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2014 THROUGH 2019 ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL STEM Innovations in MCPS
Achievement for All June 2019 Learning Benchmarks ….. At least one thematic career academy implemented in each urban high school. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics— known as STEM--education implemented K-12. Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards are embedded in instructional delivery. …..
Why is STEM Education important? “We need to educate our children for their future, not our past.” Arthur C. Clark What is the value of STEM? Students need STEM education for so many important reasons. STEM helps children learn to understand the world around them as they discover how to examine, evaluate, and use information. They are inspired to wonder, question, think for themselves, be creative and to take initiative and direct their own futures and learning. STEM education provides opportunities for students to work collaboratively with others, observe and appreciate each other’s strengths and accept what each individual has to offer. With STEM students also learn to work through challenges, to persevere and not give up. Failure as a process of learning is also important for children to learn so they become resilient in their endeavors. from North Tama County Community Schools
What is STEM Education? STEM IS THE INTEGRATION OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS INTO A NEW TRANS-DISCIPLINARY SUBJECT IN SCHOOLS
What is STEM Education? STEM is the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics content as a vehicle to develop 21st Century skills. While STEM can be considered a conduit to career pathways at the secondary level, it is also a philosophy for implementing best practices and student-directed learning at all levels. The heart of STEM education is authentic learning and student empowerment, where students take action in their lives and communities based on their learning. STEM practices integrate constructivism, inquiry, and problem- based learning.
What is STEM Education? STEM education integrates an inquiry approach to science instruction, provides opportunities to enhance student success, engagement, self-esteem, and a desire to communicate. The process begins with students’ interests, curiosities, and experiences. Students ask questions that spark investigations and research to answer those questions. Students gather data, observe results, and draw conclusions as documentation of their findings. Inquiry promotes critical thinking skills, high levels of responsibility for learning, and a passion for writing about and sharing what has been discovered.
STEM Innovations in MCPS WHY Project Lead The Way? Historically, science and math have been taught in isolation. The project-based aspects of the Project Lead The Way curriculum give students a chance to apply what they know, identify a problem, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning, rather than be passive recipients of information in a question-and-answer, right-or-wrong learning environment. When students understand how their education is relevant to their lives and future careers, they get excited, and that is why PLTW students are successful.
STEM Innovations in MCPS PLTW programs are developed using the following approach and guiding tenets: Collaboration: PLTW seeks ongoing input and feedback from students, teachers, administrators, and subject matter experts. Its work is also informed by current research and experts in academics and industry. Research/Evidence-Based: The format for PLTW follows Wiggins and McTighe’s approach, Understanding by Design®, to develop a cohesive and coherent instructional path for students. Problem-Based: PLTW designs activity-based, project-based, and problem- based experiences to prepare students to solve problems. This approach creates scaffolding for student learning and provides the rigor and relevance that engages and empowers all of our students.
STEM Innovations in MCPS PLTW courses are aligned with Common Core State Standards in math and English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and other national and state standards. Yet, PLTW programs are flexible and customizable so that our schools can meet local curricular and community needs. PLTW courses are designed to complement math and science courses offered by a school and in some instances are used as the core curriculum.
STEM Innovations in MCPS ELEMENTARY Project Lead The Way LAUNCH
STEM Innovations in MCPS 65% of scientists and graduate students in a 2010 study stated that their interest in science began before middle school….
Project Lead The Way LAUNCH in MCPS Elementary Schools PLTW LAUNCH introduces young minds to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Engaging students at a young age builds confidence, grows interest, and puts them on course for strong accomplishments in middle school, high school, and beyond. With LAUNCH kindergarten through fifth grade, students become problem solvers. They use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They also apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes. Perseverance is the key. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more engaging. Launch was designed to offer maximum flexibility and work in a variety of settings and scenarios, meaning that each school can create an implementation model that works in its community.
Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary Project Lead The Way Launch Pilot Site—one of 48 in the nation SummerProject Lead The Way Launch 2014Training at UM—Initiated with PK-20 Grant Project Lead the Way Launch Implementation at all grade levels K-5. The descriptions of the PLTW Launch modules include modules that are available in the 2014 release. Twelve additional PLTW Launch modules are in development to be released in 2015.
Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary Kindergarten 1 Structure and Function: Exploring Design Students will discover the design process and how engineers influence their lives. Identifying products around them that were designed by an engineer, asking questions that engineers might ask as they designed the product, and determining the structure and function of items represent student exploration of structure and function. Working in small groups, students will design, build, and test a structure from available materials to withstand a force. Students apply newly acquired knowledge and skills as they utilize the design process to design, sketch, build, test, and reflect on a new tool design.
Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary Kindergarten 2 Structure and Function: Pushes and Pulls As students investigate different pushes and pulls on the motion of an object, they will develop knowledge and skills related to forces of differing strengths and directions. The exploration will include pushes and pulls found in their everyday world. The students will be challenged to refine a design and successfully solve a problem. Students will reflect on the effect of modifying the strength or direction of a force.
Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary
First Grade 1.1 Light and Sound Students will investigate light and sound, including vibration from sound waves and the effect of different materials on the path of a beam of light. After students develop understandings of light and sound, they will be challenged to design a model to solve a design problem. The students will use the design process to sketch, build, test, and reflect on a device that uses light or sound to communicate over a distance.
Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary First Grade 1.2 Light: Observing the Sun, Moon, and Stars After observing the sun, moon, and stars, students will identify and describe patterns in their recorded data. Students will build upon their knowledge of light to design, build, test, and reflect on a device designed to solve a problem related to the patterns of the sun. After evaluating their design, students will share their findings and ideas for ways to improve the device based on the testing data.
Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary Kate Farnes…PLTW Master Professional Developer…
Second Grade 2.1 Materials Science: Properties of Matter In this exploration of materials science, students will investigate and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties, including color, texture, and heat conduction. After analyzing data from materials testing, the students will apply their knowledge and skills to determine the best material to solve a design problem. Students will analyze how well the model solved the problem and determine improvements that could be made to their design. Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary
Second Grade 2.2 Materials Science: Form and Function Students will research the variety of ways animals disperse seeds and pollinate plants. Students will expand their understanding of properties of matter as they consider the form and function involved in seed dispersal and pollination. Students gain understanding of form and function and how each concept informs design. The design problem requires students to apply their knowledge and skills to design, build, and test a device that mimics one of the ways animals either disperse seeds or pollinate plants. Students will reflect on the efficiency of their design and how it was informed by nature. Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary
Third Grade 3.1 Stability and Motion: Science of Flight Students are engaged in developing an understanding of the forces involved in flight as well as Newton’s Laws of Motion. Discovering computer-aided design, students use basic descriptive geometry as a component of design. Students apply their knowledge and skills to design, build, and test an experimental model glider to explore forces that affect flight. In addition they will modify their glider design as they solve a real-world problem. Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary
Third Grade 3.2 Stability and Motion: Forces and Interaction Students will explore simple machines such as wheel and axles, levers, the inclined plane and more as they investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Additionally, magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other will be explored through a hands-on project. Finally, students apply their knowledge of mechanisms and magnetic interactions as part of a solution to a design problem. Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary
Third Grade animal rescue design problem….
