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Central High STEM Magnet

AdvancED Certification Presentation

Drew Hirshon

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Central High STEM Magnet
AdvancED STEM Certification
Central High STEM Magnet supports non-traditional student participation through outreach to groups often underrepresented in the STEM pipeline
The interdisciplinary problem-based curriculum focuses on deeper learning with real world applications.
Central High STEM Magnet educators collaborate as an interdisciplinary team to plan, implement, and improve integrated STEM learning experiences.
Students work independently and collaboratively in an inquiry-based learning environment that encourages finding creative solutions to authentic and complex problems.
Students personalize and self-direct their STEM learning experiences supported by STEM educators who facilitate their learning.
Students use technology resources to conduct research, demonstrate creative and critical thinking, and communicate and work collaboratively.
Students demonstrate their learning through performance-based assessment and express their conclusions through elaborated explanations of their thinking.
Community, post-secondary, business/industry partners and/or families actively support and are engaged with teachers and students in the STEM program.
Students are supported in their STEM learning through adult-world connections and extended day opportunities.
STEM learning outcomes demonstrate students' STEM literacy necessary for the next level of STEM learning and for post-secondary and workforce readiness.
STEM teachers and leaders participate in a continuous program of STEM- specific professional learning
Pictured Above:
Students discover DNA structures in their PLTW Principles of Biomedical Course. The students work collaboratively together to build a DNA double helix, by proper bonding.
Pictured Above:
Students from the PLTW Computer Software Engineering Course host an Hour of Code for the entire school, faculty, and STEM feeder schools during the National Hour of Code Week. Those who participated in the Hour of Code received a certificate of completion.
Central High STEM Magnet teachers are all trained in project based learning through the Buck Institute for Education. All teachers have created and implemented at least 1 PBL per semester with a focus in STEM topics. Our PLTW curriculum is a nationally recognized program that meets all national and State standards.
Sample Design Briefs:
Visit the links below to view sample design briefs used in the PLTW/STEM Biomedical and Engineering Courses.
Pictured Above:
Students collectively calculate beam deflection in their PLTW Principles of Engineering Course.
2014/2015- PBL Unit Planners:
PBL unit planners are planning documents that organize teachers PBL projects. Click the link below to view some examples of PBL across all content areas : https://drive.google.com/a/pueblocityschools.us/folderview?id=0B9Zbx9L0oNIjRkxkWEctZ3ZzclU&usp=sharing
2015/2016- PBL Unit Planners:
PBL unit planners are planning documents that organize teachers PBL projects. Click the link below to view some examples of PBL across all content areas : https://drive.google.com/a/pueblocityschools.us/folderview?id=0B9Zbx9L0oNIjT3ZqX3hFeWZTbHc&usp=sharing
On-going PBL WebQuest :
The PBL WebQuest will give teachers, students, and adults a good understanding of what project based learning is and how you can implement the strategies into your curriculum. Visit to view the WebQuest: http://zunal.com/introduction.php?w=298437
Students are self directed in our STEM courses, taking ownership of their learning. Teachers act as the facilitators of the classroom setting allowing students to be creative and map out their own learning. With minimal instruction, students dissect, research using reliable internet sources, learn new programming languages, and build machines to accomplish a self selected task. STEM teachers provide encouragement and feedback as students work collaboratively on inquiry-based projects.

Visit Twitter for more examples of student self-directed learning:
#centralpoe #centralpbs
PLTW Standard Alignment:
Visit the following link to see how PLTW correlates to the national standards, and its interdisciplinary connection-https://drive.google.com/a/pueblocityschools.us/folderview?id=0B33iFSNIEKKJZE1zOGlJNGU5eHc&usp=sharing
Central High School is in the transition to become a 1:1 school. We plan to issue iPads to students within this school year. In preparation for this change, staff have ongoing professional development in how to use and implement the technology. We have weekly mini lessons, one on one training sessions, and staff are invited to train others on their favorite apps and their uses.
Staff Technology PD Agenda:
STEM Teachers hosted a technology PD that provided an overview of ways they could effectively utilize technology in their classrooms.

