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What is STEM
STEM Education is the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into real world topics to show students the interrelation between these different subjects and how relevant they are to our everyday lives.
When students are taught each of these disciplines individually and the emphasis is placed on content knowledge, the impact of the lessons is not as effective. Our students become masters of memorization, however, never learn how to apply the information they learn to their everyday lives. We believe that effective learning is when students can apply the skills they learn to real-world concepts. This is especially important in an ever-changing world where the intertwining of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics become more and more important.
Why is STEM important?
In a 2017 research report compiled by Dell Technologies, findings state that
"85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet."
With STEM centered education which highlights to students the relevance of content knowledge in the Science, Technology and Mathematics, along with the critical thinking, problem solving, and creative thinking skills necessary in Engineering, we can begin to equip our children for a future that is ever-changing. Skills are more important than memorization of content and that is the focus of our Step Up STEM Program.
What is the Step Up STEM Program?
Students will develop the following skills
The Step Up STEM Program encourages each student’s desires to learn through a project-based learning method where they get to choose what they want to explore, and how.
Creative thinking skills
As students embark on creating their projects, their creative thinking skills become of utmost importance as they are encouraged to engineer a project that is unique to them, as well as utilizes all the research they conducted.
Along the way, we encourage students to develop their collaboration skills as they co-construct success criteria, seek feedback from peers, as well as learn how to provide constructive feedback to support those around them.
Research skills are developed all throughout the Step Up STEM program as students learn about credible sources, data collection, analysis, and how to take effective research notes. Students collect research on science-centered information so they can see how to attain as well as utilize knowledge.
Our program ties together various age-appropriate Science, Technology and Mathematics topics to each individual student’s passion project and shows them that learning can indeed be fun when structured the right way and paired with a supportive teacher.
Critical thinking skills
In this process, the Step Up STEM Program helps students develop critical thinking skills by making connections with information they already know and have collected through research and how they can develop a presentation or even solution that is uniquely theirs.
Students develop public speaking and presentation skills to share their ideas and research by learning how to develop a pitch, effective oral communication skills, overcome presentation anxiety, and develop an engaging presentation.
This is where positive character development begins as students are encouraged to recognize that different people come with different perspectives and the value of listening to people’s ideas, not judging, and doing all that they can to support their peers.
However, as students work on their projects, they will encounter various challenges, and when they approach the teacher for a solution, we teach them various problem solving strategies so they can become independent learners. We teach students to not worry or stress when they encounter a roadblock, but rather view these as opportunities to learn and develop their projects.
Finally, we believe that all learning should benefit the community or the world in some way, and so throughout the Step Up STEM program, we encourage students to think about citizenship and why their projects are important for others to listen to and how their research can make a positive impact on the world around them.
A Detailed Look at the 2 Week
Step Up STEM Program
- DAY 1
- Establish relationships with peers.
- Understand effective oral communication skills.
- Learn how to conduct research, take notes and avoid plagiarism.
- Explore the different research ideas and start thinking about their interests.
- DAY 2
- Finalize and confirm their research topic/focus.
- Share their pitch with the class and collect feedback.
- Learn how to provide constructive feedback to their peers.
- Start to see the connections between Math and their research.
- DAY 3
- Start collecting research for project.
- Begin exploring various data collection strategies.
- Start thinking about their final product - what will their final project look like?
- Continue to develop their communication skills with their research partner.
- DAY 4
- Finish collecting research for their project.
- Identify any gaps in their research by collaborating with their peers and complete research phase.
- Understand what it means to "engineer."
- DAY 5
- Develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills by thinking about how they can use their research in their project.
- Learn how to analyse and represent data
- Start analyzing their own data and collect more information.
- DAY 6
- Continue working on their project and collect feedback from their peers, teacher and family.
- Finalize their research.
- Organize and plan their final presentation.
- Collect all materials for final project.
- DAY 7
- Complete their physical project.
- Present their physical project with their peers for feedback.
- DAY 8
- Start creating their final presentation.
- Complete their presentation script.
- Submit their presentation script for feedback.
- DAY 9
- Complete their presentation board/slides.
- Practice their final presentation.
- Receive and provide feedback for the final presentations.
- DAY 10
- Wrap up their final project presentation.
- Present their final project to their peers and teacher using the various oral communication strategies they have learned.
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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world- Nelson Mandela