Engage your students with this week-long STEM challenge.
Many countries are now looking at the possibility of using the energy from waves in the
ocean to create electricity. You live on the California coast and work for the state’s
energy department. You have been tasked to research the advantages and
disadvantages of harnessing wave energy. You will also need to build and present a
model which can demonstrate how the state of California could use wave energy as an
alternative energy source. In your presentation, you need to explain the finding of your
research, as well as explain exactly how the process of converting wave energy to
electrical energy will work. The other coastal states in the country are watching. Lead
by example and do a great job!
• The 21st-century problem includes a video challenge which outlines the activity in a fun and easy to understand way.
• The slideshow presentation (PPT and Keynote) 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: Cardboard, String, Toilet paper tubes, Toothpicks, Paper, Tape, Scissors, Plastic bags, Straws, Paper cups, Styrofoam, Play-Doh.
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 energy transformations and renewable energy sources.
NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4, 4-ESS3-1, HS-PS3-3, adaptable to MS-PS3-5
TEKS: 6.7A, 6.7B
Other STEM Challenges
Project: Rocket Launch - Create Rocket That is Ready for Launch
Project: Birdman - Design a Bird Beak for a Feeding Frenzy
Project: Electric - Design a System to Harness Wave Energy
Project: Hurricane Defender - Build a Hurricane Proof House
Project: Inhabit Mars - Build a Landing Device for Mars
Project: Lunar Base - Design a Lunar Colony
Project: Move - Design a Pulley System To Move a Heavy Load
Project: Save the Oceans - Design a Device to Clean the Oceans
Project: Skydive - Design a Parachute For Your New Business
Project: Thrills - Design A Fast and Furious Roller Coaster
Project: Wind and Sky - Create a 21st Century Turbine
Project: Explore Mars - Create a Space Probe for a MARS Mission
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