Teacher Resources

BURNING BRIGHT

Subject:
 Earth & Space Science


Gr Level:
 9-12


Activity Time:
 5 periods, 50 minutes each


NGSS Topic(s):
Earth’s Place in the Universe


CCSS Topic(s):
N/A

Description:
Students will use qualitative modeling to communicate the life cycles of low, average and high mass stars.

Scan:
Meshes of scanned sculptures are manipulated in 3D modeling software to model the different lifecycle stages of stars. Think-Scan-Share exercises help students analyze the current status of their work throughout the module.

Performance expectations:
HS-ESS1-1, HS-ESS1-3, HS-ETS1-4, ESS1.A, PS3.D, ETS1.B

Disciplinary Core Ideas:
ESS1.A, PS3.D, ETS1.B

Crosscutting Concepts:
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity; Energy and Matter; Systems and System Models

Lost in Space

Subject:
 Mathetmatics

Gr Level:
 11-12

Activity Time:
 5 periods, 50 minutes each

NGSS Topic(s):
 Engineering Design

CCSS Topic(s):
 Modelling with Geometry, Number and Quantity

Description:
 Students will apply knowledge of volume and surface area to create a testable scale model of a habitation for survival on an alien planet.

Scan:
 Modeled fragments are scanned, resized and combined in 3D modeling software. Once 3D printed, prototypes are tested against different environmental conditions, with several prototype iterations tweaked, printed, and tested.

Performance expectations:
 HS-ETS1-R, CSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.MG.A.A, CSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSN.Q.A.2, ETS1.B, ETS1.C

Disciplinary Core Ideas:
 ETS1.B, ETS1.C

Crosscutting Concepts:
 Systems and System Models; MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively

Exploring the Properties of Matter

Subject:
 Practical Sciences

Gr Level:
 5

Activity Time:
 90 Minutes

NGSS Topic(s):
 Matter and its Interactions

CCSS Topic(s):
 N/A

Description:
 Students will use a 3D scanner to measure and explain physical properties of matter.

Scan:
 Students experiment with adjusting environmental conditions for 3D scanning different materials, using their observations of the resulting point clouds to construct explanations and draw conclusions. They work together to think of solutions towards obtaining better scans.

Performance expectations:
 HS-5-PS1.3

Disciplinary Core Ideas:
 PS1.A

Crosscutting Concepts:
 Scale, Proportion, Quantity; MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively

Secrets in Skulls

Subject:
 Life Science

Gr Level:
 9-12

Activity Time:
 6 periods, 50 minutes each

NGSS Topic(s):
 Structure and Function; Inheritance and Variation of Traits; Natural Selection and Evolution

CCSS Topic(s):
 N/A

Description:
 Students will use modeling, 3D scanning and printing to communicate the ancestral and derived characters that illustrate the evolutionary history of humans.

Scan:
 Skulls are modeled in clay, then scanned for easy in-software comparison with other skulls as part of a Think-Scan-Share formative assessment. 3D scanning allows students to discuss, defend, and opt whether to accept or modify their modelling in discussion with peers.

Performance expectations:
 HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS-ETS1-4

Disciplinary Core Ideas:
LS4.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C

Crosscutting Concepts:
 Cause and Effect; Patterns; Systems and System Models

The Art of Plate Tectonics

Subject:
 STEAM

Gr Level:
 11-12

Activity Time:
 5 periods, 50 minutes each

NGSS Topic(s):
 Earth’s Systems

CCSS Topic(s):
 Number and Quantity

Description:
 Students model the processes that shape continental and ocean floor features and build a scale model of Earth’s plates.

Scan:
 Students will use mathematics and computational thinking to develop and use a scale model. They are then equipped to argue from evidence regarding the strengths and differences between handcrafted, 3D printed, and digital modelling methodologies.

Performance expectations:
 HS-ESS2-1, HS-ESS2-3

Disciplinary Core Ideas:
ESS2.A; ESS2.B; PS4.A

Crosscutting Concepts:
 Energy and Matter; Stability and Change; Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology

What Lies Beneath

Subject:
 English and Language Arts

Gr Level:
 9-12

Activity Time:
 5 periods, 50 minutes each

NGSS Topic(s):
 N/A

CCSS Topic(s):
 English Language Arts Standards

Description:
 Students will use project-based learning to explore the nature of satire and practice expository writing.

Scan:
 3D scanning technology facilitates design thinking as students model literary devices and communicate and evaluate the work of their peers.

Performance expectations:
 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9.10.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11.12.1.D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9.10.9

Disciplinary Core Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.5

Crosscutting Concepts:
 Systems and System Models; Speaking and Listening

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