STEM Challenge - Project Arches: Protect Geologic Arches from Damage

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Engage your students with this week-long STEM challenge.

The Challenge:

A sandstone arch is one of the most fascinating geological formations on planet Earth. There are over 2000 natural arches in Arches National Park located in Utah. Unfortunately, some of the arches are being damaged by vandals etching their names into the rocks. Your team has been asked to help educate your generation about these amazing arches and why they should be protected from vandalism. You are going to investigate how the different types of weathering and erosion have created these magnificent features. Then you will write a blog post about your findings on how arches are formed, with the many reasons that graffiti etching is a tragic mistake. To publicize your blog, each group will contribute one arch towards making a mini model of Arches National Park. Your teacher will assign you a specific arch, and you will build a miniature model.

What's Included

• The 21st-century problem includes a video challenge which outlines the activity in a fun and easy to understand way.

• The slideshow presentation (PPT) allows the teacher to facilitate the pacing throughout the project.

• The teacher lesson plans include TEKS and NGSS standards alignment, and step-by-step directions on what the teacher and students should be doing along the way.

• The student notebook will guide the student through the activity. The questions will challenge students to learn new information, reflect on learned information, and provide the students a framework for the entire project.

• Each lesson is written using the Launch process. Students are going to be brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on failures and opportunities. At the end of each project, we’ve asked the students to share their ideas with the world. This holds students accountable. They will put forth the best effort knowing other students could critique the project.

What Supplies Do I Need

Each product contains a list of suggested supplies for the project. We were very cautious about choosing inexpensive items. This project has a suggested supply list that includes:

· Computer to write their blog post

· Internet or a picture of specific arches (See PowerPoint for list)

· Clay or Play-Doh

· Small index card

The supply list is dynamic and can be adjusted to your situation.

NGSS and TEKS Standards

Aside from the engineering components of this project, students will be learning about force and motion and specifically Newton's Laws (3rd).

Next Generation Science Standards:

MS ESS2-2-

Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

MS-ETS1-1

Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1-2

Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1-3

Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS-ETS1-4

Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

Texas TEKS 7.8B:

Analyze the effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition on the environment in ecoregions of Texas. (In this case Arches National Park)

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75 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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