EDU 510: (2 credits) Feb. – March, 2021 Instructor Michael Jaeger

Middle and High School Science  STEM teachers often are confronted   with content as presented by discipline-specific text books. Context and broader STEM applications are poorly organized in most traditional published curricula. The purpose of this workshop/course is to contextualize STEM content in the areas of energy production, transformation and efficiency. By using actual real world historical problems, engineering applications, and current issues, teachers will be able to relate content and theory to things that actually matter!

The course covers three basic areas in STEM: Theory, applications, and implications of electromagnetic interactions, refraction and reflection, and electrochemistry. Teachers will be introduced to a STEM context (historical narrative, engineering problem, current issue), be guided through a variety of experiences, explorations and discussions, and then encouraged to plan instruction for their own students.

This course is offered online through use of CANVAS and Zoom and is appropriate for middle and high school science and CTE teachers.

Key activities:


Teachers will engage in the following sequence of activities:

• Join the problem of the hidden bullet (Assassination Story)

• Build a Metal Detector

• Learn Science Content: Electromagnetism and the transformer effect.

• Explore an Engineering Challenge by Making a Joule Thief or Phonograph

• Apply Mathematics by computing ratios of conservation of energy in transformation and efficiency

• Understand and apply Technology using transformer power supplies

• See Career Connections in Electronics, electrician, electrical engineer

• Connect to NGSS standards: Energy transfer, physical laws and systems, metals, electricity


Teachers will engage in the following sequence of activities:

• Join the problem of Defending Syracuse and Finding Amanicules stories

• Explore redirecting light with building a parabolic mirror and Directing light with a jello lens, and using a glass convex lens to show an image

• Review science content of Refraction and Reflection

• Explore an Engineering Challenge: Cell Phone microscope!

• Apply the Mathematics in the Geometry of light rays and angles of refraction/reflection

• Practice Technology with the use and care of a laser pen

• Understand Applications of Solar electrical generation, optical equipment

• See careers in Manufacturing and medical arenas that have optical applications

• Connect with NGSS: Energy transfer, physical laws and systems, light


• Join the story Uncle Zeke and the leaky sink and the Statue of Liberty

• Explore Electromotive series and electrochemical reactions, Statue of Liberty, and others experiments

• Understand Science Content: Atomic structure, aqueous ions, chemistry of batteries, current, voltage and power

• Explore an Engineering Challenge: Designing a DIY battery (So many on web!)

• Mathematics: Understanding power, wattage and algebra to compute need.

• Technology: Use of a multimeter

• Understand Applications of Battery design, plating, corrosion

• See Careers in: Engineering, energy options, manufacturing

• Connect with NGSS: Energy transfer, physical laws and systems, chemistry


Grading will be pass/fail.  Requirements for a passing grade will be an adequate response on all activities, discussions, and data reports as well as a thorough plan for instruction designed in a way that comports with their school district requirements..

Students completing 60% of the course by term’s end will be marked incomplete and given an additional term to finish.

See the flyer at: Flyer 4