Curriculum Spotlight

TeacherTECH Curriculum Spotligt

As part of our new program, we are pairing teachers in the community with researchers here at SDSC and at the University of California, San Diego in an effort to create standards based curriculum that relates to current scientific data. We have only just begun this endeavor, so please check back frequently for updates. We know many of you have attended workshops at SDSC, UCSD, SIO and TSRI. If you have content you would like to add, please let us know.

  NASA Offers Free Download of Modern Figures Toolkit for Your Classroom
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Product Type: Lesson Plans/Activities
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: K-12
Publication Year: 2016
Product Number: NA
Subjects: Careers;
History: Biographies;
Mathematics: Algebra, Calculus, Computation and Estimation, Geometry,
Measurement, Number Sense and Numeration, Problem Solving;
Physical Science: Physics

In the 1960s, the U.S. was on an ambitious journey to the moon, and Katherine Johnson and her fellow human computers helped get NASA there. Bring the excitement of their story to your classroom with the NASA Modern Figures Toolkit. The NASA Modern Figures Toolkit is a collection of resources and educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity and resource includes a brief description, as well as information about how the activities and lessons align to education standards. Resources highlighted include videos, historical references and STEM materials. Bring Katherine Johnson’s inspiring story to your classroom by downloading the NASA Modern Figures For complete information, please visit

  Science Enrichment Lessons and Activities focused on Life Science, Earth Science, Computer Science and Physical Science
Lesson plans and activities developed by Roseanne Steckler, Oregon State University
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The science enrichment component of this program contains over 35 modules in the areas of computer science, earth science, life science, and physical science. The science modules, which are designed for a 45-minute school period, were developed to ensure alignment with state and district standards. The science modules emphasize hands-on inquiry and learning through exploration. Each curriculum module is organized with instructions for the teacher and with a list of materials necessary to carry out the activities that accompany the lesson.
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  High School Webquests Based on TeacherTECH Resources
Written by Leslie Gushwa, San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, California
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These standards based high school webquests help your students to use critical thinking skills, problem analysis and communication skills. They also require creative thinking and analytical skills to complete. These inquiry-oriented activities rely on resources available on the Internet. Introduce your students to the study of weather, Mars and the Pangaea timeline.
All About Weather
Mars and Recent Astronomical News
Find the Timeline for Pangaea      


High School Curriculum

Gravity in the Universe, Biodiversity in California, The Code of Life, Genetics and the Protein Data Bank, Chemical Change, Species Diversity, Phylogeny, Nanotechnology, Weather, Astronomy, the Pangaea Timeline, the Puzzle of Inheritance: Genetics and the Methods of Science, DNA Extraction

Middle School Curriculum

Magnetism, Genetics of Flowering, Communication in Bees, The World on Your Computer: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Upper Elementary School Curriculum

Sensors, Ground Water Aquifers

Lower Elementary School Curriculum

The Human Body, the Solar System, Gravity and Force