"I've purposefully created this fischertechnik STEM Lab Program to meet Common Core Standards for Math, Reading and Writing as well as the National Science Education Standards, and standards of ISTE, ITEEA. This program can easily fill six months of class time and engage students in the study of applied physics with a systems approach to electronics, control and sensing." Tom White, Program Creator
How Project-Based Learning Enhances STEM Education, by Tom White
One of the many benefits of STEM education is the integration and application of cross curricular content. This allows students to understand the relationship of the subjects they study. To be effective a STEM program needs to be fully integrated, the best way demonstrated so far is with a comprehensive project based curriculum. This helps students answer the questions "Why do I need to know this" and "Where will I ever use this". Read More
The fischertechnik STEM Lab Programs
The fischertechnik STEM Lab Programs are a standards-based curriculum involving inquiry, design and problem solving, especially developed for use with the fischertechnik construction system . These programs were created by Tom White, Distinguished Educator and STEM Program Designer.
This unique program, which combines curriculum with hands-on exploration and creation, is available in two levels: Middle School and High School.
Each level consists of various theme projects for teachers to use with their students to enable them to explore and understand different essential STEM concepts areas.
The fischertechnik STEM Lab Programs: Curriculum Includes
The purpose sets the stage for student learning
The large ideas and essential skills that students will need to master
Description of expected student performance
Rubricks for oral and written presentations
Used to organize structure and provide a linear guide to student learning
Standards - Includes the following;
Common Core Standards
Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
NSES Content Standard K-12: Unifying Concepts and Processes
Standards for Technological Literacy
ISTE Technology Foundation Standards for Students
Sets the stage for student problem solving
Daily Teaching Plan
To provide teachers with the pacing and flow of instruction
Includes hands on exploration, demonstration and, experimentation
Provides teachers with information to share with students allowing them to go farther in their exploration
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