1. Inside the AME interactive bus allowing students to touch, taste, smell, and learn about Arizona.
2. Outside the bus learning about AZ State Symbols by playing a magnet matching game.
3. Teachers Choice: pick one additional learning activity from the modules below. (Suggested grade level comprehension is provided to assist you in your selection.)
Students learn Arizona history and the meaning of the colors and design of the AZ State Flag. Students make their own flag from pre-cut materials to keep. (Grades K-6)
1. U.S. Coins: Students learn the history of the US One Cent coin.
Students compare physical properties and values of US coins. Students work together to sort coins into categories and use math to find totals (Grades K-2) and percentages (Grades 3-6) .
2. Liquid Measurements: Students juice citrus fruit and use liquid measurements to calculate how much fruit it takes to produce fruit juice that is sold in stores. Students use math to convert ounces, pints, quarts, and gallons. (Grades 3-6)
Students learn about seed and plant structures and plant growth cycles. We compare the saguaro cactus, cotton plant, and sunflower plant. Students plant a sunflower seed to keep and have a growth chart to monitor the germination and growth of their sunflower. (Grades K-6)
Optional added content for Grades 5-6: Scientific Method: Students discuss the Scientific Method, write a hypothesis for the affect water has on seed germination. (This lesson requires additional teacher/classroom monitoring and extends the lesson plan up to 2 weeks to a conclusion. All supplies are provided except daily water.)
1. Atoms and the Periodic Table of Elements: Students are introduced to the PTOE and discuss the structure of a copper atom. We discuss the physical properties of metals and true metals vs. alloys. Students use wire to create a wire structure with beads for decoration to keep.
2. pH – what is it? Students lean about pH, bases and acids. Students juice citrus then test and record pH levels of different juices. Students test a mystery substance and use pH to solve the mystery. (Grades 3-6)
3. Simple Machines: Students are introduced to simple machines, the Industrial Revolution, Eli Whitney, and the cotton gin. They use a tabletop cotton gin to identify and demonstrate gears and pulleys and then compare it to an electric cotton gin. (Grades 4-6)
4. Solar Energy: A focus on Arizona's climate and solar energy. Students learn how solar energy produces electricity, renewable vs non-renewable energy, and the advantages and disadvantages. The lab includes using photovoltaic cells to power small devices. (Grades 4 - 6)
Students learn about the dairy and beef cattle industries. We discuss Louis Pasteur and the pasteurization process, as well as, the USDA MyPlate guidelines. We talk about other products from the cattle industry: leather, gelatin, tallow and medicines. Students will create a leather bracelet or bolo tie they can keep.