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Hacking STEM

Build affordable inquiry and project-based activities to visualize data across science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. Middle school standards-based lesson plans written by teachers for teachers.

  • Analyze astronauts’ photos of Earth to predict climate change

  • Building machines that emulate humans

  • Build models to understand and mitigate brain injury

  • Compare speeds - how fast do humans run?

  • Design astro socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity

  • Detect alpha, beta, and gamma radiation

  • Experience microgravity by understanding Newton’s 2nd and 3rd laws of motion

  • Measure speed to understand forces & motion

  • Make party lights to understand electrical circuits and switches

  • Measure water quality to understand human impact

  • Understand adiabatic compression and the ideal gas law

  • Use computational thinking to understand earthquakes

  • Use materials science engineering to determine heat resistance