HS-ETS1-3

Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.

 
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Ensuring Lab Safety

High School Biology » Unit: Biology Essentials - Starting Your Year Off Right!
High School Biology » Unit: Biology Essentials - Starting Your Year Off Right!
Ashley Cooper
Thousand Oaks, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
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Lab safety is the cornerstone of an effective lab-science classroom. This lesson will review proper lab safety procedures, identify available safety equipment in your classroom, and review the Lab Safety Contract.

 
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Using Student Carbon Footprint Data to Connect to the Climate Change Debate (Day 1 of 2)

High School Biology » Unit: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
High School Biology » Unit: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
Maria Laws
Walnut Creek, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Use a carbon footprint calculator and an online discussion forum to get your kids talking about climate change and how they can help!

 
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The Pringle Package Project - Day 1

High School Physics » Unit: Forces in Two Dimensions
High School Physics » Unit: Forces in Two Dimensions
Jameson Parker
Danbury, CT
Environment: Suburban
 
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Engineering is the act of applying science concepts to the creation of something useful.

 
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Do we have an idea yet? (IDEATE)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Ideation, identification of constraints, and convergent thinking are processes that link understanding a problem to implementing a solution. How might students develop collaborative skills for ideating solutions and developing impactful prototypes?

 
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Bias toward action (PROTOTYPE)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Convergent thinking produces shared ideas that will become prototype solutions to problems. How might we help students assess and develop their ideas as rapid prototypes?

 
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DESIGN CHALLENGE: Food labels (1 of 2)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

The current food label describes the ingredients and nutritional content of food. How might we redesign the current food label to more accurately capture the total impact of modern food production, especially environmental costs?

 
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Using Student Carbon Footprint Data to Connect to the Climate Change Debate (Day 2 of 2)

High School Biology » Unit: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
High School Biology » Unit: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
Maria Laws
Walnut Creek, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Use a carbon footprint calculator and an online discussion forum to get your kids talking about climate change and how they can help!

 
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carbon footprint
   

Unit Synthesis: prototype + test + iterate (2 of 4)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Tenets of social and emotional learning are powerful constraints of engineering design thinking. How might we develop student contracts that maximize self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision making?

 
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CAPSTONE: Feeding 9 billion through sustainable farm design (2 of 3)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

The human population will approach 9 billion by 2050, but our current food system was not designed to sustainably feed so many. How might we apply our understanding of agricultural methods to feed 9 billion people in an environmentally sustainable manner?

 
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A Bioethics Question: DNA Information and Society (Day 1 of 2)

High School Biology » Unit: Unit 7: DNA & Protein Synthesis
High School Biology » Unit: Unit 7: DNA & Protein Synthesis
Maria Laws
Walnut Creek, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Help students connect science to our community with this engaging two day lesson series on the bioethics of DNA sample collection!

 
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Alginate Bead Bioengineering Lab

High School Science » Unit: Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology
High School Science » Unit: Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology
Ericka Senegar-Mitchell
Washington, DC
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Novel methods of therapy often have roots in natural materials used in innovative ways.

 
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Economics and the Environment

High School Science » Unit: The Nature of Environmental Science
High School Science » Unit: The Nature of Environmental Science
Taylor Wichmanowski
Los Angeles, CA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

It's impossible to approach environmental problems without acknowledging their relationship to the economic activity of humans.

 
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CASE STUDY: California's delta (3 of 3)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Environmental justice
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Environmental justice
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists use geographic information systems to develop maps of important features of physical geography. How might we use the California delta as a case study of how maps can be arguments for stakeholders’ ideas about how to use the environment?

 
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california delta
   

CAPSTONE: Feeding 9 billion through sustainable farm design (3 of 3)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

The human population will approach 9 billion by 2050, but our current food system was not designed to sustainably feed so many. How might we apply our understanding of agricultural methods to feed 9 billion people in an environmentally sustainable manner?

 
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Ethical Restraint: Environmental Justice Scenarios

High School Science » Unit: The Nature of Environmental Science
High School Science » Unit: The Nature of Environmental Science
Taylor Wichmanowski
Los Angeles, CA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Controlled scientific experiments are sometimes impossible to conduct because of ethical restraints. Observational studies can still be a good way to find correlation, but how people react to that information remains colored by their worldview and ethics.

 
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