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Credit Card Debt

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 4
Description: Students consider the benefits and tradeoffs of using credit and learn about the role interest plays in using credit cards. Then, they create an equation that describes the length of time it takes to pay off a debt.
• Math
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• IT
• 9–12
Level: 4
Working in groups, students will select a city and then use U.S. government census data to develop an algebraic relationship between time and population size.
• Math
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Satellite Telemetry

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 4
Students will explore how satellites send images from telescopes in space, which we can access on Earth via the Internet.
• Technology
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Synthetic Properties

• IT
• Manufacturing
• 9–12
Level: 4
In this activity, students will compare samples of monomers and polymers in powder and thread form (sugar/cotton candy and cotton flock/cotton balls).
• Science
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Stacking Cups

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 3
Students will work in small groups to stack Solo cups vs. Styrofoam cups to see how many of each it takes for the two stacks to be equal. Students will then derive a system of linear equations to model the scenario of the two stacks of cups.
• Math
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3D Printing Robots

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 3
Students will investigate the application of 3D printing to space technology.
• Math
• Science
• Technology
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City Life

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 3
Students will create a case study to demonstrate how to incorporate smart city technology into an assigned city.
• Technology
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Crack the Code

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 3
Students will design one or more unique levels of a maze game using a free online coding program.
• Technology
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Cyber Security

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 3
Students will investigate the technological application of quantum effects in cyber security.
• Engineering
• Technology
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Explore 3D Design

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 3
Students will use geometric shapes to design a unique three-dimensional object that has an everyday use.
• Technology
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How a Ball Falls

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 3
In this activity, students work in teams to develop a method for creating a mathematical model of the path of a ball. The teams measure the height from which a ball is thrown, and the time taken for the ball to reach the ground.
• Technology
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Market Research and Design

• IT
• Manufacturing
• 9–12
Level: 3
In this lesson, students will work in teams to design a pair of headphones specifically for children under three.
• Engineering
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Pixel Art

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 3
Students work together to build an algorithm for drawing a pixel picture using coordinate directions and color assignments on graph paper. Then, students follow the algorithms of other groups to create the images on a larger scale with post-it notes.
• Math
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AI

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 2
Students will investigate and categorize types of artificial intelligence to determine a protocol for the Turing Test.
• Engineering
• Technology
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Biomes and Biomimicry

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 2
In this activity, students will work in teams and use the approach of biomimicry to build an Adaptation Station that will enhance life for humans living in a specific environment.
• Science
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Design All Around Us

• IT
• 9–12
Level: 2
Students will “mash up” an assigned product with one design influence from nature and present the product design to their peers using a free CAD software (such as Google Sketch).
• Engineering
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• IT