S. T. E. M.
This class will focus on hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will work collaboratively to discover solutions and designs to real world situations and problems. There will be multiple right answers and failure will be reframed as a positive step on the way to discovering and designing solutions and as a necessary part of learning. We will focus on real-world issues and problems and seek solutions.
Our goal is activating students’ curiosity, leading them to ask good questions, and transferring the responsibility for learning from the teacher to the student. During the lessons we will not tell students how to solve the problem. They will make decisions and come up with solutions on their own, perhaps with gentle guidance to keep them on track if needed.
There will be two tutors in most classes, one for consistency from week to week and “guest” tutors brought in with different areas of expertise such as science, math, computer technology, air and space, etc.
We are still assembling our team of “guest” tutors and our projects for the year. Here is a sample of the challenges we will be doing this year.
- Oil Spill Challenge
- Catapult Challenge
- Space Lander Challenge
- Robotics Challenge
- Build A Snack Machine Challenge
- Solar Energy Challenge
- Bridge Building Challenge
- Rocket Launching Challenge
- Roller Coaster Physics Challenge