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c a middle school stem mi champions
C-A Middle SchoolSTEM Mi-Champions

Lesley Laforest-Gould

Jill Osborn

Marie Preketes

Holly Rajewski

Dave Vanzile

Sandy Worthing

stem mi champions background
STEM Mi-Champions Background
  • The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) has been awarded a grant by the Michigan Department of Education to develop the expertise of teachers to use technology to improve student academic achievement. The purpose of the grant is to design and deliver a statewide model for professional development that will provide the skill set necessary for building based "Technology Integration Champions" at the local level. (MACUL, 2012)
  • CAMS is one of 21 schools in the state of Michigan participating in the 2011-2012 Pilot Cohort
our commitment
Our Commitment
  • Attended MACUL Conference 2011
  • Attended Summer Institute at the Wayne RESA for 3 days, summer of 2011
  • Developed 2 units and implemented one unit during the 2011-2012 school year
  • Professional Development (2 online sessions per year)
  • Presented our units at 2012 MACUL Conference
  • Attend Summer Institute 2 at Wayne RESA for 3 days, summer of 2012
  • Develop 2 more units and implement them during the 2012-2013 school year
  • Attend 2013 MACUL conference
our focus
Our Focus
  • To engage students in meaningful, hands-on learning experiences and provide them with authentic audiences
  • To incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math into our classrooms
  • To incorporate Project Based Learning and Universal Learning Designs
  • To teach students 21st Century Skills
project based learning
Project Based Learning
  • Provides Rigorous Learning Experiences
  • Students are pulled through the curriculum by meaningful questions, inquiry, and engaging in real-world problem solving.
  • Students demonstrate learning through the creation of a project which is presented to an authentic audience
  • Students work in collaborative teams during this process

(Hallermann & Almer, 2011)

21 st century skills
21st Century Skills
  • Build skills valuable for success in today‘s world
  • These skills include:
    • Critical thinking/problem solving
    • Collaboration
    • Communication
    • Creativity

(Hallermann & Almer, 2011)

our units

Our Units

Giving Students Voice

Have a Heart

Climate Change Debate

giving students voice
Giving Students Voice
  • Synopsis: Students are going to learn that their opinions make a difference through the use of written communication. They will learn the structure of a paragraph and then an essay. Students will present their essay on a school policy they would like changed to a group of administrators and post a review of a product/book on amazon.com.  
  • Driving Question: How can students use writing to influence the decision making of others?
have a heart
Have a Heart
  • Synopsis: Students explain how the different systems of the body work together and what can happen when the systems break down. Groups will present week long exercise plans that target improving the different systems of the body, particularly the circulatory system to decrease heart disease. Students will present their plan to the Occupational Therapist, Nutritionist/Cafeteria staff, and teacher who will decide the winning group. That group will teach a one day lesson to other classes in the school building.
  • Driving Question: How can we educate our peers about heart disease and reduce their chances of developing heart disease?
climate change debate
Climate Change Debate
  • Synopsis: Students will get into teams to debate climate change. They will choose a question and side- pro/con, natural/manmade, developed/developing countries needs and actions, regarding climate change. Their group will research using a mobile computer lab. They will create a presentation/ panel discussion to communicate their position and findings. Teams may choose to perform a formal debate that will be interactively broadcast to other schools through our gennet link. Otherwise, we will broadcast a selection of presentations/panel discussions. Each group will also have a poster/ display panel of their information. Individually, each student will have to write a argumentative persuasive paper that will be scored on a writing rubric.
  • Group Questions:
    • Is climate change occurring? Pro / Con
    • If climate change is occurring, is it natural or manmade? Natural / Manmade
    • Assuming Climate change is occurring what should be done about it? Perspective developing / developed countries
climate change debate continued
Climate Change Debate Continued:
  • Driving Question: How do choices that human beings make effect climate change? How can we as students learn the potential impact of climate change? How can we become informed and present possible solutions?
  • www.leadingpbl.org
  • http://www.macul.org/grantsawards/michampionsgrant/michampionssteminformation/
  • http://www.bie.org/
  • http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2009/02/project-tomorrow-stem-education-technology-use-in-k12-schools.html#tp
  • Hallermann, & Almer. (2011). PBL in the Elementary Grades. Novato: Buck Institute.
  • MACUL. (2012). MACUL. Retrieved May 10, 2012, from Mi Champions STEM Information : http://www.macul.org/grantsawards/michampionsgrant/michampionssteminformation/