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Experiential Learning in STEM

Course Coordinator:

Melanie Hobbs

About the course

Participant-Only Mini

STEM is experiential learning in the purist sense of the word. How can you investigate and ask questions like a scientist or design solutions to solve real-world problems like an engineer without experiential learning? You can’t! These customizable trainings come with a complete three-dimensional lesson plan aligned with the Framework for K-12 Science Education and hands-on activities to model the learning process through the eyes of students.

Seed Dispersal (K-2): Learn about the interdependent relationships in ecosystems; requires application of Science and Engineering Practices (making models, observation and recording of properties of various seeds and how seeds are dispersed).

It’s All About the Beaks (K-2): Exploration stations allow students to manipulate a tool that emulates the structure and function of a variety of bird beaks.

Get Your Glow On (K-2): Learn about bioluminescence and light.

Waves Aren’t Just at the Beach (3-5): Understanding the fundamentals of waves through designing a wave generator and a musical instrument.

STEM Through Project-Based Learning (3-5): Using the engineering design process to build a shock-absorbing lunar lander.

Human Impact: America’s Trash (6-8): Replicate the ways scientists and engineers observe, monitor and design solutions to minimize human impact on the environment.

Solution Design to a Human Impact on Environment Problem (9-12): Encompasses core ideas related to biodiversity, claims, evidence and reasoning, and designing solutions to supply clean water to global and local communities.

The Aeronauts Movie Lesson Collection (K-12): Using films to teach science; includes hands-on investigations across grade levels to explore layers of the atmosphere, properties of gas, weather instruments, air mass, volume, mass and density.

STEM Night/Makerspace Ideas (K-12): Learn about electricity circuits and water treatment systems.

Make Your Virtual Science POP! (K-12, virtual only): Use response cards, Jamboard, Padlet, escape rooms and Flipgrid to make virtual science pop.

Escape Rooms: Follow the Clue for Content Review (K-12, integrated subjects): Learn about ways to build and implement escape rooms in your classroom instruction.

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