Teaching Resources - Cellphone Science

The contents of your cell phone have global reach. Smithsonian photo by Joshua A. Bell.

The contents of your cellphone have global implications. Photo by Joshua A. Bell, Smithsonian.

STEM Subject: Cellphone Science 

National Middle School Science Standards Earth Science

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Key Terms: cultural anthropology, mobile technology, minerals, supply chain, recycling, materials engineering 

Key Concepts:

  • How mobile technology affects human culture
  • History and future of mobile technology
  • Minerals as nonrenewable resources
  • Global distribution of minerals for technology
  • Technology used by cultural anthropologists

Resource Types:


Webcast (video) and Podcast (audio) Shows

Printable Lessons

Online Activities

Science Literacy Resources

Middle School Level

High School Level

Gifted Readers

Poster and Worksheets 




The Cellphone Science teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

  • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems


The Cell Phone Science package aligns with the Social Studies standards themes listed below by offering a set of resources that integrate anthropology concepts with anthropology skills. 

Production, Distribution, and Consumption

  • People have wants that often exceed the limited resources available to them.

Science, Technology, and Society

  • Science, and its practical application, technology, have had a major influence on social and cultural change, and on the ways people interact with the world.

Global Connections

  • Global connections have intensified and accelerated the changes faced at the local, national and international levels.

People, Places, and Environments

  • The study of people, places, and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world.  

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