Materials World Modules

An Inquiry & Design-Based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program

Sports Materials Module Alignment to National Standards

AAAS Benchmark Standards


NSES Standards


Grades 9-12 Designs Grades 9-12 Designs
1. The Nature of Science   A. Science as Inquiry  

Scientific inquiry

Ability to do scientific inquiry

The Scientific enterprise

Understanding scientific inquiry

2. The Nature of Mathematics   B. Physical Science  

Patterns and relationships

Structure and properties of matter

Mathematics, science, and technology

Motions and forces

3. The Nature of Technology  

Conservation of energy

Technology and science

E. Science and Technology  

Design and systems

Ability of technological design

Issues in technology

Understanding science and technology

4. The Physical Setting    


Structure of matter

G. History and Nature of Science  

Energy transformations

Historical perspectives




Forces of nature



8. The Designed World      

Materials and manufacturing


11. Common Themes  






Constancy and change



12. Habits of Mind  



Computation and estimation


Communication skills


Design Process

Student Response

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