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.
Each STEM:IT Challenge topic also includes 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. 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.
STEM:IT MIDDLE SCHOOL NOW FEATURING AFNR CHALLENGES
What is AFNR? AFNR is an acronym for Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources! AFNR includes all the collaborative and problem solving skills found in our core STEM:IT topics and applies them to real world topics in the fields of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resoures. STEM:IT Middle School now includes 6 additional AFNR STEM:IT Challenges, 3D Print Projects, and STEM Career Explorations! Learn more about the program at https://ndfu.org/youth/ag-stem/.
Twenty STEM lessons for Middle School grades 6-8. Subject areas included in these lessons are: AFNR, social studies, English/Language arts, health, technology, science, math, engineering, art/digital art, music, business, and family and consumer science. A Teacher’s Guide, 3D presentation for each topic and a teacher resource section.
STEM:IT Middle School is broken down by lesson. Each lesson will contain a STEM Challenge, 3D Project, and Career Exploration.
STEM:IT was built with 21st century learning skills in mind. While each STEM:IT lesson contains core content standards found within that subject, every challenge also includes NGSS engineering standards, ISTE technology standards, and Common Core technical standards. Click the link below to explore the NGSS, ISTE, and Common Core standards utilized across the STEM:IT series curriculum.