We’ve created a host of lessons that integrate math into other subject areas. Check out these fun ways to explore the M in STEM!
Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.
Building for Birdie
Apply knowledge of shapes to build a bird home that is structurally sound.
Lesson: 60 minutes
Unit: 150 minutes
Activity: 30 minutes
Cryptobabel: Coded Communication
Students are presented with a top-secret scenario in which they must intercept a message from a spy.
Lesson: 75-90 minutes
Hashing and Cracking: Password Essentials
Students take on the role of an entrepreneur creating their own company website. How can they make the login system as secure as possible?
Lesson: 50-60 minutes
The Math Behind Circuits
Explore different types of circuits and make calculations to gain practical skills in building, visualizing, and understanding circuits.
Lesson: Two 60-minute sessions
Catch It, If You Can
Build and develop a scale drawing of a rain catchment system that will help conserve water. Explore challenges associated with drought in California and how water conservation can be part of a solution.
Lesson: Five or six 60-minute sessions
Mayday on Mars
Use line plots to compare the trajectories of balloon-powered Mars vehicles.
Lesson: Five 50-minute sessions
Traverse the Terrain
Design a Mars terrain navigation test using coordinate planes to help NASA prepare for the next rover mission.
Lesson: Four 50-minute sessions
More Plastic, More Problems: Using Ratios to Get Real
Design a device that removes garbage from the ocean while minimizing the number of animals collected.
Lesson: Five to seven 50-minute sessions
Students will play the role of packaging engineers, exploring how to protect shipped items in innovative ways.
Lesson: 90 minutes
Unit: 150 minutes
Explore angles and trajectories to determine the optimal angle and height to launch a paper rocket through a target.
Lesson: 75 min