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.
All twenty lessons in this course are designed to promote the idea of independent problem solvers. Students will briefly review a topic from potential and kinetic energy to folklore and more, at the completion of each topic, they will then be presented with a challenge to complete. 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 have a 3D printing lesson that reinforces the topic. Each lesson is in a presentation format with step by step directions to help students create a 3D project.
An easy to follow Teacher’s Guide helps 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 presentations and the challenges are created to help students examine what is happening in the world around them while meeting state standards for education.