Fourth Grade 4.1 Energy: Collisions Student exploration of mechanisms will include investigations of how mechanisms change energy by transferring direction, speed, type of movement, and force. Students discover a variety of ways that potential energy can be stored and released as kinetic energy. Citing evidence, students explain the relationship between the speed of an object and the energy of that object. They also predict the transfer of energy as a result of a collision between two objects. As students solve the problem for this module, they will apply their knowledge and skills related to energy transfer in collisions to develop a vehicle restraint system. Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary
Fourth Grade 4.2 Energy: Conversion As students learn about forms of energy, they identify the conversion of energy between forms and the energy transfer required to move energy from place to place. Students will identify and explain how energy can be converted to meet a human need or want. After exploring energy conversion and transfer, students apply scientific ideas about the conversion of energy to solve a simple design problem. The problem requires students to design a system that is able to store energy and then convert the energy to a usable form as it is released. Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary
Fifth Grade 5.1 Robotics and Automation Student exploration of robotics will include ways that robots are used in today's world and the impact of their use on society and the environment. Students will learn about a variety of robotic components as they build and test mobile robots that may be controlled remotely. The design problem provides an opportunity for students to apply their robotic skills and knowledge to solve a real-world problem related to environmental disaster cleanup. Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary
Fifth Grade 5.2 Robotics and Automation: Challenge Students will expand their understanding of robotics as they explore mechanical design and computer programming. The focus for this module centers on developing skills needed to build and program autonomous robots. Students develop programming skills in a variety of platforms, including tablet applications and browser- based programming environments. Finally, students apply the robotic knowledge and skills they have developed to build and program an autonomous robot to solve a real-world design problem. Project Lead The Way Hawthorne Elementary
Project Lead The Way MCPS Elementary Schools Chief Charlo3 rd grade and 4 th grade RussellK, 1 st, 2 nd, 3 rd, 4 th, 5 th Paxson1 st grade and 4 th grade LowellK, 1 st, 2 nd, 3 rd, 4 th
Project Lead The Way MCPS Elementary Schools What’s next for elementary? Complete grade levels at Chief Charlo, Paxson and Lowell. Initiate PLTW at Cold Springs, Lewis &Clark, and Franklin. Add new modules for all schools. At this time, Rattlesnake is addressing science standards through a site developed, place based, environmental focus.
STEM INNOVATIONS in MCPS Middle School Project Lead The Way GATEWAY
Project Lead The Way GATEWAY in MCPS Middle Schools GATEWAY Engages students' NATURAL CURIOSITY AND IMAGINATION….. Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore and learn that there is more than one way to reach a solution. PLTW Gateway provides engineering and biomedical science curriculum for middle school students that challenges, inspires, and offers schools variety and flexibility. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-based, project-based, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.
Project Lead The Way C. S. Porter Middle School , continuing Exploratories Design and Modeling6 th and 7 th grade Automation and Robotics8 th grade Science Curriculum Science of Technology8 th grade (new )
Project Lead The Way C. S. Porter Middle School , Continuing 6 th &7 th grades Design and Modeling Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.
Project Lead The Way C.S. Porter Middle School Design and modeling….
Project Lead The Way C.S. Porter Middle School Design and Modeling….
Project Lead The Way C. S. Porter Middle School Beginning….
Project Lead The Way C.S. Porter Middle School Middle….
Project Lead The Way C. S. Porter Middle School End…..Using the 3-D Printer
Project Lead The Way C. S. Porter Middle School , Continuing 8 th Grade Automation and Robotics Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
Project Lead The Way C.S. Porter Middle School Accurate measurement required…..
Project Lead The Way C. S. Porter Middle School th Grade Science Science of Technology Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. Students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to STEM activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano- materials.
Project Lead The Way Meadow Hill Middle School , continuing Exploratories Introduction to Engineering6 th grade Design and Modeling7 th grade Medical Detectives7 th grade (new ) Green Architecture8 th grade (new ) Automation and Robotics8 th grade
Project Lead The Way Meadow Hill Middle School , continuing 6 th Grade Introduction to Engineering Introduction to engineering uses the introductory lessons for Design and Modeling and then looks into the various fields of engineering utilizing engineers from the community. By teaching Introduction to Engineering in 6 th grade students get further in Design and Modeling in 7 th grade.
Project Lead The Way Meadow Hill Middle School , continuing 7 th Grade Design and Modeling Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.
