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This describes the role of the student engaging in a variety of collaborative, relevant and applied STEM-related experiences.

Learning within the Exploratory Model involves engaging in a provided question or problem through an extra-curricular or after-school STEM-related experience that may or may not be related to the school curriculum. The learning is collaborative and engaging but may not be relevant or applied.

The student:

  • Engages in STEM content in an “out of the traditional classroom” experience (i.e. after school club, summer program)
  • Engages in problem-based, teacher-directed investigations that may result in solution or product creation
  • Collaborates in predetermined groups
  • Engages in relevant and authentic learning experiences that may be connected at least in part to local context
  • Engages in critical thinking, problem solving, and in-depth learning while exploring STEM topics / projects / careers
  • Uses a variety of technology in the investigative process including virtual, computer-based, mobile, and data collection devices
  • May engage in opportunities to conduct research in STEM-based content with links to university/college labs
  • Receives opportunities to inspire and inform underrepresented and struggling students about careers in STEM fields
  • May engage in real-world connections with business/industry
  • May have an opportunity to participate in service learning projects
  • Participates in a level of self-evaluation

 

Learning within the Introductory Model involves engaging in a provided question or problem through STEM-related experiences that are in addition to the regular curriculum and taught to all students during the school day. The learning is collaborative and engaging and may be relevant and applied in a local context.

The student:

  • Engages in integrated STEM content as an addition to the school curriculum
  • Engages in problem-based, teacher-directed guided inquiry that may result in solution or product creation
  • Collaborates with peers in groups determined by teacher
  • Engages in relevant and authentic learning experiences that may be connected at least in part to local context
  • Engages in critical thinking, problem solving, and in-depth learning while exploring STEM topics / projects / careers
  • Uses a variety of technology in the investigative process including virtual, computer-based, mobile, and data collection devices
  • May engage in opportunities to conduct research in STEM based content with links to university/college labs
  • Engages in multiple in- and out-of-school opportunities to inspire and inform underrepresented and struggling students about careers in STEM fields
  • Participates in multiple points of contact with the families of the STEM participants, and at least three family integration activities
  • Learns in the context of real-world connections with business/industry
  • Participates in outreach/service learning projects within the school or community
  • May participate in a level of self-evaluation

Learning within the Partial Immersion Model involves engaging in selected or negotiated questions or problems through STEM-related experiences that are integrated into the regular curriculum. Learning is collaborative, engaging, and is relevant and applied, making use of connections to local issues and/or industry.

The student:

  • Engages in integrated STEM content as part of the school curriculum
  • Experiences the STEM content from cross-curricular, interdisciplinary to transdisciplinary
  • Engages in problem-based, student- and teacher-directed guided inquiry that results in solution creation or product development
  • Collaborates with peers in groups determined by teacher and/or project and intended outcomes
  • Engages in relevant and authentic learning experiences that are connected at least in part to local context
  • Engages in critical thinking, problem solving, and in depth learning while exploring STEM topics / projects / careers
  • Learns in the context of real-world connections with business/industry with possible opportunities to contribute to the knowledge base
  • Engages in opportunities to conduct research in STEM based content with links to university/college labs and possible opportunities to contribute to knowledge base
  • Uses a variety of technologies in the investigative process including: virtual, computer-based, mobile and data collection devices, web-based lessons, computer applications, researching and reporting
  • Participates in outreach / service learning projects within the school or community
  • Participates in multiple points of contact with the families of the STEM participants and at least three family integration activities
  • Engages in multiple in- and out-of-school opportunities to inspire and inform under-represented and struggling students about careers in STEM fields
  • Participates in a level of self-evaluation

Learning within the Full Immersion Model involves engaging in a student posed or negotiated question or problem through STEM-related experiences that are the curriculum. Learning is collaborative, engaging, and is relevant and applied, with connections to local issues and/or industry.

The student:

  • Engages in interdisciplinary STEM content as the focus of the school curriculum
  • Engages in problem-based, student-directed open inquiry that results in solution creation or product development
  • Collaborates with peers in groups determined by project and intended outcomes
  • Participates in collaborative groups that foster innovation and risk in solutions creation and product / project development
  • Engages in relevant and authentic learning experiences that are driven at least in part by local context
  • Engages in critical thinking, problem solving, and in depth learning while exploring STEM topics / projects / careers
  • Learns in the context of real-world connections with business/industry with opportunity to contribute to the knowledge base
  • Engages in opportunities to conduct research in STEM-based content with links to university/college labs and opportunities to contribute to knowledge base
  • Uses a variety of technology in the investigative process including: virtual, computer-based, mobile and data collection devices, web-based lessons, computer applications; also researching, and reporting, communicating and collaborating in ways not possible without the technology
  • Participates in opportunities to establish protocols for research and participation in outreach / service learning projects
  • Participates in multiple points of contact with the families of the STEM participants and at least three family integration activities
  • Engages in multiple in- and out-of-school opportunities to inspire and inform underrepresented and struggling students about careers in STEM fields
  • Participates in a level of self-evaluation used for goal setting

 

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