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Free STEM Lesson Plans

STEM is an approach to educating students in four specific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and applied way.  Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a coordinated curriculum based on real-world applications and hands-on student participation.

NanoSonic, Leidos Inc., and STEM teachers in Giles County, VA, have worked with support from the U.S. Department of Transportation through a “Small Business Innovative Research” (SBIR) program to develop these lesson plans.  The lessons may be used as stand-alone projects or several of them may be taught in sequence during a semester-long after-school STEM program.  Many of the lessons require small parts and supplies that you may already have in the classroom or at home.  Others use commercially available science supplies and kits that can be purchased on-line.

The lessons use advanced transportation systems as a central theme, in part because transportation involves many of the subjects of greatest student interest in STEM programs – robotics, coding, math, electronics and communication systems.  Several of the lessons combine activities in these areas to demonstrate “Intelligent Transportation Systems,” (ITS), “Connected Vehicles,” (CV), and “Automated Vehicles” (AV).  Most of the lessons emphasize hands-on student activities and learning through experimentation.

If you have questions about the lessons, the SBIR program, or NanoSonic, please email us at STEM@nanosonic.com

Introductory Lesson Plans for Middle School Students

Hands-on student experiments to determine reaction time; calculations of reaction time; playing on-line reaction time video games

 Physics and Reaction Time Lesson Plan

 Physics and Reaction Time Laboratory Worksheet

Hands-on student experiment to measure stopping distance using model vehicles on a ramp that simulates different roadway conditions

Stopping Distance and Crash Avoidance Lesson Plan

Stopping Distance and Crash Avoidance Laboratory Worksheet

Hallway experiment to demonstrate traffic congestion; online computer traffic games; YouTube videos

Traffic Congestion Lesson Plan

Introduces students to the basic ideas of how vehicles can be interconnected to each other and transportation infrastructure. Hands-on programming with Sphero suggested to demonstrate connected vehicle (CV) ideas.

Connected Vehicle Lesson Plan

Connected Vehicle Sphero Programming Activity

Learn Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solutions through performing a safety audit of the school and surrounding areas

School Zone Safety Audit Lesson Plan

Introductory Lesson Plans for High School Students

Hands-on student experiments to determine reaction time; calculations of reaction time; playing on-line reaction time video games

 Physics and Reaction Time Lesson Plan

 Physics and Reaction Time Laboratory Worksheet

Hands-on student experiment to measure stopping distance using model vehicles on a ramp that simulates different roadway conditions

 Stopping Distance and Crash Avoidance Lesson Plan

 Stopping Distance and Crash Avoidance Laboratory Worksheet

Hands-on programming with Sphero suggested to demonstrate connected vehicle (CV) ideas.

Connected Vehicles Lesson Plan

Connected Vehicles – Sphero Programming

Learn Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solutions through performing a safety audit of the school and surrounding area

School Zone Safety Audit Lesson Plan

Traffic Signal Design Lesson Plan

Traffic Signal Design Arduino Laboratory Exercise

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