladogram – a tree-shaped diagram illustrating their hypotheses about those evolutionary relationships based on shared derived traits – and describe each of the branch points on the tree they construct.
Space Telescope: Optics and the EM Spectrum:
In this MEA, students will:
- identify and compare characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum such as wavelength, frequency, and energy.
- understand the benefits of studying astronomy using the electromagnetic spectrum and appreciate the amount of knowledge available through data and observations such as planetary images and satellite photographs.
- assess the value of technology in science for such purposes as access to outer space and other remote locations, sample collection, measurement, data collection and storage, computation, and communication of information.
- be able to describe the vast distances between objects in space using an understanding of light and how it travels.
- be able to analyze scientific texts and support their findings with textual evidence.