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1 Innovation & Design STEM in Grades 3-8 Warren Township Public Schools

2 Presenters Mrs. Mary Ellen Roberts, Technology Supervisor Mrs. Wendy Piller, Gifted & Talented Teacher Mrs. Sheila Connelly, Technology Teacher Dr. Susan Kline, Gifted & Talented Teacher Mr. Ernest Monaco, Technology Arts Teacher Mr. Steven Verger, Technology Teacher

3 About Our District Warren Township - Somerset County, NJ District Factor Group: I K-8 District 4 Elementary Schools (K-5) 1 Middle School Number of Students: 2000+

4 Why We Did It Brought to district by new Superintendent in order to: Enrich district programs to foster academic rigor Increase technology integration in the classroom Meet engineering component of technology standards Provide opportunities for enhancing 21 st Century skills

5 Getting Started Visited Readington Public Schools NJ Observed 7 th grade class Talked with staff & administration about program Researched available curricular options Tailored the program to our districts needs: Staffing Curriculum Schedule

6 Curriculum Elementary Schools New Program Based on ITEEA I 3 Project Modifications for: Technology Integration Collaboration/Teamwork Grade Appropriateness Middle School Revamped Technology Arts Program Based on ITEEA EbD Project Modifications for: Technology Integration Hands-On Projects Textbook Integration Curriculum Development: Monthly After-School Meetings Summer Work Release Time ITEEA: INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION I³ Project: Invention-Innovation-Inquiry Units for Technological Literacy for Grades 3-5 EbD Project: Engineering by Design Units for Technology-Invention-Innovation-Technological Systems Units for Grades 6-8

7 Staffing (Co-Teachers) Elementary Schools Technology Teachers To ensure technology integration Gifted & Talented Teachers To promote higher-level thinking Middle School Technology Teacher To innovate & support technology integration Technology Arts Teacher To ensure technology arts integration with problem solving & critical thinking activities

8 Funding & Resources Board of Education approved funding: Nonconsumables Students needed sturdy workspace for building – new chairs/stools/tables Technology – Dell DUO Inspiron tablets Storage and Bins to secure student projects Tools – pliers, hammers, saws*, glue guns* Consumables Building materials – wood, various cardboards, wire, clay, screws, etc. Project Kits: Racecars, Windmills, Earthquake Towers, etc. Resources: Provide team planning/sharing time Review of curriculum success and problems to adjust programs Articulation between Elementary and Middle schools: Future Plans *Requires Adult Supervision

9 Scheduling Elementary Schools: 3 rd grade – One 12-week unit – Mid-year marking period 4 th & 5 th grades – Two 10 week units, first and last marking periods Replaced traditional computer science classes for designated timeframe Middle School: 6 th, 7 th and 8 th grades - Required elective at all grade levels 5 week cycle, meets every day

10 Administrator/District View ---- Was this a good choice? Resulted in discussions about addressing 21 st Century Skills Modified existing programs to achieve new standards Delivered a new program and curriculum revision Became part of district initiative for 21 st Century Teaching and Learning Provided for greater elementary student readiness for middle school technology arts program

11 Elementary Program ITEEA I 3 program – Innovation, Invention, Inquiry Originally developed for grades 5 and 6 - Modified for students grades 3 -5 Units – Technological Systems, Construction, Innovation, Invention, Power & Energy Main Focus: EDP – Engineering Design Process Other Lessons: Teamwork RubricRubric Tablet usage RubricRubric Writing test plans FormForm Self-directed learning Mechanical Toy Checklist Mechanical Toy Checklist Measurement Time & Resource Management Presentations Creating diagrams Tool safety


13 Co-Teaching Common Planning Tool Safety – Benefit Two Sets of Eyes! Act as Engineering Consultants: Approve Designs Hand Out Materials (Gatekeeper) Refining Lessons: Differentiation Instructional Methods Instructional Resources Class Routines Build Each Others Skills: 21 st Century Teaching

14 Just like in real life, you never have enough time, money, or materials. Use your resources wisely. Things to Remember – Words to the Wise

15 Technology Integration Senteos (Student Response Systems) for Pre & Post-Tests One Note/Google Docs: Collaboration Reading, Writing, and Diagram Creation Video Lessons & Demonstrations

16 Platform for 21 st Century Teaching Student Directed Learning*: Analytic Rubrics Checklists Instructional Videos Using Models/Examples Classroom Management Techniques For Example: Self-Dismissal See Students Taking Charge by Nancy Sulla Eye On Education Publisher, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-59667-185-0

17 Outcomes 100% Engagement Opportunity for different students to shine Higher order discussions by students Cause/effect What if? Empathy Inclusion Full cycle – student evaluates and corrects instead of teacher Greater understanding More responsibility Think first

18 Middle School Program Grades 6, 7 and 8: Required Cycle as Part of the Warren Middle School Elective Program

19 Grade 6 Overview Design & Engineering Air & Space Technologies Project- Solid Fuel Rocket

20 Grade 7 Overview Computer Aided Design Structural Engineering Project- Earthquake Tower

21 Grade 8 - Overview Land & Water Transportation Applied Physics Project – CO 2 RACECAR

22 STEM CURRICULUM Science Technology Engineering Math Student Textbook Chapters Aligned to Course Materials

23 SCIENCE Systematic knowledge of the physical world, gained through observation and experimentation Applied Physics Physics of Motion Newtons Laws of Motion Physics of Work Simple Machines

24 Technology Takes place when people use their knowledge to extend their abilities, satisfy needs and wants, and solve problems. Examples: How can we go to the Moon? How can we make an Earthquake proof building? How can we design and build a faster dragster?


26 Engineering Engineer: A person who uses his or her knowledge of Science, Technology, Math and Communication to solve technical design problems. Example: Design a structure that can withstand the forces of an earthquake. Design and build a CO2 Race Car that will travel the distance of the track as fast as possible.


28 Mathematics The systematic treatment of magnitude, relationships between figures and forms, and relations between quantities expressed symbolically Examples: Force = mass x acceleration or F=m x a Work = force x distance or W=f x d Speed = distance/time or S=d/t

29 Project Example- CO2 Race Car 1. Scientific principles behind project 2. Math calculations 3. Engineering - designing an aerodynamic race car using the scientific principals that were learned 4. Students do a build out using simple tools and balsa wood as a materials

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