Summer Professional Development Opportunities

2-day workshop introducing the Packaging Challenge (Measures of Center/Spread), the Automated Packaging Challenge (Quartiles, Boxplots), and the Whale Challenge (Coordinate systems, Variables).

 

2-day workshop introducing the Lava Challenge (Experimental Design, Plate Tectonics), the Earthquake Challenge (Data Visualization, Plate Tectonics) and the Winter Weather Challenge (Decision Making, Weather).

 

2-day workshop introducing the Crab Aquarium Challenge (Rate of Change, Equation of a Line), Manufacturing Quality Control Challenge (Inference, Random Samples), and Game Piece Challenge (Geometry).

 

2-day workshop introducing the Oil Spill Challenge (Experimental Design, Marine Ecology), the Deep Sea Challenge (Data Visualization, Marine Ecology), and the Coral Reef Challenge (Decision Making, Predator/Prey, Ecology).

 

2-day workshop introducing the Hot Shot Challenge (Linear Equations, Pythagorean Theorem), the Clean Energy Challenge (Linear Function, Slope), and the Power Finance Challenge (Systems of Equations).

 

2-day workshop introducing the Marine Snow Challenge (Experimental Design, Density, Ecology), the Helmet Challenge (Data Visualization, Energy), and the Skate Park Challenge (Decision Making, Energy).

 

The STEM-ID courses are 18-week integrated connections courses that can be taught alongside core math and science classes, either as Engineering and Technology classes or as general STEM classes. Each course can stand alone, but research shows best results for students who take the course for multiple years.

The curriculum requires that students use the engineering design process within a problem-based learning context, and that they actively practice foundational mathematics skills and NGSS-aligned scientific practices to solve engaging challenges. 

Each course is divided into a series of four challenges entitled the Data Challenge, Systems Challenge, Visualization Challenge, and Design Challenge. The first three build different skills, and the fourth is a multi-week design challenge that pulls the experience together.

All courses in the multi-year sequence follow a similar trajectory and incorporate many of the same skills, but within different contexts and with increasingly more challenging technological manipulatives. By the 8th grade, students render designs in 3D modeling software, use a 3D printer to create prototypes, test their product, and iterate on the design.