2 weeks of training per course they teach
CTE Reality vs. Perceptions in Manufacturing (Sept. 18)
Southern Colorado Manufacturing Expo (Oct. 7)
State PLTW Conference (Oct. 28)
Colorado Science Conference (Nov. 20)
"Rube Goldberg Machine":
Principles of Engineering Students design and test their very own "Rube Goldberg Machine" using vex kits. Rube Goldberg machine is an apparatus that is over-engineered to perform a simplistic task in a complex fashion.
STEMConnector Survey:
Students were surveyed on their interest in STEM related careers.
62% of the students surveyed want to pursue a STEM career
50% claim their course work encourages their studies

Top Declared Colleges/Universities for Central High School:
Students were surveyed on their top post-secondary choices using myCollegeOptions. Projections of student interest is used to steer students in the right career pathway; preparing students for the next level.

Central High STEM Magnet teachers have a common daily professional learning community that they meet to collaborate, plan, and innovate their units and lesson plans. If two departments are developing a cross curricular project the STEM coordinator is able to create a crosswalk between department PLC's to review work and plan accordingly.
Central High STEM Magnet has a variety of technology to enhance critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. We currently have 521 mobile devices that teachers use on a daily basis. These devices range from, Surface Pro's, Google Chrome books, and Apple iPads. There are also 193 desktop computers that are in computer lab settings that are utilized on a daily basis as well. Students are able to check out devices for home use if needed to continue research and ongoing inquiry. Pueblo City Schools utilizes Google as its platform so all teachers are familiar using Google tools and have been trained on the collaborative attributes that Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, and Slides possess. Students and teachers have a district email which creates opportunities to research and collaborate on projects and complete assignments outside of school using these tools. Our PLTW students access curriculum, turn in assignments, and collaborate with peers through the Canvas Learning Management System. PLTW students also use a variety of vernier computer sensors to complete many of their activities
Central High School Master Schedule:
The master schedule above shows how all teachers at Central High have a common plan time across all departments to collaborate on student progress, data dialogue, encourage best practices, reduce teacher isolation, etc.
Closing the Gender Gap

Central High STEM Magnet goal is to increase female enrollment in STEM courses. Nationally, women are underrepresented in STEM education and it is our goal to increase the number of females enrolled in Central's STEM program to 50%. Currently, we are within two percentage points of reaching this goal. This year we sent recruitment letters to 8th graders currently taking STEM courses at their middle schools. Of those who received letters, 165 are males and 117 are females. Statistically, only 40% of these students are females. We are proud to be nearing our goal of 50% enrollment which demonstrates the bridging of this gap.

Hispanics and African Americans also make up a small share of the science and engineering workforce with only 13% in those fields. We have more than met that goal as 75% of our STEM students are Hispanics and/or African American.
Central High students have a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Teachers strive to develop project based units that are meaningful, real world, and relevant. In project development teachers create clear and concise rubrics to give students an opportunity to excel at the highest level possible. Students also have many opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in front of community members in events such as the Science and Engineering fair and in front of panels of guests related to the project topics, such as police officers during a crime project.
District Engineering and Science Fair Results:

Sample STEM Lesson/Unit Plans:
Lessons featured above, incorporate student technology use of software and Learning Management System (LMS). Visit the link for more details: https://drive.google.com/a/pueblocityschools.us/file/d/0B9Zbx9L0oNIjSnlVNmxVb05mMThIR242SWowWXRWOHExcmRR/view
STEM students take a national end of course exam through PLTW. The student scores are used to place students in subsequent years of study in the track of their choosing. Students have the opportunity to explore many career cluster options through their ICAP and PSAT. Students have the ability to meet with professionals as guest speakers, mentors, and on field trips that align with their interests.
Soft Skills Grading Rubric-
The Professional Skills Rubric is used as a student self assessment on a weekly basis.
Southern Colorado Manufacturing Exposition, provided an opportunity for our STEM students to collaborate with business and industry professionals in engineering and manufacturing. This annual event exposes both females and males to the various careers in STEM, while providing hands-on activities.
Chemistry Day at CSU-Pueblo:
CSU-Pueblo Chemistry Department, faculty and college students, partnered with our science students on National Chemistry Day. Students had the opportunity to look at the real life applications of chemistry and vast amount of chemistry opportunities.
STEM Club Rocket Launch RFP

