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Feb. EEA STEM Middle School: How to develop a STEM Centric Unit

Complete Feb. EEA training for middle STEM

Erin Landsman

on 11 March 2014

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Transcript of Feb. EEA STEM Middle School: How to develop a STEM Centric Unit

STEM Centric Units
STEM Education
Middle School

So how can I teach my content through STEM?
Start with....
Content Standards
The STEM Standards of Practice will be used to guide the instructional approach
Use the STEM Centric Brainstorming Template
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1. Learn and Apply Rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Content
2. Integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Content
3. Interpret and Communicate STEM Information
4. Engage in Inquiry
5. Engage in Logical Reasoning
6. Collaborate as a STEM Team
7. Apply Technology Appropriately
Select the main grade appropriate curriculum standards that will be addressed in the unit.

*If this is a Government Unit you would use Government Content Standards.
* If this is an Art Unit you would use Art Content Standards.
Solution: Support STEM Education
While only 4% of workers are
in STEM careers, they create jobs for the 96% in other fields.
Only 4% of Bachelor's degrees awarded in the U.S. are in Engineering.
Why STEM Education?
Rising Above the Gathering Storm 2012
Science and Engineering Indicators 2012
96% of all U.S. STEM jobs
will require post-secondary education by 2018.
Science Technology Engineering Mathematics 2011
54% of High School Graduates are not ready for college level Math. 69% are not ready for college level Science.
The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2012
STEM Standards of Practice
(Student Behaviors)
Career Connections
Using Problem or Project Based Learning
Adding Real World Connections
Describe how students will Integrate Content, engage in Communication, Inquiry, Logical Reasoning, Collaboration and apply Technology strategically.
How could you engage students in the STEM Standards of Practice?
Students might....
Communicate information:
Among multiple pieces of evidence determine, select and state the piece of evidence that confirms the meaning of technical information (CCSS RI.6-8.1)
Students might...Engage in Inquiry: Investigate and research information from primary and secondary sources to answer factual and researchable questions.
Students might....Engage in Logical Reasoning and describe the global issues in terms of the societal, environmental, political, economical, and ethical impacts on the local community.
Students might... Collaborate as a STEM team and examine various STEM career opportunities through interviews, informational texts, field trips, etc. as related to the content.
Add a Real World Connection
Develop a complex question or identify a global issue, or real world problem that relates to the content standards.
What technologies support the exploration of space?
Where should a new road be built in Frederick and who makes the decision?
Decide on Transdisciplinary Connections
What additional content areas will students need to be engaged to understand the real world problem or global issue?
ELA: Informative Writing
Math: Collect, organize and display data using tables
Science: Environmental Impacts
Add Career Connections
Describe STEM careers that relate to the content.
Think about...
How you can incorporate STEM careers into the unit?
Lesson Seeds
List multiple lessons or concepts that can be used to support student understanding of the real world connection and content.
Hint: Stemify and use what you already have for lessons!
Real World Problem Example:
"What would be a cost effective, environmentally friendly ink alternative?"
Lesson Seeds:

-History of ink as a drawing and writing medium
-Technical resources of artists and artisans of the past
-Techniques in drawing, painting, and lettering
-Exploring the artwork of Raphael, Daumier, N.C. Wyeth, and Aubrey Beardsley
-Art and the Environment
Finally, add a Student
Product, Process or Action
How will students
summarize what they have learned and respond to the real world problem or global issue in a performance based assessment?
Product Ideas:
Now you have a tool to help you develop your own STEM Centric classroom!
Try the U Drive Resources!

Kim Day
STEM Coordinator
Erin Landsman
STEM Teacher Specialist
*A tool to help you approach content through STEM Education
The first math museum in the United States opened Dec. 15, 2012 in NYC with 40 exhibits. Design the 41st exhibit so that visitors could explore and learn about measures of central tendency.
Transdisciplinary Connections for a Social Studies STEM Centric Unit might be...
STEM Middle School
February EEA

A Tale of Two Classrooms
Mrs. Johnson:

Mr. Anderson:

How are the classrooms similar and different?
What STEM Standards of Practice are evident in the classrooms?

STEM Unit Examples
STEM Unit Brainstorming Work Time
Middle School STEM Centric Unit Examples
English Grade 7: Science Fiction to Science Fact

Social Studies Grade 6: Legacy of Rome and Water Filtration

Art: Organically Made Drawing Ink

Math: NYC museum measures of central tendency exhibit

Physical Education: Net or Wall Games
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STEM Frequently Asked Questions
Content, Integration, Communication, Inquiry, Logical Reasoning, Collaboration, Technology
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