SHPE Foundation

SHPE Jr. Chapter Curriculum

2013-2014 Curriculum

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April 2014

STEM Hands-on Activity: Shot Under Pressure (Water Pressure Lab)

Students use their understanding of projectile physics and fluid dynamicsto find the water pressure in water guns. By measuring the range of the water jets, they are able to calculate the theoretical pressure. Students create graphs to analyze how the predicted pressure relates to the number of times they pump the water gun before shooting

College Prep: The Life and Times of a First-Generation College Student

Students will read and discuss the profiles of first‐generation college students.  Students will then participate in a role‐play on the life of a college student. After this lesson students will understand the steps that first‐generation students took to graduate from college and reinforce that students can attend college if they make the right decisions and carefully plan for the future.

Soft Skills: Professionalism

The activities in this section focus on learning how to solve problems in a variety of ways in the workplace. Participants will hear about how to properly tell the difference among criticism, praise, and feedback and reacting appropriately. The section will also review strategies for making ethical decisions, solving problems on a team with others, and learning how to take into account others' perceptions when assessing actions or statements in the workplace.

Source: Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/softskills.pdf

March 2014

STEM Hands-on Activity: Creepy Silly Putty

Students will learn about viscoelastic material behavior by using silly putty, an easy‐to‐make polymer material. They will learn how to make silly putty, observe its behavior with different strain rates, and then measure the creep time of different formulations of silly putty. Students will gain experience in data collection, graph interpretation, and comparison of material properties to elucidate material behavior.

College Prep: Mock College Admissions

Students review the basics of the college‐admission process in a group‐oriented, hands‐on activity. This activity will provide a “behind‐the‐scenes” look at college admissions.

Soft Skills: Problem Solving

The activities in this section focus on learning how to solve problems in a variety of ways in the workplace. Participants will hear about how to properly tell the difference among criticism, praise, and feedback and reacting appropriately. The section will also review strategies for making ethical decisions, solving problems on a team with others, and learning how to take into account others' perceptions when assessing actions or statements in the workplace.

Source: Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/softskills.pdf

February 2014

STEM Hands-on Activity: Light Intensity Lab

Students complete this Beer's Law activity in class by examining the attenuation of various thicknesses of transparencies. From this activity, students will understand that different substances absorb light differently.

College Prep: What are Colleges Looking For?

This lesson will help students start to explore the areas that colleges might focus on during the admissions process. If they are truly to believe in themselves, students should recognize their strengths and how best to showcase them.

Soft Skills: Networking

The activities in this section focus on the process of networking and its relevance and importance to career development. Students will learn about taking initiative and overcoming hesitations, informational interviewing, as well as potential guidelines to consider when using social networks, texting, and email for networking purposes.

Source: Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/softskills.pdf

January 2014

STEM Hands-On Activity: Surface Tension Lab

Students will gain an understanding of mixtures and the concept of separation of mixtures by using strong magnets to find the element of iron in iron-fortified breakfast cereal flakes.

College Prep: Summer Programs and Internships

Students will learn how to make the most of their summer through participation in educational programs and internships.

Soft Skills: Teamwork

The activities seek to teach students about the importance of teamwork to workplace success and the specific role each individual on a team may play. Participants will learn about positive teamwork behavior and discover how their own conduct can impact others on a team.

Source: Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/softskills.pdf

December 2013

STEM Hands-On Activity: Surface Tension Lab

Students extend their understanding of surface tension by exploring the real-world engineering problem of deciding what makes a "good" soap bubble

College Prep: FAFSA 101 for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Students will learn how to use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for financial aid in January. This presentation will include online FAFSA application.

Soft Skills: Enthusiasm

The activities for this month will help sudents explore the importance of enthusiasm in the academic and workplace. A positive and enthusiastic attitude is a critical component of workplace success.

Source: Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/softskills.pdf

November 2013

STEM Activity: Is it Alive?

Students will use research to develop their criteria for determining if something is alive. Students will use their criteria to collect data from three samples.  Student will use scientific observations to establish criteria, differentiate between living and non-living objects, and attribute criteria as Earth-based definitions of life.

Source: Johnson Space Center, Arizona State University’s Mars Education Program, http://marsed.asu.edu/sites/default/files/stem_resources/Is%20it%20Alive_%20Lesson.pdfDecember 2013

College Prep: Types of Financial Aid

Students will learn the benefits and differences between sources of financial aid such government, institutional, and private.

Soft Skills: Communication Activities

The activities in this section will help students practice and recognize how they provide information to others, and how others may prefer to receive information. It is important to reinforce with participants that communication skills involve give and take — and they can, indeed, be learned and strengthened over time.

Activities:

Source: Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/softskills.pdf

Training Webinar: SHPE Jr. Chapter Curriculum for November

 

Past Curriculum & Training

November 2012

MentorSHPE: SAT and ACT

Soft Skills: Leadership Activity

Presentation Overview: SAT, ACT, and Leadership

STEM Activity: Virtual Rollercoaster and Algodoo Friction

Webinar Training

December 2012

MentorSHPE: Financial Aid for College

Soft Skills: Study Skills and Habits

STEM Activity: Newton’s Playground

Webinar Training

January 2013

MentorSHPE: FAFSA

Soft Skills: Financial Education

STEM Activity: Thermbot (Thermal Energy)

February 2013

MentorSHPE: STEM Industry Presentation

Soft Skills: 4 C's (Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Creativity)

STEM Activity: Thermbot (Waves)

Webinar Training

GRADUATES READY FOR TASKING

Graduates Ready for Tasking Presentation

Graduates Ready for Tasking - Speaker Notes

Origami Ship

Origami Instructions

Navy Mission Video

NAVSEA Welcome Video

NAVSEA Engineering Centers Video