The STEM Program will immerse students in a curriculum that joins together instructors and students, in an exploration of science, technology, and engineering design while addressing essential mathematic and scientific concepts and skills. Benchmarked to the national standards, each of the activities incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics, among others, into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce the classroom STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.
The content is an inquiry-based, experiential curriculum that is clearly defined and understood, where instructors and their students work together as active learners, and students’ diversity, individuality and uniqueness are recognized and respected. The content is related to real-world applications, encourages critical thinking, problem solving and team working, and reflects local, state and/or national standards.
The students will experience some of the problem-solving steps of the Engineering Design Experience. The EDE uses a problem-solving process favored by engineers in design teams and taught at many engineering schools across the country. The EDE provides a problem-solving context in which students design a product or solution to a problem. The students examine what must be accomplished and determine the target market; gather and synthesize information; predict a plausible solution; design, develop, and test a prototype or potential design, and prepare for a presentation of their design ideas.
All of the above will encourage participating students to explore STEM careers as a path to successful and productive lives.