SHPE Foundation

SHPE Jr. Chapter Curriculum (2014-2015)

SHPE Jr. Chapter Curriculum (2014-2015)

The SHPE Foundation provides a comprehensive curriculum to the SHPE Jr. Chapters each month. Check back monthly for each month’s plans and download the SHPE Jr. Handbook for the complete list of activities.

February 2015

STEM Hands-on Activity:Building Bridges: A Matter of Truss

Students experience participating as a member of an engineering design team to complete an engineering project within a specified budget and schedule. This activity could also include a requirement that the bridge hold a particular amount of weight and be a particular set of dimensions, and students could be required to make calculations before building.

 

Life Skills: Using Technology Wisely/ Paying for College

Participants will learn more about how to become an effective consumer and user of information. Students will also learn about applying for scholarship and financial aid resources.

January 2015

STEM Hands-on Activity: Pencils, Diamond, Graphene

Students explore circuits, insulators and conductors; learn that engineering involves teamwork to solve problems; and discover that engineering can help solve society's challenges.

Life Skills: Exploring My Career Options/Are We a Diverse Group

Students will learn more about career options and explore ways to choose the best career for them. This session will include a focus on STEM careers. Participants will learn more about diversity and cross-cultural interactions. They will also learn about the importance of diversity and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds.

December 2014

STEM Hands-on Activity: Water that is Safe to Drink

Students perform one of the first steps that environmental engineers do to determine water quality— sampling and analysis.

Life Skills: Communicating Your College and Career Goals

Participants will learn more about the communications process, importance of effective written and verbal communication, and explore the elements of a cohesive, impactful college scholarship or admission essay.

November 2014

STEM Hands-on Activity: Engineering Heart Valves

Students examine and operate both a ball valve and a experiment with a gate valve, then they work as a team of "engineers" to develop and sketch enhancements to the mechanical heart valve.

Life Skills: Understanding College Options & Admissions Exams

Students will explore critical thinking skills using practical activities to explore college options, identifying colleges that fit their preferences and understanding college admissions exams (i.e. SAT, ACT). Students will use facilitated guidance to think about college options available to them.

October 2014

STEM Hands-on Activity: Origami Engineering

Students work in teams to design and build a model solar panel that folds into a small box without being damaged.

September 2014

STEM Hands-on Activity: Design a Flying Machine

Students will place themselves in the role of Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR) Aerospace Engineers. Students will draw a design for their own flying machine and apply their knowledge of aircraft design and the forces acting on them. The students will start with a brainstorming activity where they come up with creative uses for everyday objects. They will then use their creativity and knowledge of airplanes to design their own flying machine.

We encourage you to send share your designs via email with SHPE Foundation at shpefoundation@shpe.org

College Prep: Start the School Year Off Right!

Students will share lessons learned from years past and goals for the upcoming academic year to ensure a strong start to the school year.

Soft Skills: What Makes a Leader?

This activity will help determine what characteristics make a leader, what leadership qualities students see in themselves, and what they can do to sharpen leadership skills.

August 2014

 

STEM Hands-on Activity: Power, Work and the Waterwheel

Waterwheels are devices that generate power and do work. Students construct a waterwheel using two-liter bottles, dowel rods and index cards, and calculate the power created and work done by them.

College Prep: What Type of Student Am I?

Students will reflect on what it takes to be a successful student and realize that they each have multiple intelligences. Students will learn that understanding their own intelligences will help them maximize their learning potential.

Source: Believing the College Dream, EMC Foundation, http://www.emcfoundation.org

Soft Skills: Networking

An Introduction to Networking This activity will introduce participants to the process of networking and to help them begin to understand its relevance to the career development process. Students will learn networking is finding ways to “get known” by other who can help you in your education and job search.

Using Social Media to Network This activity gives participants the opportunity to debate the pros and cons of using social media to network and how to protect their online image – and education and career opportunities.

Source: Common Core State Standards Initiative ©2012 & National Educational Technology Standards for Students ©2007, International Society for Technology in Education

July 2014

 

STEM Hands-on Activity: Hovercraft Racers!

Students gain first-hand experience on how friction affects motion. They build a hovercraft using air from a balloon to levitate a craft made from a compact disc (CD), learning that a bed of air under an object significantly reduces the friction as it slides over a surface

College Prep: What Type of Student Am I?

This lesson will help students and families reflect on what it takes to be a successful student. They will explore what resources they need to be successful and how to access them. This month’s focus will be the importance of knowing what areas you need help in and how to ask for resources.

Source: Believing the College Dream, EMC Foundation, http://www.emcfoundation.org

Soft Skills: Enthusiasm

Never Underestimate the Power of PMA PMA, or Positive Mental Attitude, is one’s ability to maintain the belief that he or she can transform or change a tough situation into something better. This activity will help participants take difficult situations and find ways to EMPOWER themselves to turn negative thinking into positive thinking.

Believe It or Not: Your Attitude and Enthusiasm Just Might Get You the Job According to many sources, the enthusiasm you display on a job interview can make the difference between getting the job and not getting the job. This activity will focus on the different attitudes that can be (and have been) displayed during a job interview.

Source: Common Core State Standards Initiative ©2012 & National Educational Technology Standards for Students ©2007, International Society for Technology in Education

June 2014

STEM Hands-on Activity: Egg-cellent Landing

The purpose of this activity is to recreate the classic egg-drop experiment with an analogy to the Mars rover landing. The concept of terminal velocity will be introduced, and students will perform several velocity calculations. Also, students will have to design and build their lander within a pre-determined budget to help reinforce a real-world design scenario.

College Prep: What Type of Student Am I?

This lesson will help students and families reflect on what it takes to be a successful student. They will explore what resources they need to be successful and how to access them. This month’s focus will be the importance of hard-work and time management.

Source: Believing the College Dream, EMC Foundation, http://www.emcfoundation.org

Soft Skills: Communication

Listen Hear!! - This activity is designed to get participants to think about the importance of two-way communication Students conduct an activity which evaluates their ability to follow instructions.

What’s your Point? This activity will help participants to understand the importance of being specific when offering and receiving communication. Students will conduct role plays to demonstrate the value of being specific in communication to others and in what is received from others.

Source: Common Core State Standards Initiative ©2012 & National Educational Technology Standards for Students ©2007, International Society for Technology in Education

 

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2013-2014 Academic Year Curriculum