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# TryEngineering Together Middle School -

Standards Alignment (for Each Unit)

Unit | Description | Subject Focus | Standards |
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Unit 1: Getting Started with TryEngineering Together | Students are introduced to the program and to their eMentors. Focus is on ELA, SEL, ISTE standards rather than specific content standards. | ELA | Focus is on ELA standards. |

Alternative Energy | Students design an anemometer using every day materials. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes. * MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. * MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. * MS-ETS1-4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved. |

Artificial Intelligence | Students design a list of instructions that a computer can use to win tic-tac-toe games. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Bridges | Students work in teams to design and test a bridge. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. * MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. |

Cybersecurity | Students will create and text strong passwords. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. * MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. Computer Science Standards (CSTA) * 2-NI-05. Cybersecurity 7.2: Explain how physical and digital security measures protect electronic information. * 2-NI-06. Cybersecurity 4.4: Apply multiple methods of encryption to model the secure transmission of information. |

Deep Sea | Students will build a submarine and "drive" it to a specific place in a water bottle. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Design Process for Inventing | Students identify a challenge and then plan an invention to address the challenge. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. * MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. |

Drones | Students will design a drone to carry out a specific mission. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Electricity | Students design a battery using everyday materials such as a lemon, a potato, or a cup of salt water. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-PS2-3. Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces. * MS-PS2-5. Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact. * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Energy from the Sun | Students work in teams to design a solar oven. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-PS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer. * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Engineering Is Everywhere | Students work in teams to engineer the tallest tower they can build to support a small ball, using just straws, pipe cleaners, and paperclips. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Engineering Careers | Students will design a package that will safely ship a single chip through a simulated mail journey. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Human Space Flight | Students will design a rocket, aimed at a target, that will travel the greatest distance possible. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Matter Matters | Students will work in teams to create slime that has specific properties. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Protecting Wildlife | Students will design a model of a wildlife overpass that allows wildlife to safely cross a dangerous road. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Robotics | Students will work in teams to design a robot that solves a problem, by choosing sensors provided by their teachers. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

Slime | Students design a slime recipe with the look and feel that they want. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-PS1-3: Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. * MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

STEM through Hobbies | Students will design a spinning top using everyday materials. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. * MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. |

Telescopes | Students design a simple telescope using everyday materials. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. * MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. |

The Facts about COVID-19 | Students will design a plan to help people in their community during a pandemic, such as COVID-19. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. National Health Education Standards * Standard 1. Describe ways in which safe and healthy school and community environments can promote personal health. * Standard 7. Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks. |

The Future of Cars ... Is Now! | Students will design a car to meet a specific need. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. |

The Science of Data | Students will work in teams to design a data visualization that represents a set of data. | Science | Next Generation Science Standards * MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. * MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. * MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. |

Reflection | There is no focus article or hands-on activity in this unit. As the last unit of the year, students will reflect upon their correspondence and learning. | ELA | Focus is on ELA standards. |