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STEM and EE Lessons and Resources

Sample Lessons from TeachEngineering.org

TE Curricular Unit: Environment
Through numerous lessons and hands-on activities, students are introduced to the concept of an environment and the interactions within it. As they learn about natural and manmade environments, and renewable and non-renewable natural resources, they see how people use our natural resources and the many environmental issues in our world today.

TE Curricular Unit Environmental Engineering

TE Curricular Unit: Air Pollution

TE Curricular Unit: Energy

TE Curricular Unit: Exploring Solar Power

TE Curricular Unit: All Caught Up: Bycatching and Design
Students will study bycatch from an engineering perspective
to design technological solutions for addressing the problem.

Upper Elementary/ Middle School
Cleaning Up With Decomposers Students also learn how engineers use decomposers to help clean up wastes in a process known as bioremediation. This lesson concludes a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems.

Go With the Energy Flow- Students learn about energy and nutrient flow in various biosphere climates and environments. Understanding energy flow and transfer is important for many engineering applications.

What Will Biodegrade?
Students investigate what types of materials biodegrade in the soil, and learn what happens to their trash after they throw it away. Waste management engineers use the process of biodegredation to minimize the amount of space that landfills take up.

Other related lessons
Biodomes Engineering Design Project: Lessons 2-6
Biomimicry: Natural Designs
Got Energy? Spinning a Food Web
Population Density: How Much Space Do You Have?

Air Pollution

On the Move Looking at models and maps, students explore different pathways and consequences of pollutant transport via the weather and water cycles.

Not So Neutral Views Students are introduced to acids and bases, and the environmental problem of acid rain.

Let's Heat Things Up! Students observe demonstrations, and build and evaluate simple models to understand the greenhouse effect, the role of increased greenhouse gas concentration in global warming, and the implications of global warming theory for engineers, themselves and the Earth. In an associated literacy activity, students learn how a bill becomes law and research global warming legislation.
  • The No Zone of Ozone
  • I've Gotta Get Some Air
  • Pollution Solutions 
  • Dangerous Air

    The Search for Secret Agents Students embark on a scavenger hunt around the school looking for indoor air pollution and mapping source locations.

    Environmental History Timeline

    Green Marketing

    Dirty Decomposers Students design and conduct experiments to determine what environmental factors favor decomposition by soil microbes.

    Environments and Ecosystems Students learn why a solid understanding of one's environment and the interdependence of an ecosystem can inform the choices we make and the way we engineer our communities. This lesson is part of a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems

    TE Curricular Unit: Marine Mapping

    Weather and Atmosphere


    High School

    TE Energy Efficient Housing

    TE Engineering for the Earth
    Students are introduced to the complex systems of the Earth through numerous lessons on the Earth's natural resources, processes, weather, climate and landforms

    Contact Information
    Gary Hedges, Science Specialist
    Maryland State Department of Education
    200 West Baltimore Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Phone:  410-767-0323
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