This week, we're highlighting a number of sample Stage 3 integrated STEM units of work available on the iTeachSTEM website.
Plants in Space
As humans seek to explore and colonise outer space, it is critical to develop efficient ways to grow plants to provide a reliable source of renewable food and oxygen. Finding solutions to the challenges of growing plants in space requires innovative thinking and an understanding of both the growth requirements of plants and of the environmental conditions experienced in space.
Note: Given the time required to grow plants, overlapping Learning Sequence 2 (Conduct a scientific experiment) and Learning Sequence 3 (Research and identify the challenges of space exploration and colonisation) is recommended.
In this project, students are introduced to the environmental problem of the global decline in insects. Students explore the question: what role do insects play in food production and how do we continue to pollinate plants when the insects are dying out? They apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles through a series of learning experiences where they will explore the important role of pollinators in agriculture and then design and build a mechanical pollinator. Students use innovative thinking to brainstorm possible solutions to the challenges of creating a pollinator for food production. They incorporate their understanding of the role of pollinators and the different pollination requirements of plants into the solutions they develop.
During the course of this project students will apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles within a historical context through a series of learning experiences where students will explore the development of the transportation industry. Students will be required to build a 3D map of Australia to model their proposed national transportation system powered by renewable energies. Students will also have the opportunity to build a prototype of the vehicles that could be used for their proposed solution.
At the end of this project students will participate in an in-school Mini Electric Vehicle Qualifier, where successful teams will compete in the Hunter Valley Mini Electric Vehicle competition