Integrative STEM Education

Integrative STEM Education

Integrative STEM Education – Making the connections in secondary education
Integrative STEM Education is about intentionally combining math and science concepts with technology and engineering skills to solve problems. Students who engage in integrative STEM projects in order to solve authentic problems develop communication and collaboration skills, as well as sustained interest in STEM disciplines and increased competency levels.

 

Project-Based Approach
The STEM courses are designed with an emphasis on project-based learning with real-world scenarios. Each STEM course is presented with a Project Challenge, whose overarching path is proposed to students at the start of the course. Students then use the Engineering Design Process to complete various Support Projects as they progress on the Challenge path.

 

Making connections through a learning cluster environment
The “learning cluster” approach of our Integrative STEM solution is inherently flexible and allows a STEM classroom to consist of modules from all clusters, specific clusters, or a variety of each. The courses are assigned to one of the three learning clusters: Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Environmental Discovery. Each course in our STEM solution allows students the opportunity to explore real-world problems, reflect on the  problem-solving process, develop design solutions, and solve problems in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

 

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Advanced Manufacturing
The manufacturing landscape is changing thanks to the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advancement of sensors, and the innovative technologies that are used to improve products and processes.

The Advanced Manufacturing cluster consists of STEM courses that teach the foundation of advanced manufacturing through practical application that emphasizes innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking using hands-on training systems.

Topics:

  • Engineering and Stress Analysis
  • Plastics
  • Exploring Mechanisms
  • CNC Lathe
  • Aerodynamics
  • Computer-Aided Design with 3D Printing
  • CNC Mill
  • Fiber Optics and Lasers
  • Introduction to Process Engineering
 
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Mechatronics
Mechatronics integrates the fields of mechanical, electronics, and computer science. The Mechatronics cluster consists of STEM courses that present an innovative problem-based approach to teaching mechatronics using hands-on trainers and robotic systems.

Topics:

  • Exploring Electronics
  • Exploring Electricity
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Exploring Mechatronics
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Environmental Discovery
Environmental discovery connects students to the world around them. Students acquire knowledge about both natural and built environments, enabling them to make connections so they can examine how and why things happen in order to make their own decisions about environmental issues.

The Environmental Discovery cluster explores the impact of conservation and sustainability using hands-on, interactive, problem-based learning. 

Topics:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Environmental Technology – Water