Materials

hi-ce has worked with a variety of teachers, schools, and organizations to create innovative inquiry-based curriculum materials for classroom use. All hi-ce curriculum materials are designed to address rigorous content standards and to introduce instructional practices that focus on student inquiry, incorporation of technology, and student collaboration around community-based questions. Detailed information on the curriculum materials is available through the links below.

How Do Machines Help Us Build Big Things?  

How Do Machines Help Us Build Big Things?

Focuses on mechanical advantage, simple machines, force, motion, distance, and work. Students design a machine to handle a complex work task. 

 

   

What is the Quality of Air in My Community?

Focuses on chemistry principles (molecules, states of matter and chemical reactions) and air pollution. 

 

             
 

What is the Water Like in Our River?

Focuses on watersheds, hydrology, sources and impact of water pollution, and river ecosystems.  

 

   

How Can Good Friends Make Me Sick?

Focuses on communicable diseases, viruses, bacteria, impact on cells and body systems, and public health considerations. 

 

             
 

Why Do I Need to Wear a Bike Helmet ?

Focuses on force, motion (Newton's Laws of Motion), gravity, velocity, friction, momentum, and energy transfer.

 

       

Middle Grades Science Curricula - IQWST  

 

How Can I Make New Stuff From Old Stuff?

Focuses on chemistry content and scientific inquiry practices. 

 

   

Struggle in Natural Environments. What Will Survive?

Focuses on how individual organisms and populations survive in an ecosystem and the real-world problem of how to deal with invasive species inhabiting local environments.

 

High School Science Curricula - Primary Sources Network Materials

 

How Can We Design a Cellular Phone That is Safer to Use?

Students learn about sound, waves, radiation, and circuits through the design of a cell phone.

 

   

How Can We Design a Battery That is Safer For the Environment?

Students learn principles of chemisty and chemical reactions through the design of a battery.  

 

             
 

How Can We Design a Structure for Extreme Environments?

Students learn principles of physics and environmental climate factors through the design of a structure to be used in an extreme climate.

 

       

High School Social Studies Curricula - Primary Sources Network Materials

 

What Explains Migration To and From Detroit? Historical Investigations into Human Migration in America

Four mini-units in history that help students use primary source materials to examine human migration in America to urban centers at various times in history. 

 

   

What Explains Migration To and From Detroit? Geographical Investigations into Human Migration in America

Three mini-units in geography that help students use primary source materials to examine human migration in America to urban centers at various times in history.

 

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