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Theme | Design Challenge Title | Abstract | CSCOPE Alignment | Targeted TEKS |
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Graphing Motion | Going in Circles | Students will apply concepts of circular and rotational motion to their design for an amusement park ride. | 1st Six Weeks | 4B |

Kinematics in 1D & 2D Motion | Accelerating Toward the Finish Line | Students will apply concepts of circular and rotational motion to their design for an amusement park ride. | 1st Six Weeks | 4A,B |

Kinematics in 1D & 2D Motion | Projectile Forensics | Students have been recruited by the Crime Scene Investigation division of their local police department to use their knowledge of projectile motion to solve a crime that took place in the community. | 1st Six Weeks | 4B |

Newtons Laws of Motion | Bridging Gaps with Physics | In this design challenge, students will use their knowledge of Newton’s Laws to design and build a bridge capable of supporting a particular amount of weight. | 2nd Six Weeks | 4C,D |

Theory & History of Gravity | Bound by Gravity | Students will conduct research to explain gravitational theory, applications of gravity in the real world, and speculate what our universe would be like if gravity did not exist. |
2nd Six Weeks | 4C 6A,B |

Special Relativity | It's All Relative | In this design challenge students will create a photography project that demonstrates an application of the concept of special relativity. | 2nd Six Weeks | 4E, 2D |

Conservation Laws: Work-Energy / Energy Transformations | Work & Machines-Rube Goldberg Style | Students will build a Rube Goldberg compound machine and analyze the different types of energy transformations exhibited by their machine. | 3rd Six Weeks | 5A,B,D |

Momentum & Energy in collisions | "Eggcellent" Vehicle Safety | In this design challenge, students will use their knowledge of momentum and impulse to design and build a car that will successfully protect a passenger (raw egg) in a front end collision. | 3rd Six Weeks | 4C, 5C,D |

Thermodynamics | "Home is Where the Heat is" |
In this lesson, students will learn about thermodynamics and how it applies to the world around them. Students will use their knowledge to design a scale model of an energy efficient home for their assigned location. | 3rd Six Weeks | 2E,F,D 7A,B |

Electrostatics: Forces, Fields, Energy | Getting Charged Up About Electrostatics | Students will design an interactive website that teaches electrostatics to their peers. | 4th Six Weeks | 6B,C,F |

Current Electricity | Light Up my Life! | Students will apply their knowledge of current electricity to design circuits for a model home. | 4th Six Weeks | 6E |

Magnetic Fields and Applications / Electromagnetism (induction) | Magnetic Mass Transit | Students will apply principles of magnetism and electromagnetism to design a model of an environmentally friendly mass transit system. | 4th Six Weeks 5th Six Weeks |
6B,D,F |

Waves Properties in General / Waves: Pressure & Electromagnetics | Making Waves | Students will apply their knowledge of wave properties and characteristics to develop a communications device that will attract the outside world to an island of stranded travelers. | 5th Six Weeks 6th Six Weeks |
8A,B,C |

Quantum Mechanical Ideas | Quantum for Kids | Students will use their knowledge of quantum physics to design a children’s book that explains a quantum physics topic. | 6th Six Weeks | 9A,B |