STEM Curriculum Design

STEM Curriculum Design

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”— John Dewey

project based learning makerspace curriculum

Project Based Learning Meets the Maker Movement
STEM Curriculum Quote


Whether you are  looking for help designing a Project Based Learning Unit, a series of STEM projects for middle school or you simply want to enhance your STEM curriculum or computer science curriculum, we can help.

Our one-of-a-kind approach to Project Based Learning balances student independence with the mastery of key skills. Our projects tap into students personal interests and passions while adding just the right amount of structure so that students can learn the skills and content they need to bring their ideas to life.

Our method is based on well established research on student-centered learning. Most importantly, we use it in our own classrooms and refine it every day.

Our instructional designers are subject-area and grade-level experts who will work with you to understand your mission and your unique computer science curriculum needs.

We are fluent in Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards, but our instructional approach always puts the student at the center of the learning process.

Are you wondering how you can create self-directed learners in your makerspace?

Download a SAMPLE PROJECT GUIDE to find out.

Stem curriculum

Closet Critters is a Paper Circuits PBL project for Grades 5-7. Download the PDF of the project above, or click the picture to view the video that serves as the project launch event.

 

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”— John Dewey

project based learning makerspace curriculum

Project Based Learning Meets the Maker Movement
STEM Curriculum Quote


Whether you are  looking for help designing a Project Based Learning Unit, a series of STEM projects for middle school or you simply want to enhance your STEM curriculum or computer science curriculum, we can help.

Our one-of-a-kind approach to Project Based Learning balances student independence with the mastery of key skills. Our projects tap into students personal interests and passions while adding just the right amount of structure so that students can learn the skills and content they need to bring their ideas to life.

Our method is based on well established research on student-centered learning. Most importantly, we use it in our own classrooms and refine it every day.

Our instructional designers are subject-area and grade-level experts who will work with you to understand your mission and your unique computer science curriculum needs.

We are fluent in Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards, but our instructional approach always puts the student at the center of the learning process.

Are you wondering how you can create self-directed learners in your makerspace?

Download a SAMPLE PROJECT GUIDE to find out.

Stem curriculum

Closet Critters is a Paper Circuits PBL project for Grades 5-7. Download the PDF of the project above, or click the picture to view the video that serves as the project launch event.

Curriculum Innovation in Education

Our approach to curriculum design is based on the principle of tapping into students’ intrinsic motivation and passion, then helping them learn the skills they need to realize that passion. Each project begins with a launch event that establishes the relevance and importance of a general statement of a problem. Students work in teams to more clearly define a problem statement and to propose a solution that aligns with their interests and abilities. During this process, the teacher plays a coaching role. Armed with deep understanding of students’ abilities and interests, the teacher helps students to refine their proposed solutions. Students then work together to define the characteristics of success for their project, holding themselves accountable for a clear definition of excellence. As the students work to complete their projects, the teacher regularly conferences with teams and coaches them on next steps. The teacher employs a wide range of formative assessment tools to ensure that students are learning the skills they need to be successful in their projects. This approach is loosely based on the Reading / Writing Workshop model developed at Teachers College by Lucy Caulkins. All projects culminate with some form of public performance or sharing beyond the classroom. This performance is an important factor in bringing authenticity to the work.

Makerspace Curriculum

Our PBL design is a perfect solution to schools that are designing a makerspace curriculum. Our student-centered, project-based approach puts the student in charge of her own learning as she defines what she needs to learn in order to build what she wants to build. In a makerspace classroom, students primary focus is on creating a physical product. This requires a design thinking approach which fits nicely into our project based learning framework. Students go through a process of iterative design, which includes brainstorming, prototyping, getting feedback from peers, revising, and building a final product. During this process, we emphasise the importance of multiple prototypes and “failing fast.” Students are coached on how to give effective feedback, so that their classmates can continually refine their work.

Genesis Learning applies current research and best practices to their own classroom experience in order to provide clients with a wide array of STEM curriculum design products including:

  • STEM Project for Elementary School
  • STEM Projects for Middle School
  • Makerspace Curriculum
  • Computer Science curriculum
  • STEM Curriculum

Custom Designed PBL Launch Events

Our computer science curriculum work provides detailed teacher guides and student materials including resources for launch events. We can produce launch event videos or deliver a series of suggested types of launch events. Well designed launch events tap into student curiosity and passion. They produce an emotional connection to the topic that helps students to engage in the project.

Enduring Understandings and Evidence of Understanding

Modeled on the Understanding by Design framework popularized by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, our STEM curriculum documents include an enduring understanding that gives a project context and relevance. We also include suggested essential questions to drive student curiosity about how or why something works. These essential questions are also based on the UBD framework.

Below the Essential Questions and Enduring understandings, we include the fundamental skills and concepts that are important to know and be able to do in order for students to meet the goals they have established for themselves. For example, in order for a student to complete a project that includes controlling an LED, the student must understand how an LED needs to be placed in a circuit.

We also incorporate detailed descriptions about what understanding looks like. We describe specific behaviors that can be captured as artifacts of understanding so that teachers can do effective formative assessment and give good feedback.

Our project guides also incorporate coaching points for student self-directed research.

Approach

Approach

Our workshop approach emphasizes the need to meet students where they are in the instructional process. Our strategies focus heavily on student diagnostic assessments and conferences that allow the teacher to highly personalize instruction for each student. We balance student-directed learning, which is the hallmark of the Maker Movement, with structured formative assessment and activities designed to give high-quality feedback and research skills.

We provide

  • Technology Integration Maps

  • Curriculum Outlines

  • Detailed Unit Plans

  • Mini-Lesson Plans

  • Project Guides

  • Alignment with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards

  • All Course Materials

  • Textbook Recommendations

  • Assessment Tools

  • Coaching and professional development to assist teachers in the successful implementation of our instructional model.

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