Published on March 7, 2014
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WHY STEM PROJECTS WORK. Foster Creative Thinking and Innovation Integrate with the Classroom Curriculum Involve the Entire Community Provide Opportunities for Students to Excel
① FOSTER CREATIVE THINKING & INNOVATION Students: Solve a problem. Collaborate with outside sources. Use technology to communicate ideas. Engineer, build, and present their projects. Apply their classroom skills in real-life situations.
② INTEGRATE WITH THE CURRICULUM • • • • • • • • Focused on AZCCRS Math Writing Prompts Functional Text Integrating Classroom Texts Tied to New Science Standards Electronic PARCC-style Assessments Vocabulary Reinforcement Step-by-Step Teacher Guide
③ INVOLVE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY Community Experts are Part of Projects Connect to Larger Community via Videoconference Field Investigations Outside the Classroom
④ OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO EXCEL Afterschool STEM Clubs STEM Camp Innovation Nation STEM Festival Connected to Real Opportunities in the Community
K-8 A PROJECT EVERY SEMESTER All units are adaptable All curriculum is online All materials are available All classes have access to a STEM specialist
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