The Sauganash STEM Lab allows students to explore hand-on projects within the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For the last several years, the curriculum has concentrated on basic science, engineering and computer science in grades K-8. For the younger grades, the emphasis has been learning about scientific principles of scientific investigation as well as learning about the Engineering Design Process. Students in older grades have worked on more complex assignments focused on applying engineering design principles as well as advanced math and science coding.
This year, Sauganash has received a $7,500 grant to purchase a STEM curriculum called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is a nationally recognized STEM program in about 8,000 schools. It utilized a Project-Based Learning teaching methodology where students create and design solutions to problems.
We will be purchasing 24 modules for grades K-5. Each grade level will have four 10-week modules: 2 are Engineering, 1 is Computer Science, and 1 is Biomedicine. The proposed curriculum by grade level is as follows:
Kindergarten: Pushes and Pulls Structure and Function: Exploring Design Structure and Function: Human Body Animals and Algorithms
First Grade LIght and Sound Light: Observing the Sun, Moon and Stars Animal Adaptations Animated Storytelling
Second Grade Materials Science: Properties of Matter Materials Science: Form and Function The Changing Earth Grids and Games
Third Grade Stability and Motion: The Science of Flights Stability and Motion: Forces and Interactions Variation of Traits Programming Patterns
Fourth Grade Energy Collisions Energy: Conversion Input/Output: Human Brain Input/Output: Computer Systems
Fifth Grade Robotics and Automation Robotics and Automation: Challenge Infection: Detection Infection: Modeling and Simulation