STEM and Problem Solving
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are active components in the real world. This course will outline how to apply the concepts and principles of scientific inquiry, encouraging the use of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to produce viable solutions to problems. Students will learn the scientific method, how to use analytical tools and techniques, how to construct tests and evaluate data, and how to review and understand statistical information. This course is designed to help students understand what we mean by problem solving and to help understand and develop skills and techniques to create solutions to problems. Advanced problem-solving skills are necessary in all science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines and career paths. This problem-solving course stresses analytic skills to properly format problem statements, use of the scientific method to investigate problems, the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches to construct tests, and an introduction to reviewing and interpreting statistical information.
- Introduction to Problem Solving: Students will be introduced to problem solving, which borrows many elements from the scientific method.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will learn to understand and define critical thinking and use logical reasoning to construct an argument.
- Professional Research and the Scientific Method: Students will learn to evaluate different types of studies as descriptive or explanatory.
- Design a Research Project: Students will learn to define a research population, and the necessary steps for creating a sample.
- Reviewing and Interpreting Statistical Information and Research Data: This unit explores how researchers rarely use all collected data. Because original data must be edited before analysis, researchers turn to common statistical tests to study variable relationships.