Why bring STEM into this classroom? Because it creates problem solvers! STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM skills allow students to identify problems and use a logical approach to find a solution. STEM is more than content; it’s a way of thinking and doing.
Each lesson in this course is designed to promote the idea of independent problem solvers. Students will briefly review a topic from space exploration to digital storytelling; at the completion of each topic, they will then be presented with a challenge. Using the design cycle, students are encouraged to research a topic, make a plan to complete the challenge, engineer a device or create a presentation that meets the challenge, examine their work in order to make improvements and share their ideas.
All twenty topics include a 3D printing lesson that reinforces the topic. Each lesson is in a presentation format with easy step by step directions to follow.
A Teacher’s Guide is included to help teachers coach students as they explore what it means to become problem solvers. This guide also contains information on the 3D printing lesson and additional resources.
Both the lesson presentation and the challenges are created to help students examine what is happening in the world around them, identify needs and be part of a solution, all while meeting state standards for education.