The following projects were created by UTeach PBI students following content guidelines of either the second or fifth 6th weeks of the Austin Independent School District's scope and sequence for middle school Math &/or Science.***Space Probe: In this unit, meant for an eighth grade science class, students will explore topics relating to our Solar System. The students will learn about Earth's seasons, the sun, atmosphere, magnetic field, heat, the mass of planets ,ellipses, angle of incidence, and more.
*** Car Crash Physics: Our project is designed for an
8th grade science classroom. Our objectives are to teach the students
about automobile safety and how safe cars prevent people from getting hurt in
car collisions. We want the students to learn in a hands-on way about
Newton's laws, collisions, momentum, model building, presentation skills,
history of science, linear mathematics, group skills, and so much more.
The students will be engaged with in-class activities for the first 3 weeks of
the project and in the final 2 weeks they will be given a chance to design,
build, test, and present a model "car" that will go down a ramp and
slam into a wall. Their goal is to keep an egg from cracking inside of
the car by creating the inside and the outside of the car as safe as possible.
*** Insect House Design: Our Insect House Design project
based unit is geared for the 8th grade Math classroom. Students will
explore concepts like ratios, proportions, scale factor, transformations and
dilations while designing a living space for their favorite insect.
Students will create blueprint drawings of varying scale, views and
dimensions, in addition to constructing a final three dimensional model of
their vision. The project is enriched by a trip to the zoo and a guest
speaker (a local architect) presentation. Students will keep a portfolio
throughout the unit which will hold all of their project artifacts. The
unit will end with student presentations discussing their final product and
design process. Finally, a unit test will be given which will assess all
of the mathematical concepts learned.
*** The "Mission Possible: Plan a Rockin' Class Party on a Budget": This 16-day project covers adding and subtracting fractions and decimals within the realistic context of planning a class party. During the project, students will learn how to work within the constraints of a budget and scale up recipes to accommodate a specific party size. At the end, students will submit a detailed proposal that includes an itemized budget, models of portion size, and scaled up recipes. Once all proposals have been submitted and presented, the class (including their parents) will vote on a winning proposal that will actually be implemented at the end of the semester.
*** Best All-Around Athlete: This project creates a real world
environment with student-produced data that will require mathematical
operations containing percentages, decimal numbers and fractions. Students will collaborate to design scored
activities, calculate results based on the data collected, and analyze the
problem to develop a model that provides a logical solution to determining an
overall high score.