Why Take This Course?
This Middle School STEM course takes students on a grand STEM adventure learning about cells, biomolecules, engineering and more. Through hands-on projects, mind-blowing STEM insights, and an eye-opening odiferous field trip, students explore a central topic in the human experience, Food! Students will answer the questions, “What is edible garbage, and how can I have an impact on waste and want?,” and ultimately gain insight on the impact of their choices when it comes to sustaining a healthy body and planet.
Expedition: Edible Garbage
Students will help end hunger, by serving in one of the following ways: 1) serving food to those in need through a local organization 2) collecting cans and donating them to a food pantry 3) spending time as a volunteer in a public or church-based food pantry 4) or finding a shelter that accepts slightly outdated food and collecting food to donate. Our goal is for each student to donate 2 or more hours in service to the homeless and hungry. Students will upload their service pictures and a reflection paragraph to a discussion board, and some class time will be dedicated to storytelling about these experiences.
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|What does the rate of food decay, measured using the Scientific Method, tell us about processed foods & the Western Diet?||What is edible garbage and why do people go hungry in the presence of excess food?||How natural and sustainable is the Western diet?||What is DNA and how does it contribute to who I am?|
|What criteria must exist for something to be considered 'living'?||Why is there so much hunger in the world when we have more than enough food?||What are the major components of the Western Diet?||What is DNA and how are we affected by its manipulation in food and animals?|
|What is the purpose and what are the components of a cell?||What type of engineering is most effective when it comes to dealing with edible garbage and other waste?||What simple food rules will help me eat well and avoid ever-changing food trends?||What can I do about edible garbage?|
|What happens as food decays?||How does great engineering make the world a better place?||What are the roles of each of the 4 main biomolecules in the body?||What is right and wrong when it comes to the genetic modification of plants, animals and humans?|
|How can I give an excellent, informative presentation to my class?||What can I learn about engineering through a hands-on engineering experience?||Which food combinations and diets have stood the test of time and why?||How are genetic traits determined?|
|What more can we learn about the lack of decay in processed foods when we merge all our data together as a class?||How can I use engineering principles to have a great time completing my midterm project?||What is the effect on people, animals and the Earth of the heavy reliance on meat in the Western diet?||How did it feel to serve the hungry?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
|Peter Menzel, Faith D'Aluisio||What the World Eats||1582462461|
|Various||Readings Packet||N/A - Provided by WA|
- Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th
- Prerequisites: None
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: *Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
- Format: Live
- Credits: 0.5
*Help from parents will be necessary to complete some of these projects. All classes will include supplemental projects and optional readings.