Middle School STEM

2022-2023
Tuesdays OR Thursdays
2:45-4:15

$375 per Semester

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Build Problem Solving Skills 

Students learn how to solve a problem presented to them with the given criterion and constraints.

Hands on Learning

Many students are kinesthetic learners that learn by doing.  STEM is the perfect class to give students with this learning style an opportunity to excel.

Collaborative Environment

Students work in groups to solve class challenges.  Students learn to communicate their ideas effectively and how to delegate tasks to accomplish a goal.

Learn From Mistakes

We learn so much from failure! Students are given opportunities to reflect on designs and complete a second iteration to show a new and improved  design

Course Outline

Back to School Basics

1.

Harvest Happenings

2.

Turkey Day Trials

3.

Christmas Construction

4.

Winter Wonderland

5.

Valentine's Victory

6.

March Madness

7.

Spring Successes

8.

Summer Sizzle

9.

More Questions?

No Charter? No Problem! Miss Crady proudly offers discounts for out-of-pocket students including out of state students! Scholarships are also available!

There is an annual student fee for all students taking classes at Pacific Coast Learning Center. Some charter schools allow for this fee to be added to the cost of classes rather than being paid out-of-pocket by parents. If your charters agrees, you may add the fee to your purchase order to cover student fees. You may select this option when you register for the class. 

Class Time Overview

1. Plan

Students are presented with the challenge, criteria, and constraints and begin planning. Students explore different planning methods to learn how they best plan (ie. drawing, independent thinking, group discussion, walk and talk, touching the materials, or a mixture.)

2. Build

This is the majority of our time. Students work in their teams to accomplish the task at hand.  At this time the teacher is circulating and facilitating discussion and troubleshooting designs BUT not actively touching. It is important for the students to solve the problems themselves

3. Share

4. Record and Reflect

Students present their designs to the class and take questions.  Students will demonstrate how their design solves the problem. Students build strong communication skills and practice presenting.

Students compare their designs to the ones created by their classmates to look for patterns of what was successful and what was not.  Students reflect on what they would have done differently.

5.Discuss

Class discussions provide a place for students to share together and build classroom community. 

6.Extend

Students are provided with additional resources in google classroom to extend the learning at home.  This allows students to explore areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics on their own.

7. Next Iteration

Students get a second chance to improve upon their design using what they learned from the first round of testing.  Students may get additional materials and additional criteria on the second iteration.