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Sustainable Methods


This course is a general introduction to sustainability and renewable energy. Often as individuals we do not understand the impact of simple choices we make every day. This course will attempt to offer insight into these and other decisions we make. Major topics in this STEM based course are food, shelter, water, air, energy, waste, transportation and consumerism. Also included will be a study of the “101 things we all need to know.” The investigation of these topics will be at the global, national, local and personal levels.
Curriculum Link: Author: The STEM Academy

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

Students will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • The characteristics, scope, and core concepts of technology, the relationships among technologies and its connection to other fields of study, as well as technology’s cultural, social, economic, and political effects.
  • The effects of technology on the environment, the role of society in developing and using technology, and the influence of technology on history.
  • The attributes of design, engineering design, and the role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.

Students will be able to:

  • Apply the design process, use and maintain technological products and systems, and assess the impact of products and systems.
  • Select and use medical technologies, agricultural and related biotechnologies, energy and power technologies, information and communication technologies, transportation technologies, manufacturing technologies and construction technologies.

Description of Activities

  • Students will be introduced to sustainable design.
  • Students will apply theories related to energy, water, air, climate, food, the built environment, transportation, waste, electricity, designing rotor blades, turbine control systems, solar energy, and fuel cell technology.
  • Students will gather data at a proposed wind energy site, and will design and evaluate a wind energy system for their home.

Instructional Materials Needed

Teacher access to the internet assures access to all course materials and the Learning Management System. Much of the content is facilitated if students have access to web-enabled devices.

Instructional Materials Provided

Complete lesson plans and materials, training, internet accessible learning management system.

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Additional criteria

Cost: Curriculum access unlimited per site. Project resources are provided to support the qualified number of students per class size. Contact The Stem Academy for cost estimates.

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject area: Career-Technical Education

States' Career Clusters: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Architecture & Construction; Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

California Industry sector(s): Transportation; Engineering and Architecture; Building and Construction Trades; Agriculture and Natural Resources

Duration: 180 hours

Grade Target: 11

Level of Expertise for CTE: Concentration/Skill building

Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided

Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TRAINING REQUIRED Other training available, including 4-day orientation training for instructors, career counselors and administrators. Summer 4-day Stem Instructor Training Boot Camp available for lead instructors. Online STEM Instructor Mentor Program also available.

Source: Organization/Publisher-developed

Organization/Publisher: STEM Academy

Usage Restrictions: Must contract with STEM Academy in order to use curriculum.

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