Learn the science behind the technology in your electronic devices! In the High Tech Rocks! STEM Kit, students become solid-state chemists as they manipulate natural materials (like minerals) to produce useful physical properties (like magnets).
Big Concepts include: 1) physical properties; 2) crystal structure; 3) electrochemistry; 4) magnetism; and 5) phase diagrams.
Scientific Inquiry Skills include: 1) use of chemicals; 2) characterization of physical properties; and 3) use of science notebooks.
High Tech Rocks! STEM Kit Tutorials
- Using the Atomic Layer Model video (coming soon)
- Making the Headphone Work video (coming soon)
- High Tech Rocks! STEM Kit Use Instructions (complete teacher guide)
- High Tech Rocks! STEM Kit Clean-Up & Repacking Instructions
- High Tech Rocks! STEM Kit Material List
High Tech Rocks! STEM Kit Resources
- Video Introduction (coming soon)
- Dot Grid Template
- Pourbaix Phase Diagram
- Science Notebook Template (for use in lieu of Science Notebooks)
- Science Notebook Template (Spanish version)
- Science Notebook Evaluation Rubric (coming soon)
- High Tech Rocks! STEM Kit Instruction Booklet
(available upon request – email name and school to Dr. Andrew Warnock)
Other Useful Resources
- Unit Cells Explained
- Grains & Grain Boundaries Explained
- Annealing vs. Quenching Explained (coming soon)
- Phase Changes & Diagrams Explained (coming soon)
- Crystal Properties and Grain Structure video
- Have You Ever Seen an Atom? video
Borrowing High Tech Rocks! STEM Kits
There is no charge to educators who wish to borrow any of our STEM kits. Educators who are located in the Northern Colorado area and can come to the CSU Fort Collins campus to pick up the kits should complete the Local Pick-Up Loan Application. All other educators in Colorado should complete the Delivery Loan Application Form and the NSEOC will ship the classroom set of kits to you free of charge. Return loan application forms to Courtney Butler via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (970-491-7716).
- Local Pick-Up Loan Application Form – for educators in the immediate area of Fort Collins (i.e.: Greeley, Loveland, Ault, Windsor, Johnstown, etc.)
- Delivery Loan Application Form – for educators in Colorado outside of the immediate Fort Collins area
- Educator Feedback Survey – must be completed after returning kits to the NSEOC and before another kit can be requested