Introduction to STEM
This course introduces students to the four areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through an interdisciplinary approach that will increase awareness, build knowledge, develop problem solving skills, and potentially awaken an interest in pursuing a career in STEM. Students will be introduced to the history, fundamental principles, applications, processes, and concepts of STEM. Students will explore some of the great discoveries and innovations in STEM and review and analyze some of the world’s problems that still exist today. Students are introduced to several computer applications used to analyze and present technical or scientific information. They will also gain a higher understanding of the uses for images and measurement in everyday life. Finally, students will explore the kinds of strategies frequently used to solve problems in these disciplines. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to discover their strengths through practical applications and awareness of the various STEM careers.
- On Whose Shoulders are We Standing? Students learn about the history and importance of STEM education in the United States, the qualities of STEM students, self-assessment and career interest inventory instruments, and some traditional and non-traditional STEM careers. You also learned about the use of outlines and mind maps to plan and manage STEM projects.
- A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Students explore the use of images to communicate data and STEM careers that utilize imaging. They also learn about STEM careers in graphic design, animation, gaming, and medical imaging. Also covered are careers that implement data and images, such as radiologic technologists, medical equipment repairers, aerospace engineers, atmospheric scientists, and geographers.
- How Much is Enough? In this unit, students learn about the history of measurement; how measurement was defined by the United States; and the uses, importance, and significance of measurement in STEM.
- How to be a Detective: Students investigate the scientific method, scientific theories, scientific laws, problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and creative thinking methods. They are also introduced to STEM careers that utilize these skills and methods.
- STEM is Everywhere! In this unit, students explore the different ways that STEM influences politics, sports, art, music, fashion, and law enforcement fields. They also review the duties, responsibilities, education and training requirements, and outlook for various STEM careers relating to politics, sports, art and design, and law enforcement.