Middle School Science Modules

Math and science curriculum materials are currently still being developed. Requests for curriculum materials will be held and fulfilled when applicable curriculum materials are finalized.

Grade Level: 6
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Earth Science - Data Visualization: "Molten Madness" - Lava Challenge Students engage as earth scientists to help a small town that is adjacent to a volcano develop evacuation plans in the event of an eruption. Students develop a procedure to determine how long it takes lava to flow across the landscape, modeling with dish soap. The students use a scale model to investigate lava flow rate. They iteratively use histograms and work together to develop a procedure that controls variables and reduces error. The module covers some basic concepts regarding volcanoes, lava, and igneous rock formation, seeding further exploration of GPS standards later in the semester or year. This module features the work of Georgia Institute of Technology Earth & Atmospheric Sciences faculty working with volcanoes. Monday, January 30, 2017 Request this Module
Earth Science - Data-Driven Decision Making: "Snow Day" - Winter Weather Challenge In this module students play the role of school officials and have to decide whether to close school or keep it open based on weather forecasts. They are introduced to weather concepts and terminology and forecasting basics while learning how to read and analyze forecasts from the National Weather Service. Students learn to search for trends in the forecasts to help them determine whether to keep school open or closed and to see how much confidence the meteorologists have in the forecast. As a data-driven decision making module, students will also find that they have more data then they need for making decisions about school closures. They will have to prioritize the content in order to determine what is most helpful for making their decisions. This module will feature Will Smith, Director of Emergency Preparedness for the Georgia Tech Police Department. He monitors weather conditions year-round for potential threats to the campus and communicates these conditions to the Georgia Tech community using multiple methods.   ** Pending Release Request this Module
Earth Science - Experimental Design: "Shake and Break" - Earthquake Challenge Students engage as earth scientists to help a company decide where to build its new cell manufacturing plant in northern California. Students map 10-year earthquake data to see if the sites have significant activity. Then, they map 40-year data to see a surprising change in the data set within their assigned region and across the larger region their classmates are mapping. Students learn the importance of looking at data over a long time and across a wide geographic area. They create visualizations of these data to make a recommendation to the company about the selected site. The module covers basic concepts of seismology, plate tectonics, earth’s structure, seeding further exploration of GPS standards later in the year. This module features Dr. Andrew Newman’s work in GT’s Earth & Atmospheric Sciences on earthquake forecasting through land deformation mapping. Monday, January 30, 2017 Request this Module
Grade Level: 7
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Life Science - Data Visualization: "Under the Sea" - Deep Sea Ecosystems Challenge Students engage as scientists to analyze images of corals to evaluate the health of deep sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  Students will learn different methods of quantifying data from images, in other words to change picture data into numerical data.  First, will view photos of deep water corals at different time stamps and locations and analyze them according to rubrics. Then, they will color-code the same photos of the corals and compare their analysis to the health score obtained from the rubric. Students will then choose one method of data visualization that best describes the recovery of the coral communities in the Gulf of Mexico.  The module helps students define and quantify data as well as differentiate between temporal and spatial data.   The module covers some basic concepts of ecosystems, abiotic and biotic factor, and benthic environments seeding further exploration of GPS standards later in the semester or year. This module features Dr. Annalisa Bracco and the ECOGIG team's work in the GT School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences on deep sea ecosystems. ** Pending Release Request this Module
Life Science - Data-Driven Decision Making: "Don't Wreck the Reef" - Coral Reef Challenge Students engage as biologists advising the government and citizens of Fiji on recent acceleration in the death of coral reefs around Fiji. Students investigate a model of the food web at the coral reef to generate and then project species population data. Students combine their knowledge of ecology with the economic needs of different regions in Fiji to make recommendations about fishing permits. The module covers some basic concepts of ecosystems, food web/chains, and predator prey relationships, seeding further exploration of GPS standards later in the semester or year. This module features Dr. Mark Hay’s work in the School of Biology on coral reef degradation. ** Pending Release Request this Module
Life Science - Experimental Design: "Oil Spill Drill" - Oil Spill Challenge Students engage as environmental engineers to develop a procedure that would remove the most amount of oil from the ocean in the shortest time possible in the event of a large-scale oil spill. The students use a scale model of an actual oil spill, test their procedure, share their data, generate histograms. The class works together to iteratively develop a procedure that controls variables and reduces error. The module covers some basic concepts on how human actions impact an ecosystem and different methods of reducing the damage of oil spills on the environment, seeding further exploration of GPS standards later in the semester or year. This module features Dr. Joel Kostka's work in the School of Biology and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and the work of Dr. Annalisa Bracco and the ECOGIG Research Consortium in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Monday, January 30, 2017 Request this Module
Grade Level: 8
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Physical Science - Data Visualization: "Riding the Concrete Wave" (Part I) - Helmet Challenge Students engage as crash-test scientists for the SkateTech company to test helmets for skateboarders. The students use a computer simulation to collect the data on helmet safety that will inform their recommendation on skateboarding safety. They present their data in tables, scatter plots and bar graphs to learn how visualizing and presenting the data in different ways can help illuminate the relationship between speed and kinetic energy. The module covers some basic concepts regarding energy, energy transfer and brain injuries in sports, seeding further exploration of GPS standards later in the semester or year.  Monday, January 30, 2017 Request this Module
Physical Science - Data-Driven Decision Making: "Riding the Concrete Wave" (Part II) - Skate Park Challenge Students engage as product reviewers for the SkateTech company’s website to craft a product review of various helmets for various abilities of skateboarders.  The students use computer simulations, data visualization, and computational skills to match a profiled skater to their best-fit helmet. Students use a Decision Grid (matrix) to weigh the multiple criteria necessary to make such a decision. Students work in teams to decipher their grids to make what is not always a clear-cut decision. The module covers some basic concepts regarding energy, energy transfer and brain injuries in sports, while mostly introducing and reinforcing the concept that good decisions are made on scientific evidence.  This module features the work of Dr. Michelle LaPlaca and Georgia Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering faculty investigating neurotrauma and traumatic brain injuries. ** Pending Release Request this Module
Physical Science - Experimental Design: "Ocean Blizzard" - Marine Snow Challenge Students engage as environmental engineers to develop a procedure that determines how to predict where oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill landed at the bottom of the ocean.  Oil combined with algae and other marine particles form “dust bunnies” of the ocean or marine snow. The falling marine snow provides nutrition for deep water organisms but also transports oil to the deep water corals.  Therefore,it is important to be able to predict where the marine snow is falling to be able to determine which coral ecosystems may have been damaged from the spill.  In order to make this prediction, students will have to develop a consistent method to measure how objects fall through a fluid.  The students use will develop a model of this phenomenon, test their procedure, share their data, and generate histograms. The class works together to iteratively develop a procedure that controls variables and reduces error. The module covers some basic concepts of density, velocity, and the movement of particles in fluids seeding further exploration of GSE standards later in the semester or year. This module features the work of Dr. Annalisa Bracco and the ECOGIG team from the GT School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.  ** Pending Release Request this Module