• EcoDetectives

     Grade 6

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    Program Description
    Have you ever seen the Earth at night from Space? The sparkling lights punctuating urban areas seem so beautiful from this perspective. However, how about from the perspective of migrating birds who get confused by artificial lights and never reach their destination? How about from the perspective of humans whose natural sleep cycles are disrupted, leaving them at higher risk of developing certain diseases? Come explore these claims, and work as engineers to develop solutions. Become EcoDetectives, working in teams to design and build effective lighting which maximizes light where needed while minimizing the amount of light lost into the sky. Discover how re-engineering lighting systems can also save energy and money! (Planetarium Program)


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    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

    MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

    MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

    MS-ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Asking Questions and Defining Problems
    Analyzing and Interpreting Data
    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions
    ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution
    ESS3.C Human Impact on Earth’s Systems

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Influence of Engineering, Technology, and Science on Society and the Natural World
    Cause and Effect

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
    WHST.6-8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
    MP1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    MP2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    MP4. Model with mathematics
    MP5. Use appropriate tools strategically.