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Skills available for Minnesota sixth-grade science standards

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1 The Nature of Science and Engineering

  • 2 The Practice of Engineering

    • 1 Engineers create, develop and manufacture machines, structures, processes and systems that impact society and may make humans more productive.

      • Identify a common engineered system and evaluate its impact on the daily life of humans.

      • Recognize that there is no perfect design and that new technologies have consequences that may increase some risks and decrease others.

      • Describe the trade-offs in using manufactured products in terms of features, performance, durability and cost.

      • Explain the importance of learning from past failures, in order to inform future designs of similar products or systems.

    • 2 Engineering design is the process of devising products, processes and systems that address a need, capitalize on an opportunity, or solve a specific problem.

  • 3 Interactions Among Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Society

    • 1 Designed and natural systems exist in the world. These systems consist of components that act within the system and interact with other systems.

    • 4 Current and emerging technologies have enabled humans to develop and use models to understand and communicate how natural and designed systems work and interact.

2 Physical Science

  • 1 Matter

    • 1 Pure substances can be identified by properties which are independent of the sample of the substance and the properties can be explained by a model of matter that is composed of small particles.

      • Explain density, dissolving, compression, diffusion and thermal expansion using the particle model of matter.

    • 2 Substances can undergo physical changes which do not change the composition or the total mass of the substance in a closed system.

  • 2 Motion

  • 3 Energy

    • 1 Waves involve the transfer of energy without the transfer of matter.

      • Describe properties of waves, including speed, wavelength, frequency and amplitude.

      • Explain how the vibration of particles in air and other materials results in the transfer of energy through sound waves.

      • Use wave properties of light to explain reflection, refraction and the color spectrum.

    • 2 Energy can be transformed within a system or transferred to other systems or the environment.

      • Differentiate between kinetic and potential energy and analyze situations where kinetic energy is converted to potential energy and vice versa.

      • Trace the changes of energy forms, including thermal, electrical, chemical, mechanical or others as energy is used in devices.

      • Describe how heat energy is transferred in conduction, convection and radiation.