Greetings!Welcome to Mr. Coccia's STEM class! Mr. Coccia teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th graders the wonderful concepts of STEM with interactive, hands-on, and student-centered projects! So what is STEM?STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and is a newer concept in the educational industry. STEM focuses on challenging students with "real-world projects" that are complicated and require variety of skills such as problem solving, analytical thinking, collaboration, and evaluation.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 paper roller coaster, simple electronics, straw boats, and balloon cars along with many other student-centered projects. An introduction to researching STEM careers and careers in general is also presented.
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, Lego robotics, rubber band cars, and water towers along with many other student-centered projects and activities.
Students apply the Engineering Design process through building and testing bridges, paper rockets, race cars, landscape design, and computer coding...just to name a few. Career research is utilized to help students identify future career paths along with mapping out potential high school coursework plans.