Project Lead The Way Meadow Hill Middle School continuing 7 th Grade Medical Detectives Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.
Project Lead The Way Meadow Hill Middle School th Grade Green Architecture Today’s students have grown up in an age of “green” choices. In this unit, students learn how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.
Project Lead The Way Meadow Hill Middle School
Project Lead The Way Meadow Hill Middle School , —continuing 8 th Grade Automation and Robotics Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
Project Lead The Way Washington Middle School continuing Exploratories Introduction to Engineering6 th grade Design and Modeling7 th and 8 th grade Medical Detectives8 th grade (new )
Project Lead The Way Washington Middle School , continuing 6 th grade Introduction to Engineering Introduction to engineering uses the introductory lessons for Design and Modeling and then looks into the various fields of engineering utilizing engineers from the community. By teaching Introduction to Engineering in 6 th grade students get further in Design and Modeling in 7 th grade.
Project Lead The Way Washington Middle School , continuing 7 th and 8 th Grade Design and Modeling Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.
Project Lead The Way Washington Middle School , continuing 8 th Grade Medical Detectives Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.
Project Lead The Way Washington Middle School Medical detectives search for clues….
Project Lead The Way MCPS Middle Schools Foundation Units Design & Modeling Automation & Robotics In place in all three MCPS middle schools. Specialization Units Energy & the Environment Flight & Space Science of Technology (CSP) Magic of Electrons Green Architecture (MHMS) Medical Detectives (MHMS. WMS) Each middle school will continue to integrate specialization units.
STEM Innovations in MCPS High School Project Lead The Way Biomedical, Engineering, Computer Science
STEM Innovations in MCPS Health Science Academy at Big Sky High School
Health Science Big Sky High School Career Academy A STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) career academy is a great example of 21st century learning. It is an academic program that merges real-world experience through occupational coursework and job skills with the rigor of college-prep academics. Career academies have shown to improve student attendance, grades, college enrollment and successful completion of post-secondary degrees.
Health Science Big Sky High School Mission: Provide Relevancy The Health Science Academy’s mission is to provide students with an intellectually challenging and relevant education in a small, supportive environment. Every student enrolled will not only complete high school, but will do so with the knowledge and skills to be successful in a post-secondary educational program. The academy’s teachers and administrators will work with parents and community partners to develop opportunities through which students can become exceptional and well-rounded scholars and citizens. The curriculum will be college-preparatory with a focus on careers in the medical health sciences and in veterinary/animal science.
Health Science Big Sky High School Vision: Develop Young Professionals The academy is supported by a vision that all students will develop into thoughtful, responsible and confident adults who are prepared to excel in both their post-secondary education and career(s). Utilizing local medical centers, health clinics, educational institutions and businesses as integral partners, the Academy will motivate students to continue their education in pursuit of their dreams, and inspire them to work in and contribute to the Missoula community.
Health Science Big Sky High School Biomedical Science The rigorous and relevant four-course PLTW Biomedical Science (STEM) sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities such as investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future. Each course in the Biomedical Science sequence builds on the skills and knowledge students gain in the preceding courses. Big Sky offers the three PLTW Biomedical Science foundation courses over a period of three academic years from the start of implementation and will also offer the fourth year capstone course.
Health Science Big Sky High School Planning Year Staff Training, Externships Year 1 Human Body Systems Project Lead The Way Biomedical
Health Science Big Sky High School Year 1 Human Body Systems Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.
Health Science Big Sky High School Human body systems….
Health Science Big Sky High School How about that brain!
Health Science Big Sky High School Year 2 Human Body Systems Principles of Biomedical Science Project Lead The Way Biomedical
Health Science Big Sky High School Year 2 Principles of Biomedical Science In Principles of Biomedical Science, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.
Health Science Big Sky High School Year 3 Human Body Systems Principles of Biomedical Science Medical Interventions Project Lead The Way Biomedical
Health Science Big Sky High School Year 3 Medical Interventions Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.
