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

Environmental Catalysis Module Alignment to Colorado Standards

Environmental Catalysis Module

CO Science Standards Activities CO Math Standards Activities
Grades 9-12 Designs Grades 9-12


Scientific Investigation and Design


Algebra 1


1.1 Scientific Method: ask questions and state hypotheses using prior scientific knowledge to help design and guide development and implementation of a scientific investigation

2a. algebraic methods, model, patterns and functions: modeling real-world phenomena (for example, distance-versus-time relationships, compound interest, amortization tables, mortality rates) using functions, equations, inequalities, and matrices;

1.4 Scientific Method: recognize and analyze alternative explanations and models

2c.algebraic methods, model, patterns and functions: solving problems involving functional relationships using graphing calculators and/or computers as well as appropriate paper-and-pencil techniques;

1.5 Scientific Method: construct and revise scientific explanations and models, using evidence, logic, and experiments that include identifying and controlling variables

2.3. algebraic methods, model, patterns and functions : solve problems and model real-world situations using patterns and functions;
Physical Science


2.5. Algebraic methods, model, patterns and functions: describe the connections among representations of patterns and functions, including words, tables, graphs, and symbols.
2.2 Chemistry: the spatial configuration of atoms and the structure of the atoms in a molecule determine the chemical properties of the substance



2.3 Chemistry: there are observable and measurable physical and chemical properties that allow one to compare, contrast, and separate substances (for example: pH, melting point, conductivity, magnetic attraction) 4.3 Geometric concepts, properties, and relationships: recognize, draw, describe, and analyze geometric shapes in one, two, and three dimensions.
2.5. Physics: quantitative relationships involved with thermal energy can be identified, measured, calculated and analyzed (for example: heat transfer in a system involving mass, specific heat, and change in temperature of matter)

4b. Geometric concepts, properties, and relationships: deriving and using methods to measure perimeter, area, and volume of regular and irregular geometric figures;

2.6 Physics: energy can be transferred through a variety of mechanisms and in any change some energy is lost as heat (for example: conduction, convection, radiation, motion, electricity, chemical bonding changes) Mathematical Reasoning


Life Science


1.2 Number sense and problem solving: represent and use numbers in a variety of equivalent forms (for example, fractions, decimals, percents, exponents, scientific notation);

3.2 Biology: there is a relationship between the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration (for example: in terms of energy and products)

1.4. Number sense and problem solving: use number sense, including estimation and mental arithmetic, to determine the reasonableness of solutions.
Earth and Space Science


5b. Tools and techniques to measure: selecting and using appropriate techniques and tools to measure quantities in order to achieve specified degrees of precision, accuracy, and error (or tolerance) of measurements
4.11 Atmospheric Science: there are factors that may influence weather patterns and climate and their effects within ecosystems (for example: elevation, proximity to oceans, prevailing winds, fossil fuel burning, volcanic eruptions

6.3. Computational techniques, including estimation, mental arithmetic, paper-and-pencil, calculators, and computers: select and apply appropriate computational techniques to solve a variety of problems and determine whether the results are reasonable.
Nature of Science involves a particular way of building knowledge and making


Probability / Statistics


5.2 Argument: the scientific way of knowing uses a critique and consensus process (for example: peer review, openness to criticism, logical arguments, skepticism) 3.1 Data collection and analysis, statistics, and probability: solve problems by systematically collecting, organizing, describing, and analyzing data using surveys, tables, charts, and graphs

5.5. Analysis: scientific knowledge changes and accumulates over time; usually the changes that take place are small modifications of prior knowledge but major shifts in the scientific view of how the world works do occur
5.6. Analysis: interrelationships among science, technology and human activity lead to further discoveries that impact the world in positive and negative ways
5.7 Analysis: there is a difference between a scientific theory and a scientific hypothesis    

Design Process

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