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What to Expect in. What is STEM?. The Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics A school within a school Elevated GPA Credit The STEM Academy uses Project Based Learning, or PBL. Classes are designed to teach 21 st Century skills. 21 st Century Skills.

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what is stem
What is STEM?
  • The Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • A school within a school
  • Elevated GPA Credit
  • The STEM Academy uses Project Based Learning, or PBL.
  • Classes are designed to teach 21st Century skills.
21 st century skills
21st Century Skills
  • Skills that students will need in order to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Work Ethic
  • Communication
  • Oral and Written Presentation Skills
  • Working in a Team Dynamic
project based learning
Project Based Learning
  • PBL for short.
  • Real-world problems.
  • You get to find the solution to the problem.
how is pbl different from regular learning
How is PBL different from regular learning?
  • You have been learning in a “traditional” classroom for the past nine years.
  • PBL is not a “traditional” classroom.
  • Projects to learn concepts vs. learning concepts to do a projects
but i ve done projects before
But I’ve Done Projects Before
  • In a regular classroom, concepts and content are learned first, then a project is assigned to reinforce those concepts.
  • In STEM, the project is used to actually learn those concepts.
  • In order to complete projects, you must learn certain concepts.
  • PBL Projects always have a “Driving Question.”
driving question
Driving Question
  • The central focus of a project.
  • It’s a question that helps to focus the project.
  • The final product should be the answer to the driving question.
working in teams
Working in Teams
  • In STEM and PBL, you will be working in teams.
  • Teams can be 2, 3, 4 or 5 members.
  • You are responsible to each of your team members.
  • Each person will be assigned different tasks within the team.
  • Each team member can be responsible for a different element of the project.
the process
The Process
  • Differences in Regular Classes vs. STEM Classes
regular classes











Regular Classes



Complete a project to make sure the

students understand the concepts taught.

stem classes



Knows &

Needs to Know


Learn concepts needed

to complete project



Revise & Edit

What needs to be

Changed? Added?


Rubric Check

Check your work

against all project rubrics



STEM Classes

Project Planning

Team Planning


Due Dates

Discovery &


What concepts do

I need to know

to complete

this project?

entry document
Entry Document
  • Could be a letter, a clip from a movie, a report of some kind, a Prezzi, a power point, anything!
  • Will present a “problem” that needs to be solved.
  • It is your job to figure out the solution to the problem.
knows need to knows
Knows/Need to Knows
  • What do you already know about the project?
  • What do you need to learn in order to complete the project?
  • Examples: Concepts, Formulas, Data, Skills
project planning management
Project Planning & Management
  • Project timelines/due dates
    • Deadlines
  • Assignment of teams
  • Team tasks and duties/roles
  • Contracts
    • Team Roles
    • Obligations to Teams
    • Steps to Firing
discovery inquiry
Discovery & Inquiry
  • You will need to inquire, or ask and seek answers.
  • What resources do you have to answer your questions?
  • Facilitators will hold workshops to teach concepts that are new or confusing to the students.
  • Usually fairly short (under 20 minutes)
  • Can be held for all students in the class.
  • Can be just for a small number of students.
  • Can be planned by facilitator.
  • Can be impromptu.
  • Can be requested by the student.
revising editing
Revising & Editing
  • Make corrections
  • Ask yourself these questions:
    • How does my work relate to the Driving Question?
    • Is my work accurate?
    • How can I make this better?
    • What do I need to change? add? delete?
rubric check
Rubric Check
  • With EVERY Project, you will be provided a Rubric.
  • Continually refer back to the rubric.
final product
Final Product
  • Usually involves Oral and/or Written Presentations.
    • Making Movies
    • Tri-fold Posters
    • Game Boards
    • Trebuchet
    • 3-D and 4-D Computer Models
  • Could be formal or informal
  • Should answer the Driving Question
project de brief
Project De-Brief
  • Students and facilitators will communicate about the project.
  • Different Forms
    • Fish Bowl
    • Written Essay
    • Online Quiz
  • Asks many types of questions
    • What worked? What didn’t?
    • What did you like? What did you not like?
    • Did you learn the concepts you were supposed to learn?
    • Personal Reflections