Health Science Big Sky High School Year 4 NEXT YEAR Human Body Systems Principles of Biomedical Science Medical Interventions Biomedical Innovation Project Lead The Way Biomedical
Health Science Big Sky High School Year 4 Capstone Course—Biomedical Innovation In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from UM, one of Missoula’s medical facilities, or other research opportunity.
Health Science Big Sky High School Health Science Academy students take a full compliment of academic courses themed, where possible, to biomedical topics. The biomedical focus gives students real world applications for what they are learning in English, math, social studies and science. Health Science Academy students participate in sports and a wide variety of activities beyond the academy. The Agriculture Center at Big Sky offers unique opportunities to Health Science Academy students who enjoy working with animals or want to pursue some type of veterinary career.
Health Science Big Sky High School Occupation Examples—Health Science--Big Sky Pathways Athletic Trainer, Certified Nursing Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant/Hygienist, Dental Lab Technician, EMT/Paramedic, Home Health Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse, Massage Therapist, Pharmacist/Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapist/Assistant, Radiologic Technician, Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, Audiologist, Chiropractor, Dentist, Dietician, Exercise Physiologist, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Physician (MD/DO), Physician’s Assistant, Surgical Tech, Speech Language Pathologist, Mammographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Medical Librarian/Cybrarian, Radiologist, Phlebotomist, Medical Technologist/Clinical, Laboratory Scientist, Nutritionist, Pathologist, Veterinarian— And, when combined with other interests, the sky’s the limit..... Medical Billing, Health Reporter, Hospital Architect, Medical Attorney
STEM Innovations in MCPS Engineering at Sentinel High School
Project Lead The Way ENGINEERING in MCPS High Schools Advance students' ability to innovate, think critically, and collaborate to solve problems….. PLTW Engineering is a unique high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation. PLTW Engineering influences students’ post-secondary decisions and helps shape their future. Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career.
Project Lead The Way Sentinel High School Introduction to Engineering and Design Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. Project Lead The Way Engineering
Project Lead The Way Sentinel High School Looking at things from several angles…..
Project Lead The Way Sentinel High School Seeing from many different angles…..
Project Lead The Way Sentinel High School
Getting from this….
Project Lead The Way Sentinel High School To this….
Project Lead The Way Sentinel High School Possibly in Principles Of Engineering Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Project Lead The Way Engineering
Project Lead The Way Sentinel High School Possible Options for the Future Aerospace Engineering Biological Engineering Civil Engineering and Architecture Computer Integrated Manufacturing Computer Science and Software Engineering Digital Electronics Capstone: Engineering Design and Development Project Lead The Way Engineering
Project Lead The Way COMPUTER SCIENCE/ Sentinel High School Computer Science and Applications CSA focuses on integrating technologies across multiple platforms and networks, including the Internet. Students collaborate to produce programs that integrate mobile devices and leverage those devices for distributed collection and data processing. Students analyze, adapt, and improve each other's programs while working primarily in Java™ and other industry-standard tools. This course prepares students for the College Board’s Advanced Placement CS-A test and aligns with CSTA Level 3C Standards.
Project Lead The Way COMPUTER SCIENCE/ Sentinel High School Possible Options for the Future Computer Science and Engineering Simulation and Modeling Artificial Intelligence (.5 yr.) Cybersecurity (.5 yr.) Capstone: Computational Problem Solving Project Lead The Way Engineering
STEM Innovations in MCPS Engineering Academy at Big Sky High School
Project Lead The Way Engineering Big Sky High School Planning StagesTraining for staff Introduction to Engineering and Design Principles of Engineering Will become a component of International Baccalaureate Career Certificate (IBCC) Project Lead The Way Engineering
STEM Innovations in MCPS Inspiring, Imaginative, Innovative.... is the essence of i3 Missoula. In May of 2013, 150 high school students applied for 30 student positions in the inaugural i3 Missoula summer program. Students were guided by three teachers and spent four weeks on the University of Montana campus where they had the opportunity to engage in highly creative and collaborative problem solving and solution seeking. Working in teams, the students developed a project that would identify an issue in the community and produce a solution to be presented to the Missoula City Council. The intended outcome: The projects become a reality and ultimately benefit the community.
