Modules

All modules address a specific Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) performance expectation, as well as allow students to experience the process of science.

General Schedule for 2nd-5th Modules:

  • Observe a Phenomena
  • Generate Variables
  • Design an Experiment
  • Carryout Experiment
  • Analyze Data/Draw Conclusions
  • Present Results via Poster Presentation Session
  • Tie to Standards
2nd Grade 5th Grade
3rd Grade 7th Grade
4th Grade 8th Grade
SciTrek Inspired Lessons by Classroom Teachers

 

Online orientations are avaible for modules. To get access to these orientation e-mail scitrekadmin@chem.ucsb.edu.

2nd Grade

Module 1: Soil Water Retention

In the Soil Water Retention Module students learn about what variables affect the amount of water a soil can absorb. They explore variables such as soil compactness, liquid amount, liquid thickness, soil amount and soil type. Students relate their findings back to landslides and then look at how engineers design solutions to prevent landslides. (2-ESS2-1)

Module 2: Plants

In the Plants Module students grow "fast plants" and learn about what variables affect plant growth. They explore variables such as soil type, liquid amount, nutrient type, and light amount. In this module students work on graphing skills. (2-LS2-1)

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3rd Grade

Module 1: Mealworms

In the Mealworms Module students learn about mealworms habitats. Students explore variables such as moisture level, food type, bedding, and light amount to determine which direction mealworms travel. Once they learn about a mealworms habitat the explore what happens to a species when their habitat changes. (3-LS4-3).

Module 2: Motion

In the Motion Module students role balls down ramps and learn about what variables affect ball motion. They explore variables such as run material, ball mass, ball circumference, ramp length, run length, and ramp height. They use these studies to predict ball motion. In this module students work with fractions. (3-PS2-2)

          

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4th Grade

Module 1: Respiration

In the Respiration Module students are given bottles with blue solution in which they can change the contents and conditions of the bottles. When the bottles sit for 24 hours some of the bottles change to yellow. Students explore what makes the bottles change color. Students explore variables such as aquatic animal type, plant type, and light amount. The results of their finding show that the presence of CO2 is the cause of the color change. They use this to learn about respiration in plants and animals as well as photosynthesis. In addition they explore how CO2 levels are changing in the environment. (4-LS1-1).

Module 2: Wind Turbines

In the Wind Turbine Module students explore how changing a wind turbine affect the amount of current the wind turbine produces. They explore variables such as blade materials, blade angle, turbine angle, amount of weights, run material, ball mass, and number of blades. They use the class results to engineer the wind turbine the produces the most current. In addition students explore types of energy and how energy is transferred. (4-PS3-4)

          
                                 

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5th Grade

Module 1: Shadows

In the Shadows Module students learn about shadows length and width. They explore variables such as light color, light height, light distance, object height, object length, and object width. They then apply these finding to predicting the shadows the sun make both in the winter and in the summer. (5-ESS1-2)

Module 2: Chromatography

          
                                 

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7th Grade

 

Module 1: Best Bread Company

In the Best Bread module, students investigate how to optimize yeast activation and growth using a given protocol of collecting CO2.   CO2 is produced through cellular respiration in plants and animals -- a chemical reactions with oxygen to release stored energy.  This module focuses on the best way to optimize CO2 using these variables; sugar amount, sugar type, stir speed, water bath temperature, salinity, and acidity/alkalinity. 

Module 2: Conservation of Mass

In the Conservation of Mass module, students will explore how chemical reactions affect mass by performing several different types of reactions. Near the end of the module, the students are tasked with an engineering problem where they need to create a closed system to contain all the gas created in the final reaction. The main goal is to have the students realize that gasses, either as reactants or products, should be considered when they are evaluating whether the total mass is conserved. The students are guided in a discussion about open and closed systems and how gasses must be included when considering conservation of mass. 

          
                                 
 

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8th Grade

 

 

Module 1: Waves

Module 2: Evolving Germs 

In the Germs module, students explore the differences between types of bacteria.  Students can manipulate the environment of these organisms to see how the variables they introduce affect the growth.   In this module, the students observe that an antibacterial kills bacteria but not fungi, and an antifungal kills a fungus and not bacteria.  The specific types of organisms used are E.coli and Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. Students are taught how to plate the organisms on agar.  

          
                                 
 

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SciTrek Inspired Lessons by Classroom Teachers

1st Grade

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4th Grade

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