PostedSunday, October 30, 2016 at 11:48 AM
This STEM Teaching Kit is designed to help middle grades students with science concepts related to heat and energy as well as teach them the basics of engineering design. They come away with a sense of how engineers are people who design solutions to problems.
Save the Penguins challenges students to investigate the impacts of climate change. As the Earth warms and ice melts, penguins lose habitat. Penguins need to stay cool in a warming world. Energy efficient houses that minimize unnecessary heat transfer will draw less electricity from the fossil fuel burning power plants and not contribute as much to global warming. Students test materials and use the results to design and build and test a dwelling for a penguin shaped ice cube, who represents our need to stay cool in a warming world.
All lesson plans are included in this resource available at http://www.auburn.edu/~cgs0013/ETK/SaveThePenguinsETK.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
Save the Penguins is an all-time favorite. It's been written up in Science Scope magazine, and included in two NSTA Press books. It's being used in over 30 states, and many countries. Kids love it, teachers love it, and it really teaches both science AND engineering. It's been used in several research studies, and was part of a large grant from NSF to fund afterschool programs in rural Virginia.