## Measuring and Drawing Trees

Students will engage with a two day project that integrates math, science, and art measuring and drawing trees. Using the learning landscape on or near your school campus, students will gain a new perspective on the size of trees around them as well as how they fit to scale with the world’s tallest trees. Students […]

## Lumber Yard Mathematics

There is a lot of lumber in Humboldt County — here are some images to ramp up number talks around some real world math.

## Amusement Ride Mathematics

The Sky Trail is a gondola ride through the redwood forests in Del Norte County, near Redwood National and State parks. As we waited in line to board, we were pondering Amusement Ride Mathematics. A few facts for consideration: Passengers are picked up every 2 minutes Each passenger pays, on average, \$10 for the ride […]

## Ecological Estimation

Ecological estimation is an important skill. It allows scientists to track population sizes, even when populations are quite large.

## Multiplication Arrays

The Lumberyard Use Multiplication Arrays to have your students calculate the number of boards in one stack, twelve stacks, and then estimate ALL BOARDS in the lumberyard using the video. Click image to download the worksheet. Extension: these are 2 ‘x 4′ x 12’ boards. How much are the stacks worth if each board is […]

## Electricity Basics

When we talk about electricity, we typically talk about three things: watts, volts and amps. These are universal units. Each one measures something different. Electricity basics for middle school is a two-day lesson which  introduces students to circuits, watts, volts, amps, and loads. Watts are a basic measure of power. Volts are the standard unit […]

## Basic Engineering Design Challenge

The basic engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers follow to come up with a solution to a problem. Many times the solution involves designing a product (like a machine or computer code) that meets certain criteria and/or accomplishes a certain task. This activity models a simple challenge to teach the design process […]

## STEM Roller Coaster Challenge

Build a roller coaster out of straws and a cardboard box in this engineering design challenge your middle school students (and even older) will love. Start with this teaser Follow video by asking how students have been on/like roller coasters. Allow them to share experiences of riding a roller coaster. This link has pictures of some […]

## Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum Workshop

This fun, hands-on training will introduce teachers to this California-centric curriculum through unit exploration and connection to local resources.

## Stem Curriculum Mini-Conference

Project HISI will host a 3 hour mini-conference on April 29th from 8:30-12:00 focused around the project-based curriculum teachers developed during their three years of collaborative efforts.