Archive for November, 2013


Agriculture and Environmental Science Teachers Explore STEM Practices and Content

on November 29, 2013 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Comments Off on Agriculture and Environmental Science Teachers Explore STEM Practices and Content

9th-12th grade Agriculture and Environmental Science Teachers were introduced to STEM practices and content during a two-day STEM teacher training I recently conducted. The two-day training started off with introducing teachers to critical thinking, inquiry-based teaching and learning, reflective journaling in the STEM classroom, and the Engineering Design Process. I selected hands-on, inquiry and standards-based investigations that would make direct correlations to 9th-12th grade Agriculture and Environmental Science Benchmarks, as well as connecting to Common Core. Teachers conducted investigations with solar energy, using solar cells and simple electrical devices such as buzzers, flashlight bulbs, etc. Their engineering design challenge was to design, construct, and test a solar cooker using limited materials, and having a maximum mass of 400grams. Solar cooker data was collected and recorded over a two-day period. Modifications were made to the solar cookers throughout the two-days accordingly. Teachers were also introduced to weathering and erosion concepts, using the schoolyard and neighboring areas for STEM walks to focus on agriculture and environmental science concepts. During the STEM walks teachers collected live insects and snails, as well as vegetative samples to study further in the classroom using digital microscopes, etc. Teachers also were introduced to the use of digital tools during STEM walks such as: hydrometers, windmeters, digital thermometers, pH probes, portable digital microscopes, etc.

This was a great two-day STEM teacher training session. To see the Agricultural Science teachers wandering through the nearby sugar cane fields to gather specimens was awesome. I’m certain that the participants of this STEM training will definitely be incorporating STEM practices and content within their lessons, the teachers were able to see the power of STEM education as a means to transform education and their teaching styles. The following photos are from the STEM teacher training.

 

 

Connecting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Across the Curriculum

on November 26, 2013 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Comments Off on Connecting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Across the Curriculum

Was really excited to have one of my STEM clients, Beaches Episcopal School share how the English Department was connecting STEM Edmund Fitzgeraldpractices and content into their lessons. The 6th Grade English teacher introduced the “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” to his students. They studied the actual wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, an American Great Lakes Freighter which sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975 carrying 26 tons of iron ore, with the loss of the entire crew of 29.  Students also studied the weather of the Great Lakes, shipping on the lakes, geography of the lakes, they finished up the unit by designing, constructing boats out of recycled materials. Students tested the boats to see how many pennies (iron ore) the boats could hold before they sank. The following photos are samples of some of the boats the 6th grade students at Beaches Episcopal School designed, built, and tested.

 

 

STEM Edmund Fitzgerald Wreck

STEM Edmund Fitzgerald Wreck

STEM Edmund Fitzgerald Wreck

 

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