Robert Frost Middle School Science, Technology, and Engineering (STE)
We value STE Literacy,
diversity, and the cultural backgrounds of our students. As teachers, we
will create varied opportunities for critical thinking, discourse, and rigorous
instruction so that our students will/can communicate, write, read, and think
like a scientist.
Curriculum/Units of Study
||Matter and Its Interactions
||Topics include: Atoms, states of matter, phase changes
and chemical reactions. Students will apply their understanding of chemistry to
a real-life situation and design a solution.
||Topics include: Biodiversity, ecosystem, food webs,
competition, limiting factors. Students will use the information to create and
maintain a habitat for a local species.
||Human Impacts on the Environment
||Topics include: Renewable and non-renewable resources
and the impact on the environment. Explore how human activity and use of
resources impacts the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere and
consider alternative solutions for the products we make and the resources we
use. Students will model a solution to a
variety of environmental problems created from natural resource use.
||Energy and Waves
||Topics include: Alternative energy sources such as
electricity, magnetism, electrical energy production, conversions of different
types of energy. Explore how light and sound behave. Students will create a
model of a solar cooker.
||Cellular Structure and Processes
will learn that plants grown using hydroponics take in oxygen and nutrients at
a quicker pace and use less energy to absorb them. Plants will be used to introduce the
structure and function of living organisms, and students will learn about the
characteristics of living things, parts of the cell, and cellular
processes. Students will also learn what
materials are required by living things, how the materials are delivered, and
how these materials sustain life.
||Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
||Students will study the body systems of
organisms and explore how the interactions of those systems affect overall
functions. Students will learn about the levels of
organization within an organism and the contribution cells provide a system as
the basic building blocks of life. Students will explore how matter and energy are processed by organisms
to build, maintain, and repair themselves.
||Inheritance and Variation of Traits
will study the principles of heredity and genetics. They will learn how organisms reproduce and
transfer their genetic information to their offspring. Students will study how
characteristics get passed on from generation to generation and research
several genetic disorders that affect human offspring. Students will use biotechnical processes to
explore the genetic characteristics of organisms. Students will conduct a DNA extraction and a
microarray will be performed as a way of checking the genotypes of the
||Earth’s History and Evolution
will study Earth’s history, geological time, and explore how organisms have
evolved. Students will examine the
fossil record and construct explanations from mass extinctions. Students will explore the concepts of natural
selection and adaption and will learn that traits of an organism can change as
a result of environmental conditions or a need for survival. Student will explore the similarities between
organisms and use biotechnical processes, such as DNA fingerprinting, as means
||Weather and Climate
will learn about geographical influences on climate, the water cycle, oceanic
and atmospheric circulation, and climate change. Students will apply their
understanding of these concepts to design and create “Green Homes” for
different locations around the globe.
||Earth's Materials and Systems
will learn about Earth’s structure, continental drift, plate tectonics,
minerals, types of rocks, weathering and erosion. Students will apply their understanding of
these concepts to design and create Earthquake resistant structures.
||Forces, Motions, and Interactions
will learn about kinetic and potential energy, describing motion, forces, and
Newton’s Laws. Students will apply their
understanding to design, create, and launch a model rocket.
||Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe
||Students will learn about Earth’s motions, the
reasons for seasons, gravity, and characteristics of the solar system, galaxy,
and universe. Students will apply their
understanding to evaluate the potential for life on other planets.
RFMS STEAM and Culture Night!
This event will be held on Thursday, February 27th from
6:00-8:30 pm. We need volunteers
to showcase STEM activities!! If you
choose to participate, we will have a space available for you and your
equipment, and will try to honor any other requests you have. To sign up
please complete the form on the Frost Homepage starting in November.
We hope you choose to be a part of this
night, and get a chance to "Experience Excellence" and see why our
students are some of the "Best Students on this Planet". Please
let Charm Redden know if you have any questions at Charmian_Redden@mcpsmd.org.
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