9th – 12th Grades

Essential for preparing students for the challenges ahead, the high school years are imperative in building skills and solidifying concepts students will need when they transition to either higher education or the work force. No longer is simply knowing the material enough for students to thrive in the world, they must now be able to work with people from various backgrounds, solve the difficult problems that don’t have just one correct answer, and adapt to a rapidly-changing environment.

To this end, our high school curriculum is focused on developing 21st century skills by tackling real-world problems. Integrating multiple STEM disciplines into individual lesson plans, our interdisciplinary curriculum encourages students to think beyond the confines of the classroom. Additionally, we are proud to offer comprehensive curriculum tracks which investigate Macromolecules as well as DNA and genetics. Learn more about this and the rest of our high school STEM curriculum below.

MATH

Algebra

Build and solve problems kinesthetically by combining our Number and Operator Coins Kit with our Alphabet Coins Kit to investigate single- or multi-variable equations. Then, use our Graphing Kit to graph and evaluate functions.

CORE CONCEPTS:

Interpret and write expressions to solve problems. Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials and use polynomial identities to solve problems. Create equations that describe numbers or relationships. Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning. Solve equations and inequalities with one variable, as well as systems of equations. Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically. Rewrite rational functions and perform arithmetic operations on such.

Functions

A great place to integrate physics, investigate the motion generated from our Ball Bearing Catapult, Hoverpuck, or Rockets Kits and compare the data to determine the function to best describe each projectile. Alternatively, utilize our Slope Kit to determine the function of the object within the box. Finally, graph your findings with our Stacking Blocks or Graphing Kits. The possibilities for integrated STEM learning are endless!

CORE CONCEPTS:

Understand, build, interpret, and analyze functions using various representations to determine relationships between quantities. Construct and compare linear and exponential models to solve problems and interpret those within the context of the situation they model. Model periodic phenomena with trigonometric functions. Prove and apply trigonometric identities.

Geometry

Whether teaching students about finding arc lengths with our Partitioning Circles Kit, exploring volume formulas with our Density Shapes Kit, or proving the functions generated by slicing cones with our Sliced Geometric Primitives Kits, we offer a wide selection of kits useful for high school geometry. Perfect for STEM and STEAM integration, many of our geometry kits are cross-curricular. Integrate art with our Pantograph Kits with which students can draw similar shapes simultaneously, and challenge them to explore the mathematics behind such transformations. Then, get out of the classroom with our Parallax, Gliders, and Clinometer Kits, where students can utilize Trig to calculate elevation, distance, and the functions the planes created on their flight paths!

CORE CONCEPTS:

Understand congruence in terms of rigid motions and prove geometric theorems. Make geometric constructions. Understand similarity in terms of similarity transformations and prove theorems involving similarity. Define trigonometric ratios and solve problems involving triangles. Understand and apply theorems about circles, including finding arc lengths and areas of sectors and circles. Visualize relationships between two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects including conic sections. Use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically and use volume formulas to solve problems.

Statistics & Probability

Building upon our comprehensive middle school statistics curriculum, our high school selection of lesson plans continue establishing sound statistical practices, all while focusing on STEM integration. Break out of the norm by generating data using one of our fun projectile motion kits such as our Ball Bearing Catapult Kit or integrate life and earth science concepts while exploring sampling methodologies using quadrats and ocean floor topographies. Compare sample populations with our Camarhynchus Finch Kit, which features two related species of Darwin’s finches or test expected versus actual outcomes with our Punnett Square Dice Kit. Finally, challenge students with real-world problems and let them determine the best way to approach, sample, and test their hypothesis using our Probability Kit.

CORE CONCEPTS:

Summarize, represent, and interpret data on multiple categorical and quantitative variables. Understand and evaluate random processes underlying statistical experiments. Interpret models, make inferences, and justify conclusions from surveys, experiments, and observational studies. Understand independence and conditional probability and use them to interpret data. Compute probabilities of compound events. Calculate expected values and use them to evaluate outcomes of decisions and to solve problems.

SCIENCE

Computer Science

In an ever-more-technical world, the demand for individuals with computer science knowledge is rapidly increasing. No matter what grade you start introducing students to computer science and coding, there are essential kits that build the foundation of computer science to help along the way. From our Binary Conversion Kit, which introduces students to how computers communicate, alternate number systems, and magnetism, to our Logic Gate and Flow Chart Stencils, which help students plan out their code on paper before getting caught up in the coding language, we are proud to provide these stepping stones. Moreover, we are developing intentionally interdisciplinary lesson plans which integrate cross-curricular themes from math and science fields, such as by using coding to explore the phases of the moon with our Moon Stages Kit.

