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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Product Health

Health

Product Health

How can we develop new consumer goods to meet today’s health needs?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will reevaluate the consumer packaged goods in their everyday lives through the eyes of a Product Design Engineer. They will collaborate to solve a need in the marketplace using the design thinking process, then complete a SWOT analysis on their product idea. 

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Sustainable Innovation

Communities

Sustainable Innovation

How can autonomous vehicles contribute to sustainable communities?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will consider the potential benefits and risks of autonomous vehicles using a mechanical engineering lens. They will identify characteristics of community sustainability to help design their own proposal for implementing autonomous vehicles locally.

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Machine Learning

Learning

Machine Learning

How can AI systems contribute to problem-solving?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will use the skills of an Artificial Intelligence Research Scientist to help solve a problem in any field of their choosing. They will examine issues in their chosen industry and explore how AI and machine learning could be used to optimize new solutions.

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Privacy and Tech

Digital Citizenship

Privacy and Tech

How can new technology be safely used in ways that benefit individuals and society?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will become familiar with American data privacy laws and regulations by stepping into the role of data privacy expert. They will problem solve for privacy issues facing a current tech innovation, and offer recommendations for how that innovation can benefit both the user and society.

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Fuel for the Future

Oil and Natural Gas

Fuel for the Future

Which biofuel, when combined with petroleum, may have the most potential to fuel future travel and transportation?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will discover how biofuels combined with petroleum can contribute to sustainable travel and transportation. They will analyze the environmental and economic pros & cons of various biofuel sources to decide which would best support the future of travel.

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Powering Our Skies

Energy

Powering Our Skies

How can we sustainably power our planes in the future?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students can let their creativity soar as they imagine sustainable and innovative energy sources that could be used to propel the aviation industry. They will examine different potential options before making their selection and sharing their ideas with peers.

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Sustainable School Meals

Food

Sustainable School Meals

How can cafeteria meals and practices become more sustainable?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will take the role of School Sustainability Manager as they focus on improving their school’s cafeteria. They will learn about sustainable food plans and create action steps to help decrease environmental impact and increase sustainability with their school lunches.

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Eco-Friendly Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Eco-Friendly Manufacturing

How can manufacturing help the world’s water scarcity problems?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will investigate the textile industry’s impact on global water scarcity using engineering analysis. They will review strategies for reducing pollution while maintaining industry success, and draft clear guidelines to steer textile manufacturers to a more sustainable future.

Water Solutions

Water

Water Solutions

How can household materials be used to filter contaminants from water?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students get a clear idea of the issue of water scarcity, while exploring their own original solutions to help create easily-accessible clean water. They will utilize everyday materials found at home to create, build, test, and optimize an effective water-filtration design.

Our Virtual Selves

Digital Citizenship

Our Virtual Selves

How can we treat others well online?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students are reminded of the importance of individual citizenship in sustaining a healthy community, including in the digital world. They will collaborate and brainstorm to create a digital citizen “passport” that helps reinforce the need to be kind and responsible members of our community.

Plastic Patrol

Energy

Plastic Patrol

How can communities reduce impact of plastic waste on the environment?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students discover the environmental cost of “single-use” plastics, particularly the negative impacts on the Earth’s waterways. They will think constructively about plastic waste by designing, building, and optimizing their own solutions for re-using waste on a local level.

Video Game Design

Learning

Video Game Design

How can we design and program diverse video game characters?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students use the ever-popular world of video games to explore computational thinking and diversity. They will create custom-designed video game characters in their image, then develop their own original code to create some cool character movements.

Power Down

Communities

Power Down

How can we conserve energy in our school?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students take a closer look at energy consumption to understand how this impacts our air and environment. They will analyze how energy is consumed at their school, then use collaboration and creativity to develop recommendations on how to reduce energy consumption.

Move It!

Health

Move It!

How can students be more physically active throughout the school day?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students examine the importance of regular physical activity in achieving their best lives. They will brainstorm activities that increase breathing and heart rate, before finally envisioning a redesign for their classroom that would create space for physical activity.

Transport Emissions

Exploration and Discovery

Transport Emissions

How can aviation become more sustainable?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students gain a better idea of how aviation creates greenhouse gas which affects the Earth’s atmosphere. They will think critically about the effects of greenhouse gas on climate change by investigating the extent to which weight contributes to energy consumption for an airplane.

Waste Not

Food

Waste Not

How can we reduce food waste in our school?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students think more critically about the negative impacts of food waste on the Earth by focusing on their own lives and communities. They will analyze the food waste that their class produces, then design and implement a plan to reduce, reuse, or recycle their waste effectively.

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.

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. 
 

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.