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STEM@MesaView

Everyone Gets STEM: One School's Transformation
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Jim Stolze

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of STEM@MesaView

HAVE YOU EVER WISHED...

...more students could
problem-solve
?
...
understand
complex software?
...work in true
collaborative
teams?
...
think
outside the box?
...use basic hardware
tools
?
...
apply
what they learned?
EVERYONE GETS
STEM
: One School's Transformation

California STEM Symposium
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
presented by Jim Stolze



MESA VIEW IS TRYING TO MAKE THIS WISH A REALITY.

• Everyone gets STEM, from at-risk, EL, and SpEd
students to our Band, ASB, and Yearbook students.

• It’s critical that diverse groups have the same
STEM opportunities as other students.

• STEM problem-solving exercises the brain,
improving overall academic performance.

• STEM improves a student's access and readiness
for college and career.

• STEM activities truly motivate and engage
students and transform learning.

OUR PHILOSOPHY
• Project-based learning
• Problem-based learning
• “Genuine” STEM is interdisciplinary & multidisciplinary
• Project Lead the Way (PTLW)
• Gateway to Technology (GTT)
• First Robotics League (FLL)
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Destination Imagination (DI)
• Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)


DEFINITIONS
How do you bring STEM to all students and still meet the demands, needs, and requirements of diverse student groups?

• …while keeping your families on board

• …while maintaining widespread student interest

• …and while also keeping your staff happy

• ...and your bosses happy.


THE CHALLENGE
THE FIVE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE
STEM

AT MESA VIEW
STEM
Electives
STEM: Applied Science
PLTW/GTT, First Robotics, Builds

STEM: Advanced Design
GIS, DI Challenges, AutoCAD
STEM
Rotation
Every non-STEM elective class visits the STEM Lab four times a year to participate in week-long STEM units taught by a STEM teacher (with assistance from the elective teacher).
Sixth Grade
Elective Wheel
STEM 6
First Robotics, BioMed, Bridge Building
STEM in the Cores
• Science Class Builds
• Technical Writing in English classes
• H/SS Renaissance Faire
• HiPerMath
• "Da Vinci Day" Event
• Stakeholder support (parents, teachers, students)
• School Board & District Office
• Alliance for Education
• Financial support
• New Campus Infrastructure

THE RESOURCES THAT GOT US HERE
• + 47 points on API, reaching 813; the highest growth in county
• Algebra 1 scores jumped 38%, to 68% Proficient & Advanced
• Math CMA scores up 23%, to 48% Proficient & Advanced
• Sixth grade reached 82% Proficient & Advanced on ELA CST
• Sixth grade reached 81% Proficient & Advanced on Math CST
• Sixth grade API alone would have been 901
• Low SES scores up 12% (ELA) and 14% (Math)

OUR FIRST YEAR RESULTS
• Strengthen Common Core Connections
• Develop STEM Performance Tasks
• Foster Long-Term Sustainability
• Grow the Program
• Give Back / Outreach
NEXT STEPS
Jim Stolze, Principal
jim_stolze@ycjusd.k12.ca.us

Mesa View Middle School
http://ycjusd.mesaview.schoolfusion.us
@MesaViewMiddle
CONTACT INFO
1. Start with the right teacher.
willing, able, excited, engaging
preferably a math or science teacher

2. Give that teacher some training.
PLTW, MESA, FLL, AutoCad

3. Start small.
one class, one club, one group, one event/activity

4. Grow the program incrementally.
...in the direction your teacher and kids take you
...by adding teachers, classes, gadgets

5. Collect supporters and sponsors.
parents, district, Board, county, businesses, colleges

6. Collect materials & resources.
robot kits, machine tools, raw materials, tech

7. Stay current.
Invent to Learn (Martinez & Stager)
Creating Innovators (Wagner)
Make: Magazine



ADVICE
source: San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
HAVE YOU EVER WISHED
ALL STUDENTS COULD...
...creatively
problem-solve
?
...
understand
complex software?
...work in true
collaborative
teams?
...
think
outside the box?
...use basic and powered hand
tools
?
...
apply
what they learned?
STEM Special Events
• NASCAR Day
• UC Riverside STEP Conference
• CIMI Catalina Field Trip
• Knott's Physics Day
• City of Yucaipa STEM Tour
• FLL Robotics
COMMON CORE CONNECTIONS
• STEM supports the district's conceptual beliefs and understandings about the CCSS.
• STEM connects with the Eight Standards of Mathematical Practice.
• STEM is an integral part of the Next Generation Science Standards.
• STEM links well with Webb's Depths of Knowledge (DOK) Cognitive Rigor Matrix

All of our students deserve the best education we can offer.
Most of our students have the ability to achieve the expectations of the CCSS when given the proper support.
Teaching is not easy and efficient. Implementing new standards will be challenging for teachers, students, parents, and administrators the first few years.
Teaching students conceptual understanding of the core subjects is engaging for teachers and students.
Our current system of standards and assessments has many flaws that have negatively impacted student learning.

YUCAIPA-CALIMESA JUSD
CCSS Beliefs & Understandings
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
EIGHT STANDARDS of MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE
NGSS: Dimension Three
"Students should learn how science is utilized, in particular through the engineering design process, and they should come to appreciate the distinctions and relationships between engineering, technology, and applications of science."
2008 – Year Zero
(25 students)
FLL Robotics funded by Alliance at Canyon MS (predecessor to Mesa View)

2009 – Year One
(36 students)
One section of Applied Science

2010 – Year Two
(72 students)
One section of Applied Science; one section of Advanced Studies

2011 – Year Three
(108 students)
Two sections of Applied Science; one section of Advanced Studies

2012 – Year Four
(800 students)
Two sections of Applied Science; one section of Advanced Design
One section of STEM 6; multiple sections experience week-long STEM units

THE HISTORY
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