Central High School STEM Magnet Team Members meet and network regularly with STEM pipeline schools, business, industry, and community to strengthen and support the STEM programs. Central High Schools STEM Magnets Mission and Vision, established by community members, families, and Central High School Staff mirrors the opportunities provided for both the teachers and students that are "relatable, realistic, problem, and community based"; all while instilling an environment and STEM Curriculum that fosters twenty-first century, creativity and critical thinking. Business and Community work closely with the STEM Team to find ways to incorporate the business and community with the education world.
Central High School STEM Magnet students have the opportunity to experience authentic learning by working collaboratively with community, post-secondary institutions, business and industry partners through experiential learning, on-site and off-site. Embedded within the STEM curriculum is career exploration reflections where students research career options within the STEM fields; bringing in and experiencing first-hand community and business/industry partnerships to build real world connections and awareness to the vastness of STEM related career opportunities. STEM students have community partners that work directly and regularly with them during classroom and after school activities and clubs; dissections, design exploration, and Problem/Project Based Learning. STEM students have been provided with a generous amount of opportunities to communicate and collaborate with community, post-secondary, business and industry partners. Notable partnerships include: Bechtel, CSU-Pueblo, Pueblo Community College, powerED, Black Hills Energy, Colorado Geographic Alliance, Dr. John Sabarbaro.
Picture Above:
Engineering Day by the Society of Women Engineers at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
Glucose and Insulin Connection Model and Presentation Rubric:


Central High School Electronic Device Checkout Form:
The Device checkout contract above is designed as an implementation of the technology initiative. Establishing procedures that will allow for students to take devices home to continue research or complete assignments or projects.
Machine Control Design Rubric:

Central High students have the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively on projects that focus on real world problems within their STEM/PLTW courses. The STEM environment is student driven and teacher facilitated through activities and learning that focuses on project and problem based learning. Students apply their knowledge to find unique solutions about the world around them. STEM teachers were provided with a comprehensive training that empowered the teacher to transform the learning environment into a collaborative space that celebrates inquiry and livens the content. Students also receive Project Based Learning in their core classes and within after school STEM clubs, all in which reinforce the collaborative learning processes.

Project Planning Calendar Reports:
Pictured to the left are project calendar for a cross-curricular project that involved science, ELA, and Engineering, effectively utilized PLC time and the building TOSA (teacher on special assignment)
Soft Skills Assessment:
Above are student exemplars of soft skills self assessment.
Example PLC Agenda
: Principles of Biomedical Science Teacher example agenda on meeting topics during their common PLC. Click here to view: https://drive.google.com/a/pueblocityschools.us/file/d/0BwoLPEGudyeHeVhKR18zUlNSb28/view
STEM Program Demographics
: The figure above illustrates the percentage of females and males in PLTW/STEM courses, as well as the ethnic demographic percentages represented in the PLTW/STEM courses.
Girls Lead The Way
: This event was intended to encourage female in STEM education by bridging the gender gap.
Article Above:
The newspaper article above highlights the works of the Central High School STEM Club, and it's continued partnership with Bechtel. Click the link for the full story: http://www.chieftain.com/news/education/4390295-120/students-science-chieftain-pueblo
Females in STEM:
The video above features personal interviews of CHS female students in the STEM/PLTW courses.
PBL in Action:
The video depicts student interviews on projects performed in the PLTW Engineering and Biomedical Sciences courses. Students explain the processes that they experience within the STEM inquiry-based lessons.
igure 1 and 2 (Above)-Collaboration Rubrics:
Examples of collaborative rubrics used within the STEM/PLTW courses at Central High. The rubric encourages responsibility for ones own learning, team-work, organization, and collaboration.
Building A Pump:
Above is a sample PBL project in the Principles of Biomedical Science Course. Click here to see the full lesson: https://drive.google.com/a/pueblocityschools.us/folderview?id=0BwoLPEGudyeHYVNyQkNLcGJhOE0&usp=sharing
Puzzle Design Challenge Brief:
Above is a sample PBL design project in the Introduction to Engineering and Design PLTW/STEM Course. This is a prime example of STEM learning and applicability to the real world.

