PostedSunday, October 30, 2016 at 12:23 PM
Save the Ferrets asks students to engage with electricity to learn about capacitors and alternate ways to produce electricity in order to create a town that runs "off the grid."
Students learn about how power plants and power transmission wires disrupt natural environments, and how communities can generate and store their own electricity locally. Capacitors can be used to store electricity generated by wind, solar, and human-powered energy. This curriculum is truly STEM as it targets the scientific concepts of electrical charge and electric circuits, the technological concept of Computer Aided Design, the engineering concepts of problem solving and design under constraints, and the mathematical concepts of geometric shapes. How can we live in a world with endangered species such as the Black Footed Ferret in a way that protects them but serves our needs as well?
All lesson plans are included in this resource available at http://www.auburn.edu/~cgs0013/ETK/SaveTheFerretsETK.pdf
All instructions for preparing the materials are included, but a kit of materials can be purchased from STEM Teaching Kits at www.stemteachingkits.com