STEM Innovations in MCPS i3 Missoula I3 Summer 2013….The resulting projects included: River Gears - a low-head water turbine, using the river’s current to produce electricity without harming the ecosystem. Green Roofs - a living roof model to be placed on MCPS buildings and city offices to increase their energy efficiency, and lower their carbon foot print. Trailhead Vending - a unique solar-powered, outdoor vending machine offering unique non-consumable outdoor safety items. Bioga - identified the need for low-cost renewable energy sources, and created a working model of a biogas digester. Greenholes - successfully tested a new type of pothole-filler, which utilizes recycled glass. Teen Jobs R Us created a website for students looking for jobs, allowing them to connect with local Missoulians in need of help.
STEM Innovations in MCPS i3 Missoula i3’s second successful summer included the following projects: Montana Safety Net— to increase awareness of mental health issues and provide information about treatment and resources within Montana Solar Street Lights--build a solar powered LED street lamp Missoula AIR--use old appliances painted by up-and-coming artists appeal to the eye and recycling interests of Missoula Green Stops—use solar power and recycled glass to create “green” bus stops i3T3--Teen Town Talks--create a video campaign to highlight the under/misrepresented topics in Missoula Teen Council-help better the community through a teen aspect.
STEM Innovations in MCPS i3 Missoula The spirit of i3 Missoula is currently embodied in lunch clubs at each Missoula high school. Students are coming together with teaching staff/mentors to discuss topics of interest and find ways to support community focused, collaborative, innovative projects. The possibility of an i3 course continues in discussion with high school principals and staffs.
STEM Innovations in MCPS Middle School Robotics Teams Robotics teams are actively involving students in preparation for First Lego League (FLL) competition at C.S. Porter, Meadow Hill and Washington Middle Schools. In early fall, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of 10 members, with a teacher/coach participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the First Lego League Core Values. Teams then attend the official tournament in Bozeman—which is an exciting, family focused event. Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing Challenges around such topics, robotics team members are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, as well as solidifying the STEM principles that naturally come from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.
STEM Innovations in MCPS High School Robotics Team Our high school robotics team consists of approximately 30 high school students who attend Big Sky, Hellgate, and Sentinel High Schools. The team accepts students from high schools in the Missoula area as well as Seeley- Swan High School. Approximately 5-10 adult mentors work with students on a variety of skills necessary to create a fully functioning 120 pound competition robot.
STEM Innovations in MCPS High School Robotics Team “It’s What We Do…” The Missoula Robotics team is made up of diverse students from around the Missoula school district. Over the past three years the team has grown exponentially and with the increasing support of the outer community, the Missoula Robotics team is now bigger than ever. An assortment of students--future mathematicians, scientists and engineers--have teamed up to create something together – a robot. Building a robot from start to finish is a complex challenge. When the project began, differences in conceptualization caused set backs, but also led to new ideas. The team experience has fostered friendships that will carry on into the future, long past high school. The Missoula Robotics’ team, like other robotics teams around the world, has helped to shape students’ personalities and taught students to set work towards and achieve their own goals. The problems and situations that the team members have faced and will face in the future are excellent preparation for future careers in many different fields, including engineering and design. Proudly powered by WordPress
STEM Innovations in MCPS High School Robotics Team As part of the robotics team, students learn to work together, an important skill when entering the outside world. They also learn ways to express their ideas to the team and provide positive criticism of the ideas of others. All this is combined with hands on work with electrical and mechanical systems and metal working. The Robotics team has finished three years of robotics and hopes to continue participating in the competitions annually. Students need this kind of opportunity to build their confidence and abilities. From the High School Robotics Team website