Request For Proposal:
This RFP is.......
Click link to view the full RFP:
Video Above:
Student personal interviews on their experiences in the PLTW/STEM courses.
Student Heart Dissection Video:
The video above shows students working collectively on the sheep dissection in the PLTW/STEM Principles of Biomedical Science Course. Students work self-directed with their partners on properly labeling and becoming acquainted with the anatomy of the heart.
Machine Control Design
: https://drive.google.com/a/pueblocityschools.us/file/d/0B6f-Q0-jLvvyNmtHam4xcGd1NEE/view
The Heart As A Pump
STEM and Technology
: Students discuss how they use technology in their STEM/PLTW classroom. Discussion of the software, learning management systems, and research applications.
Student Interviews Performance Based Assessment:
Students explain how teachers know that they have successful accomplished their goals and objectives of the lessons. Performance-based assessment provide a way for students to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and material that they've learned within the PLTW/STEM courses.
Student Products and Performance Tools:
Examples below are links to various tools used to demonstrate students level of understanding and to promote quality work from students. Student performances at the State Science and Engineering Fair are performance based examples of demonstration of student learning outcomes.
Authenticity of PLTW/STEM Courses:
The video above demonstrates how students view the connection between Problem Based Learning and the real world.
Professional Learning Community (PLC):
During the video STEM/PLTW Teachers speak about their experiences in common planning through the PLC and Learning Management System. An example PLC shows collaboration amongst STEM teachers and counselors about incoming and returning STEM students.
Student Career Interests Graph:
The graph above is data collected from the students ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan). The ICAP shows what careers students are interested in. Counselors use this data to properly schedule students based upon their interests.
Little Shop of Physics-CSU, Fort Collins:
Central High School (CHS), and our feeder schools participated in the Little Shop of Physics exploration event hosted at CHS. Students were exposed to physics, chemistry, and space sciences; while making the real world connections. The local STEM elementary schools who are involved in our STEM pipeline in the district also attended giving our students the opportunity to mentor the younger students.
Central High School Professional Development Log:
Above is a list of the professional development opportunities provided for the Central High Faculty. Notable STEM Teacher trainings include:

Master Schedule:
Time is allotted for common planning and instructional technology training each day for all teachers.
Module 2C Graphs (Above):
Module graphs show the percentage of teacher participation in on-site instructional technology professional development provided by the STEM TOSA.
Professional Development Calendars (Above):
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, CHS STEM TOSA hosts professional learning communities that relate to specific technology modules (digital work flow, Google apps, Google classroom, Keynote). Specialized needs for one on one support, and co-teaching opportunities are available. See the following link for more details: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12706lPj2xZPfi6m6d3sKuRRwplV1-h8TUwASV3gLQ_s/edit?usp=sharing
PLTW Learning Management System (LMS-Left):
The LMS is a collaboration tool for our STEM/PLTW teachers. The LMS provides access to on-going professional development, anywhere via the online learning management system. The tool has provided the opportunity to PLC and network with other PLTW schools.
Science Fair Peaks Imagination (Right):
Students from throughout the district participated in the Pueblo City Schools District Science and Engineering Fair that was hosted at Central High School. Parents, families, and community members from throughout the community joined together to celebrate the innovative STEM projects. Participants, families, and community members also had the opportunity to engage in STEM hands-on activities to peak interested in STEM education. Mini workstations were hosted by fellow partners: PCC, Bechtel, Central High School, Highland Park, and Bessemer Academy.
Heart Dissection (Picture Left):
Students working with Mentor, Dr. Jim Sbarbaro on the sheep heart dissection. Dr. Sbarbaro had partnered to dedicate his time and knowledge to work with our biomedical students.
Robotic Arms/STEM Club (Above):
Students from the after school STEM club work with Bechtel Engineers on robotics.
McKinstry powerED Partnership:
Pictured above is the kick-off meeting with the CHS student powerED Patrol Team. Students prepare to get energized to spread the awareness and educate their fellow classmates, teacher, families, and community members about the importance of energy conservation through behavior modifications.
STEM Partnerships:
Above is a current list of STEM partners, as well as newly developing STEM partnerships.
CSU-Pueblo Engineering Day:
Pictured above are students from all STEM schools who participated at the CSU-Pueblo Engineering Homecoming Event. Students worked alongside our faculty partners and graduate students on mini STEM related projects.
Pueblo City Schools (PCS) Science and Engineering Fair:
CHS STEM students (above) are being judged during the 14th annual PCS Science and Engineering Fair by partners from Blackhills Energy.
Bechtel Engineering Mentorship:
CHS Students collaborating with Rick Holmes, Bechtel Project Manager about their interests in STEM education.
Partnership Interviews:
Sandy Romero, Bechtel Communications discusses Bechtel's partnership with Central High School. Kevin Young, Bechtel Senior Engineer, works via Google Hang-out with CHS STEM Club on their rocketry project.
Students request opportunities to job shadow in STEM career fields with professionals. Here is a request letter from a student to a Clinical Engineer at a local hospital.
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