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Closing the Gap With STEM Education: Why, What, and How


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Closing the Gap With STEM Education: Why, What, and How
Participants will learn why there is a growing need for STEM education in the United States, what STEM education is, how STEM education at the middle school level contributes to closing the gap, and how to successfully plan and implement a middle school program.
Ken Verburg Project Lead the Way - Lexington, SC

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Closing the Gap With STEM Education: Why, What, and How

  1. 1. GATEWAY PROGRAM Project Lead The Way 2
  2. 2. WHAT IS STEM?
  3. 3. Why?
  4. 4. STEM Education is TRANSFORMING Student Learning.
  6. 6. Engaging students early in STEM opens career doors for a larger, more diverse group Source: Microsoft
  7. 7. In a 2010 study, the majority (65%) of participating scientists and In a 2010 study, the majority (65%) of participating scientists and graduate students stated that their interest in science began before middle school –sa Exciting experiences in STEM at an early age help spark a lifelong passion Sources: R. Tai, C. Q. Liu, A. V. Maltese, and X. T. Fan. (2006). Planning for Early Careers in Science. Science 312(5777):1143–1144. A. V. Maltese and R. H. Tai. (2010). Eyeballs in the Fridge: Sources of Early Interest in Science. International Journal of Science Education 32:669–685.
  8. 8. PLTW offers a comprehensive Kindergarten to Career solution Elementary School Program Launching in 2014 Middle School Program Gateway To Technology High School Programs Pathway To Engineering & Biomedical Sciences College, career, and beyond
  9. 9. Gateway To Technology Activity, project, and problem-based engineering and biomedical science curriculum for middle school students that • Challenges • Inspires • Offers variety and flexibility 10
  10. 10. • Hands-on, rigorous, relevant, real-world experiences • The chance to use scientific sensors, Vex & ROBOTC, industry software (Revit, Inventor) • Opportunities to be creative and solve problems • The realization that there isn’t just one right answer11 Project-based learning gives students:
  11. 11. GTT grows student interest in PLTW’s advanced programs and STEM careersGateway To Technology Unit Pathway To Engineering and Biomedical Sciences PLTW Courses Automation and Robotics Principles of Engineering Computer Integrated Manufacturing Computer Science/Software Engineering Design and Modeling Introduction to Engineering Design Energy and the Environment Biotechnical Engineering Principles of Engineering Flight and Space Aerospace Engineering Green Architecture Civil Engineering and Architecture Medical Detectives Principles of the Biomedical Sciences Human Body Systems Medical Interventions Biomedical Innovation Magic of Electrons Digital Electronics Science of Technology Biotechnical Engineering Introduction to Engineering Design Principles of Engineering
  12. 12. GTT is challenging Communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and curiosity Students acquire knowledge and skills
  13. 13. By providing more success to more students GTT is inspirational
  14. 14. Gateway To Technology units 9 week units designed for grades 6-8 Specialized Units Design & Modeling Medical Detectives Automation & Robotics Flight & Space Science of Technology Energy and the Environment Green Architecture Magic of Electrons Foundation Units
  15. 15. Inspiring, challenging, and flexible How do Gateway To Technology students use the engineering design process to solve a problem? Students tackle the Playground Problem from the foundation unit Design & Modeling
  16. 16. Students use the design process to research, design, and model a playground
  17. 17. • Discuss playgrounds with community or school representative • Visit and “play” on an existing playground • Justify need for new or modified equipment playground Define the problem
  18. 18. • Generate concepts – Brainstorm ideas/themes – Interview younger students – Sketch favorite piece of equipment – How to innovate? – Sketch new piece of equipment • Conduct research – Safety – Size requirements – Materials – Longevity of use – Proper placement in playground Generate concepts and conduct research
  19. 19. • Sketch in engineering notebook • Create decision Matrix • Use Inventor to develop 3D CAD drawings Develop a solution Student work in Inventor
  20. 20. • Build scaled model of playground design • Requires new skillset and allows range of students to excel Construct and test model
  21. 21. • Evaluate the fun factor and safety factor • Assess material usage Evaluate solution
  22. 22. Present solution • Includes full team of students • Explain problem, constraints, research, design, testing, and more to playground committee
  23. 23. Proven PLTW model 24
  24. 24. Proven PLTW model 25
  25. 25. Proven PLTW model 26
  26. 26. Flexibility • Implement GTT in the best way to fit your school – GTT units as 9 week or semester courses? – Full school implementation or elective? – Every class every year?
  27. 27. HOW TO GET IT DONE!
  28. 28. STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION FALL/SPRING • Visit the Web site to learn more. • Contact your PLTW State Leader or Regional Director regarding state education guidelines. • Locate and visit a PLTW school to learn first-hand how PLTW is implemented and sustained. • Share marketing materials to increase awareness. • Select a School District Delegate. • Complete the online registration form and receive the PLTW STEM Agreement. • Review the Purchasing Manual for equipment and supply needs. • Sign up for a Counselor Conference.
  29. 29. STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION SPRING • Return the signed PLTW STEM Agreement to the PLTW national office. • Identify teachers who meet the recommendations set forth by PLTW in the PLTW STEM Agreement. • Add teachers to the PLTW Extranet. • Have teachers register for a Core Training session. • Purchase software, supplies and equipment through the PLTW Purchasing Manual.
  30. 30. APPENDIX Ken Verburg, Director of School Engagement 31