Many avoid post-secondary science and engineering programs because of their math requirements. A survey of math and CTE teachers showed that students lack pre-algebra skills. This leads to difficulty in all subsequent math, science, and technical courses.
Projects create a need to know and motivation to learn math. They add relevance, authentic problem solving, and 21st century skills to math content.Hands-on, contextualized activities show students that math can be enjoyable, useful, and important. This increases achievement and retention.
STEM in Action-ConnectEd
STEM in ActionWhat it looks Like Pier Sun Ho Associate Director for Pathway and Curriculum Development
Boat Building Challenge • 10 minutes • Teams of two • Boat must hold 100 g Hull volume > 100 cm31 plastic sheet + 1 ruler + 1 roll of tape + 2 hex nuts
Industry Sectors Provide theContext for STEM integration 5
Linked Learning“A multi-year, comprehensive and personalized approach to high school that integrates hands-on academic and technical study, and is organized around a broad theme, interest area or industry sector”
Linked Learning Principles• Pathways prepare students for both postsecondary education and careers• Pathways lead to a full range of postsecondary and career opportunities• Pathways connect academics to real world experiences• Pathways improve student achievement 7
Industry sectors provide real-worldproblems and project to contextualize learning 8
Health Science Integrated Units• AIDS• Career exploration• Communicable diseases• Complementary and alternative medicine• Ethics• Health insurance• Nutrition• Tobacco and smoking• Workplace injuries 13
Engineering Integrated Units• 3D modeling• Bridge design• Catapult design• Reverse engineering• Green building architecture • Residential • Commercial• Circuit Design• Robotics 14