Classroom Activities

Access the no-cost, standards-aligned classroom activities to support future career success for all students. Each activity features important STEM skills and a step-by-step guide for implementing activities into your classroom. Explore the resources today. 

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Every Drop Counts

Water

Every Drop Counts

How can irrigation systems be redesigned to reduce water waste?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
45–60 minute activity

Students explore the components of irrigation systems used around the world. They will investigate the challenges of different systems and develop an understanding of how irrigation systems can both contribute to and help our global water crisis. 
 

Distillation of Crude Oil (DLB)

General

Distillation of Crude Oil (DLB)

How important is the process of oil distillation in our everyday lives?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
45–60 minute activity

Students use the design engineering process and build their own mixtures to better understand the process of distillation. They will synthesize information to determine relationships between hydrocarbon size, boiling points, and final petroleum products made through the distillation of crude oil.

Petroleum Hunt

Energy

Petroleum Hunt

How important are petroleum refined products to modern education?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
45–60 minute activity

Students learn the amazing range of everyday products that can be created from the highly useful substances known as petrochemicals, including everything from musical instruments to makeup to furniture. They will research petroleum products in schools, then communicate their findings.

Farm to Table

Communities

Farm to Table

Do people realize how far food has to travel to get to their plate?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
45–60 minute activity

Students gain context on the role petroleum plays in food production, while focusing on the importance of fuel efficiency and sustainable infrastructure. They will assess how efficiency varies among freight transportation methods based on factors like speed, cost, and environmental impact.

A Sweet Petroleum Polymer

Learning

A Sweet Petroleum Polymer

How much do petroleum-based polymers hold our world together?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
45–60 minute activity

Students get a sense of the immense strength and versatility of petroleum-based polymers, by taking a closer look at one of its most popular applications – chewing gum! They will examine several types of natural polymers at the molecular level, and analyze the polymer content in different types of gum.

Cyber Solutions

Cyber

Cyber Solutions

How can we ensure that our personal information is secure online?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Students step into the role of a security employee at a technology company and explore the importance of cybersecurity. They will research various measures that contribute to cybersecurity, and they will ultimately create a model that explains these measures to the public in a creative way.

Harnessing Energy

Energy

Harnessing Energy

What should be considered when designing an efficient and reliable power solution?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Students investigate the different ways electricity can be generated from different types of energy sources. They will consider the efficiency, reliability, cost, and environmental impact of each, and work together to propose an optimal power solution for a ranger station in rural Alaska.

(Artificial) Intelligence

Learning

(Artificial) Intelligence

Is artificial intelligence beneficial to society?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Students explore the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) and the way in which it affects their daily lives. After researching the impact of AI on one career area, they will debate its benefits and risks. They will ultimately apply what they have learned to craft their own opinion on the role of AI in today’s society.

Creating Healthy, Sustainable Schools

Communities

Creating Healthy, Sustainable Schools

How can we improve the health of our school community?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Students explore the components of sustainability, as applied to their school community. They will suggest ways in which the health of their school community could be improved, and they will ultimately create a plan for redesigning a section of their school.

Staying Informed

Health

Staying Informed

How can we inform the public of environmental health risks?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Students examine the health risks associated with climate change. They will identify two key risks as well as what the public can do to maintain their health despite these hazards. Students will ultimately create a design for an app that communicates this health information.

Fabricating our Future

Exploration and Discovery

Fabricating our Future

How can additive manufacturing expand the horizons of human exploration?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Students investigate the applications of 3D printing in deep space. They will explore the challenges that are associated with a Martian habitat and they will develop a design for additive manufacturing that considers these obstacles and helps humans live on Mars.

Recycling Food & Waste

Food

Recycling Food & Waste

How can composting contribute to global sustainability?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Students explore the idea of composting from a national and global perspective. After researching what composting entails and the impact it can have, students will educate a target audience about this process in an effort to decrease waste and/or lessen global hunger.