PostedSunday, October 30, 2016 at 11:57 AM
Save the Sea Birds is set in the context of the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. Students are asked to dream up an invention that would make sure oil spills never happen in the Gulf (or anywhere around the world) again.
Since most crude oil is used for transportation, the best solution is to use another source of energy for moving people and things around the world. Students learn about electricity, solar energy, solar panels, motors, gears, and how to use all these to create solar-powered mass transportation. They design and build a vehicle that pulls plaster-filled plastic eggs, to remind them that solar-powered vehicles Save the Sea Birds.
Save the Sea Birds is multi-disciplinary, and embeds so many different social, political, environmental, scientific, and technological issues.
All instructions for planning and preparing for these lesson are included in the curriculum. Alternatively, kits of materials can be purchased from STEM Teaching Kits (www.stemteachingkits.com)
This curriculum is tried-and-true. It was published in The Science Teacher magazine during the summer of 2016, and has been used across the country in too many classrooms to count. Kids love it, teachers love it, and it teaches both science AND engineering.