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STEMhero Stage 2: Identify and read real data sources

Theme: 
Energy
Grade: 
6, 7, 8
Essential questions
In what ways do water, electricity, and natural gas shape my life and my community?

Students know when they are empowered with investigations that are real and personal. Rather than having students calculate their “expected consumption” or rely on data from bills (which might be unavailable or be limited to monthly/quarterly readings), this opening module leads students to identify and collect real data from sources measuring the student's actual consumption!

All students can participate because STEMhero allows students to collect data from any type of meter (water, gas, and/or electricity) located anywhere (at student's’ home, school, or community building) -- we even have a set of virtual meters in cases where no meters are available. The module ends with students successfully taking their first real reading, setting them up to discover their actual consumption (often far different than what was estimated by an online calculator) and to design efficiency improvements to be implemented and analyzed.

STEMhero Professional Development
Personalized professional development sessions are available from STEMhero covering how all students can participate, special considerations for students in housing insecurity situations, best practices for starting unit and engaging families, choosing a final assessment. See here for more information on STEMhero professioanl development: STEMhero.com/teachers

Email support@stemhero.com for additional details.