CONT 951: “Teaching STEM in Grades 11 & 12”, has included a comprehensive overview of what STEM education represents and has helped me generate ideas to bring STEM learning opportunities to the students at my school. Developing a STEM program, receiving support from colleagues and administration, and having time to collaborate, are important factors in being able to create a culture and design an environment that allows for enriched learning in the field of STEM.
The Design Cycle
In module 3, we learned about the iterative nature of the engineering design cycle, the importance of developing
grit, and 3D printing technology.
Curriculum, Core Competencies, & Makerspaces
In module 4, we investigated the curriculum for Robotics 11/12, Engineering 11/12, and Remotely Operated Vehicles and Drones 12. We compared the design cycle to the design for life cycle, analyzed the similarities and differences between robotics and engineering, and explored educational uses for drones and remotely operated vehicles.
Project/Problem-Based Learning and Technology
In module 5, we explored many topics including the differences between projects and project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, student choice, student voice, collaboration, and
the differences between Raspberry Pi and Arduinos.
Assessment and Involvement in STEM
In module 6, we discussed the strengths and challenges of project-based learning, rubrics, student self-assessment, co-creating assessments, STEM programs, and developing mentorship programs.