STEM Projects for High School

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Responding to the demand for expanded STEM education among employers and governments alike, we can have our students take part in various STEM projects. Check out these ideas.

High School STEM Projects

There's an increasing emphasis on so-called STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering, mathematics. As countries, employers, and schools push to improve our STEM education, it is important to respond appropriately. One way to respond to this is through interdisciplinary projects that combine all of the stem subjects. There are many ways to design such a project. Here are a few for you to consider using in your classroom.

Water Quality Survey

One of the challenges for STEM projects is finding a way to include multiple sciences, particularly biology. One way to do that is by involving students in a water quality survey. This is a project where students collect data about a particular nearby river or lake using underwater robots they build and design themselves. The robots will collect information about the water temperature, turbidity, dissolved minerals, pH, and more. This involves mounting sensors on underwater robots with propellers to maneuver. Students can design these robots from scratch, or use special underwater robot kits available for just such a project.

The robots can be designed and built by people studying technology and engineering. The specifications can be determined using mathematics. The data can be analyzed by chemists and biologists, and the implications for the body of water can be researched and discussed. Physicists can even get involved measuring the water flow rate, and other variables. Through this project a wide variety of STEM subjects and topics can be explored.

Racing Project

This project involves having students create vehicles that they can race with one another. These can be remote-controlled cars, boats with propellers, submarines, or even helicopters. Whichever kind of racing project you choose, there is a role for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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