Look at the same thing from a
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surprised what you might see.

Curriculum for Middle School

Ignite My Future in School provides middle school educators with standards-aligned, transdisciplinary resources designed to effectively engage classrooms with the foundations of computational thinking across core subject areas.

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Decoding DNA

Why should we continue to explore?
Science
Social Studies
Decompose
Build Models
Develop Algorithms

Gain a firsthand understanding of genetic mutations by creating a unique DNA algorithm for a genetic trait  and then changing that algorithm slightly in order to produce a different gene sequence.

10 Tips for Success

Why should we continue to explore?
Computer Science
ELA
Abstract
Develop Algorithms

Analyze data about what makes some companies successful, and use common themes to develop a “roadmap to success” teaching others how to take their hobby, and turn it into a thriving business.

Transportation Tech

Why should we continue to explore?
Science
ELA
Engineering
Build Models

Learn how transportation engineers build models to find and fix errors in design within computer software before vehicles go to market, and develop the school bus of the future that abides by a list of constraints provided.

Earth 2.0

Why should we continue to explore?
Science
ELA
Find Patterns

Find the next Earth by developing rating scales for a list of four planets and determining whether each planet could potentially sustain human life.

Destination Vacation

Why should we continue to explore?
Math
Decompose

Imagine you were planning for a vacation to a national park. What would you pack? Decompose the challenge of what to pack for a trip into smaller, more manageable categories.

Deciphering Diabetes

How can we connect with each other?
Math
Science
Analyze Data

Identify the ideal trial group for a new “smart” blood sugar monitor that shares patients’ glucose levels virtually with doctors, and create and test a hypothesis about how age correlates to diabetes.

Recycle and Reuse!

How can we connect with each other?
Science
Engineering
Decompose

Learn how computers take repetitive actions and simplify them in order to save us time, and build a unique app through the use of block coding.

Saving Species

How can we connect with each other?
Math
Science
Computer Science
Engineering
Collect Data
Analyze Data

Examine ways zoological researchers use GPS tracking to locate specific endangered species, and create a web-based plan to enable volunteers to participate in the project.

Emoji Essay

How can we connect with each other?
Social Studies
ELA
Abstract

Read, analyze, and abstract the content within a piece of literature into emojis, and capture the main themes of the text for someone who does not speak the English language.

CyberDefender

How can we connect with each other?
Math
ELA
Find Patterns

Learn how computers can help us tackle cyberbullying through deep learning by forming a neural net of commonly used phrases seen in social media and mind mapping them to find patterns.

Build a Movement

How can Technology Improve our Lives?
ELA
Math
Social Studies
Analyze Data

Analyze what makes memes and movements go "viral" on social media, and use that knowledge to bring awareness to important social issues.

Digital DIY

How can Technology Improve our Lives?
Computer Science
ELA
Develop Algorithms

Discover how computers are programmed using clearly defined steps, and apply this approach in an exercise teaching someone else how to complete a task.

Drop the Beat

How can Technology Improve our Lives?
Arts
Engineering
Music
Science
Find Patterns

Experience how songs are built on patterns and how they can loop these patterns in order to efficiently create new music, much like computer coders use loops to create computer programs.

Find Your Focus

How can Technology Improve our Lives?
Engineering
Math
Analyze Data
Decompose

Investigate key components of multiple stress-relieving gadgets and utilize computer aided drafting (CAD) to design a product concept customized to meet diverse needs found in the mass market.

Recognizing An Invader

How can Technology Improve our Lives?
Computer Science
Engineering
Graphic Arts
Math
Science
Technology
Find Patterns

Explore solutions to help the public identify invasive species from native ones by creating an electronic field guide that can recognize distinctive patterns and features.

The Smell Test

What will our future look like?
Computer Science
Science
Decompose
Abstract

Abstract smells that might enhance the experience of a moviegoer, and explore design possibilities for a virtual reality headset transforming the sensory experience of viewing motion pictures.

Speak My Language

What will our future look like?
ELA
Collect Data
Find Patterns

Explore the world of language learning software by developing a process to quickly learn the basics of any language for an upcoming trip.

Capable Cobot

What will our future look like?
Math
Science
Develop Algorithms

Design an algorithm directing a robot around a house to complete household tasks, while also paying attention to the constraints of that particular home.

Drone Delivery

What will our future look like?
Engineering
Math
Build Models
Develop Algorithms

Design a drone that can bypass congested city traffic to quickly deliver a hot pizza to its hungry recipient, and explore the efficiencies created by technology.

Outbreak

What will our future look like?
Math
Science
Collect Data
Analyze Data

How do viruses spread, and what can we do to stop them? Interpret survey data, and plot a graph that gives clues about future outbreaks to create a vaccine distribution plan.