CORE CONCEPTS:

Differentiate between multiple levels of hardware and software. Explore human/computer interactions and artificial intelligence, including measurements of machine intelligence. Utilize computational thinking to solve real-world problems in science and engineering. Create or modify simulations, models, and algorithms to solve questions individually and collaboratively. Design and implement a simulation algorithms to analyze, represent, and understand natural phenomena. Recognize that more than one algorithm can solve a given problem and select the optimal algorithm based on given criteria. Systematically test and identify logical errors in algorithms. Problem-solve using iterative development and debugging. Investigate the benefits and shortcomings of automated software testing. Create, modify, and use databases and evaluate various data types and data structures. Understand the responsible use of technology and information as well as the impact of computing resources on local and global society. Identify key elements of security, privacy, intellectual property, and copyright.

Earth & Space Science

Whether you’re looking beyond our atmosphere, or right here at home, our plethora of Earth and space science kits will provide an easy-to-understand backdrop for the complex and larger-than-life topics covered in this category. Dive beneath the Earth’s surface to discover the geoscientific processes and layers that control the surface features with our Earth Layers and Ocean Topography Mapping Kits or discover the vastness of the Solar System with our to-scale models that include the planets, their rings, and Earth’s moon. Then, look into the human impact on the world with our Planetary Temperatures Kit, and Urban Ecology Kit, which explore global warming and wildlife-friendly urban environments respectively.

CORE CONCEPTS:

Predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system. Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics. Illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. Describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection based on the Earth’s interior. Describe the carbon cycle. Discuss the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth. Investigate climate change and use evidence to forecast the rate of global or regional climate change. Discuss how the availability of natural resources, natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources for sustainability while considering cost-benefit ratios.

Life Science

From macromolecules and protein synthesis to hominid skulls and Darwin’s finches, we provide a comprehensive collection of high school life science kits. Get out the calipers and measure scale replicas of rare specimens so students can see, feel, and examine the evolution of species, all while reinforcing graphing and other math concepts. Then, dive deep into the processes that dictate genetics, mutations, and biodiversity with our Karyotypes, DNA, and Chromosomes Kit. We’ve developed a lot of lessons to help nail down these concepts, with over eight lesson plans written for our DNA Kit alone. In fact, we offer a comprehensive curriculum unit on Genetics and DNA and another on Macromolecules. Learn more about these curriculum tracks and the kits included therein on our

CORE CONCEPTS:

Understand protein synthesis and the role of proteins within the life system. Illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems within multicellular organisms. Understand photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and the cycling of matter, specifically carbon. Begin to identify the combination of elements which form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems. Understand the role of cellular division, DNA, and chromosomes in producing and maintaining complex organisms with offspring that inherit characteristics from their parents. Investigate genetic variations and apply statistics and probability to explain distribution of traits in a population. Provide evidence of biological evolution and understand the contributing factors in evolution, including natural selection and environmental changes.

Physical Science

Launch, zip, or roll into STEM fun with our hands-on physics kits. Calculate acceleration with our Wide Meter Stick Ramp and Hoverpuck Kits or launch into learning with our Rockets and Catapult Kits. Then, have your students test out their engineering skills with our Dropsonde Kit as they design the perfect parachute. Cross disciplines with our Nuclear Decay Kit and explore volume while discussing radioactive decay, or branch into earth science while discussing non-contact forces with our Gravity, Mass, and Distance Kit. Run pipe simulations and solve real-world problems with our open-ended kits such as our New York Balance and Marble Tracks Kits.

CORE CONCEPTS:

Become familiar with the periodic table and develop greater understanding of atoms including during fission, fusion, and radioactive decay. Explore chemical reactions and the effect heat has on such. Realize the conservation of atoms and mass during chemical reactions. Investigate Newton’s second law of motion while exploring momentum and acceleration. Understand gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects. Design, evaluate, and refine devices that minimize the force on a macroscopic object during a collision and that convert one form of energy to another form of energy. Investigate the second law of thermodynamics. Use mathematical representations to realize relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves.

Some of the kits referenced and/or shown here are currently in development and will be added to the library of available kits soon.

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