STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is a student centered, project based learning approach where students are introduced to the Engineering Design Process (EDP) and use the EDP during course projects. Students are challenged to solve everyday problems in a teamwork setting while still retaining individuality.
STEM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
In this hands-on course students develop and utilize problem solving skills as they move through the Engineering Design Process. Through collaboration students identify and produce solutions to real-world problems. Each grade level focuses on a different set of problems that coincides with the Engineering and Technology standards for that grade. Topics include twenty-first century life and career skills, higher order thinking, communication, presentation, and exploration of personal aptitude, interests, and goal setting.
Learn about engineering, construction, and workplace readiness skills while incorporating academic concepts and the process of design and development. Instruction includes designing, building, and testing a roller coaster, researching STEM careers, and many other student-centered projects and activities.
Students continue to explore engineering and the different careers STEM disciplines offer as they develop career readiness skills through independent and small group projects. Topics include simple machines, computer coding, and balloon powered cars along with many other student-centered projects and activities.
Students apply the Engineering Design process through building and testing wood bridges, rockets, and earthquake structures. Career research is utilized to help students identify future career paths along with mapping out potential high school coursework plans.