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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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Celebrate Together

How could we improve the world?
World Languages
ELA
Decompose
Abstract

Bring communities together by planning a cultural celebration integrating the commonalities among different holidays and cultural ideas.

Get Moving!

How could we improve the world?
Health
Engineering
Find Patterns
Build Models

Assess the effectiveness of various sports and exercise tools to develop an innovation that tackles obesity by helping the general population get healthier.

Dramatically Change the World

How could we improve the world?
Science
ELA
Decompose
Abstract

Learn how organizations seek to inspire community activism and affect local change by acting as a theater company planning a production aimed at inspiring activism around a simulated ecological crisis

Map Distortion

How could we improve the world?
Social Studies
ELA
Find Patterns
Build Models

Re-imagine the traditional Mercator projection map and commonly proposed alternatives by exploring patterns that will build accuracy into a two-dimensional representation of our three-dimensional world

Resilient Cities

How could we improve the world?
Math
Social Studies
Analyze Data
Build Models

Discover how environmental infrastructure projects go from idea to action as students become urban designers planning an effective and workable green enhancement to improve their local community.

Smile Starter

What does happiness mean?
Health
Science
Social Studies
Collect Data
Find Patterns

Identify the correlations between movement and emotions to create a national “smile campaign,” a physical routine of postures and body movements that individuals can use to trigger a positive mindset.

Abbrevs

What does happiness mean?
ELA
Collect Data
Decompose
Abstract

Happy. Lykkelig. Contento. Break down the words and phrases that describe happiness, joy and contentment in other languages, and develop an understanding of how geography plays a role in shaping culture.

If You’re Happy and You Know It

What does happiness mean?
Social Studies
ELA
Decompose
Abstract

Identify common qualities among the things that bring us happiness, and break down those common themes into a “roadmap to success” teaching others how to increase their happiness quotient.

Career-o-Matic

What does happiness mean?
Career Development
Social and Emotional Learning
Math
Computer Science
Analyze Data
Develop Algorithms

Act as data scientists tasked with creating the Career-o-Matic, a new instrument that identifies the perfect career for a student, through algorithms calculating the best fit for individuals based on their customized values.

The Science of Sports

What does happiness mean?
Health
Physical Education
Science
Find Patterns

Assume the role of personal trainer to identify connections between exercise and happiness, and develop model exercise plan that can be adapted to individual abilities and preferences.

True or False?

How does perspective shape our understanding?
ELA
Collect Data
Analyze Data

Is Bigfoot the real deal? Apply computational thinking to a number of myths in order to separate fact from fiction, and collect data in an effort to prove if each of the tall tales provided are true or false.

About Faces

How does perspective shape our understanding?
Social Studies
ELA
Collect Data
Analyze Data

Act as journalists investigating the validity of video footage and develop tools to help news watchers discern if the content they are watching is real or has been altered to tell a different story.

A New View of Color

How does perspective shape our understanding?
ELA
Arts
Abstract

Discover how interior designers use abstraction to determine the use of particular colors in spaces like hospitals, restaurants and office buildings, and create a digital design portfolio for presentation to a potential client.

Trouble in the Lab

How does perspective shape our understanding?
Science
ELA
Find Patterns
Develop Algorithms

Examine different types of quantitative and qualitative bias that have led to historically flawed outcomes in science labs, and develop algorithms that could serve as “quality control” for future scientific experiments.

Rewriting History

How does perspective shape our understanding?
Social Studies
ELA
Collect Data
Find Patterns

Act as filmmakers collecting various accounts of an historical event to accurately depict it on screen, and gain a better understanding of how history changes through various retellings, both fictional and informational.

Who Can Be an Astronaut, Musician, or President?

Is life fair?
Science
Social Studies
ELA
Find Patterns
Develop Algorithms

Nature vs. nurture? Analyze common characteristics of people in certain professions, and develop algorithms outlining how a person who does not possess a certain genetic trait can still become successful at a given skill.

Healthy Eating Is for Everyone!

Is life fair?
Health
Science
Social Studies
Decompose
Find Patterns
Build Models

Identify patterns in expert recommendations for healthy eating, and use these patterns to design a food label that helps people to eat healthier.

How Much Does One Vote Count?

Is life fair?
Math
Social Studies
ELA
Analyze Data

Examine voting methods of various political systems around the world, and use data to explore possible suggestions for improving and refining the voting processes for these systems.

Can iAccess?

Is life fair?
Social Studies
ELA
Collect Data

Discover how the internet access impacts individual communities by developing a density map of broadband access in your state and identifying areas where infrastructure to support online access is needed.

Keep My Interest

Is life fair?
Math
Social Studies
ELA
Collect Data

Learn how interest rates are calculated and discover basic principles of establishing credit and smart strategies for making short-term and long- term investments.

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.