Middle School STEM
STEM skills are becoming ever more essential. To succeed, students need to be able to grasp complex problems, think creatively, understand technology, troubleshoot problems and develop teamwork skills. Students use an inquiry-based, inter-disciplinary environment to explore diverse STEM topics within their traditional subjects as well as unique STEM driven subjects. Our project-based learning model is are designed to use students’ natural curiosity to deepen their understanding of scientific inquiry, field research and engineering design processes.
In middle grades STEM projects, students work with peers to apply STEM skills to solve real-world problems such as:
- Cityscapes – Students become civil engineers as they design to scale an area of a city. Students can explore types of bridges, static forces and scale factors in drawing and model-building.
- Harness the Wind – Students become builders as they develop rockets which are tested for velocity and distance. Students explore drag and lift as they design their rocket and experiment with independent and dependent variables.
Students also build critical literacy skills while conducting research, preparing written designs and reports, and presenting their findings. All projects are designed to prepare students for challenging STEM programs in high school