Middle Grades

The battle for the hearts and minds of students relative to STEM education is being waged in middle grades. STEM 101 middle grades curriculum advances STEM literacy for all students based upon National Academies research with a strategic emphasis on gender, racial and socio economic concerns. By design STEM 101 middle grade students are actively engaged in hands on, minds on activities through which students realize the application and relevance of their STEM education experience. The STEM 101 curriculum is accessible through any Web-enabled device. It is based on national standards with correlation to individual state standards. The flexible use curriculum design produces a meta-disciplinary STEM education practice through which all faculty and students are engaged.

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Courses feature 120 seat hours of flexible use STEM programming per site license.

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DISCOVERING STEM (6)

In the Discovering STEM curriculum, students will be introduced to basic STEM concepts. Students will take part in an activity from each STEM area with two culminating activities that put their STEM skills to the test. Students will enjoy the hands-on minds-on approach to learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Each activity is designed to give the teacher flexibility in both choice of materials and in method of delivery.

UNITS: Manufacturing by Design, Design Drafting, Long Distance Flyer, Electronics, Floating Above the Rest, Robotics Orientation, Presentation

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DESIGNING WITH STEM (7)

The Designing with STEM curriculum is packed with a variety of tools to excite students and instructors alike! Designing with STEM introduces educators and students to the fun and powerful tools of designing and problem solving. The activities and academic applications engage the learner to embrace Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology by examining the integral steps of critical design and problem solving.

UNITS: Problem Solving Techniques and Applications, Defining the Problem, Determining and Defining the Criteria, Developing Ideas, Creating Solutions, Testing and Evaluating, SEA Perch Challenge, Presentation

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INVESTIGATING STEM SKILLS (8)

Investigating STEM Skills curriculum integrates the design skills and introductory STEM concepts from the discovering and designing courses. Investigating STEM Skills was designed with an 18-week semester instructional schedule in mind. The activities are intended to highlight the three primary elements of manufacturing: tools, materials and processes. As always, this guide is intended to be used and customized by educators to meet the specific needs of students within unique instructional settings.

UNITS: Introduction to Robotics, Introduction to Material Science, Packaging Design, Robotics Design, Underwater SEA Perch Challenges, Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Energy, Mechanical Engineering, Presentation

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