June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.1101.1 - 24.1101.2
STEM Explore, Discover, Apply – A Middle School Elective (Curriculum Exchange)STEM Explore, Discover, Apply (STEM EDA) is a three course elective sequence for middleschool grades 6-8. In STEM EDA, students are engaged in science, technology, engineering, andmathematics (STEM) through a series of hands-on projects. STEM EDA uses a holistic approachtowards instruction; such that, students are excited to learn and are able to make connectionsamong the various courses taken throughout the school day.For each level of the course, the content uses a modular design, where students spend threeweeks on one of the approximately twelve design projects before progressing to the next module.The engineering design process guides the students through the design and implementation of theprojects and concepts. Students must identify the problem, research the problem, brainstormsolutions, choose a solution, build a prototype, test the prototype, and then improve and redesigntheir solution. A majority of the time is spent on the “research the problem” phase. During thisphase, students learn the fundamental concepts that will help them in the design process. Inaddition to learning the STEM fundamental topics, students also apply English language artsconcepts and soft skills to progress through the lessons. This approach allows students to notonly improve their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, but also develop invaluablecompetencies in leadership, teambuilding, creativity, and communication.During the curriculum exchange, the presented resource materials will include physical copies ofspecific modules, visual aids used for enhancing instruction, and sample projects. Attendees canperuse both teacher and student versions of workbooks for certain modules. Additionally, sampleprojects showcased and available for demonstrations will include, but are not limited to egg drop,volcanoes, catapults, musical instruments, rollercoasters, electricity, and genetics.
Corbett, K. S., & Coriell, J. M. (2014, June), STEM Explore, Discover, Apply – A Middle School Elective (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23034
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