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Course Descriptions 

 8th Grade STEM Designers Abstract

STEM Designers is a fundamental middle school course that trains students to define problems and methodically answer the question, "What is the solution?" Upon completion of this course, proficient STEM designers understand that engineering design is a process of developing solutions to problems and challenges in order to meet the needs of society. Students continue to apply the practices for science and engineering learned in

STEM Explorers and STEM Innovators; however, STEM Designers places more emphasis on practices such as using mathematics and computational thinking; designing solutions; engaging in argument from evidence; and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. In addition to gaining a deep understanding of the relationship between engineering and design, students who complete this course will learn how both innovation and engineering design result in new technologies that benefit humans. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.*

Note: Students are expected to use engineering notebooks to document procedures, design ideas, and other notes for all projects throughout the course.

 

7th Grade STEM Innovators

STEM Innovators is a fundamental course for middle school students to understand the relationship between STEM and innovation, as well as explore the possibilities of "What could be?" A student proficient in this course will understand why innovation is important and how it benefits society.

Students will learn how innovation requires creativity and leads to new discoveries and technologies that make life better for humans. In this course, students will identify past innovations and what inspired their creation. Students will continue learning the practices of science and engineering. This course will reinforce the specific practices of developing and using models; planning and carrying out investigations; and analyzing and interpreting data. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.*

 

6th Grade STEM Explorers

 STEM Explorers is a fundamental course for middle school students to search for answers to "What is STEM?" A student proficient in this course will understand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as a collection of interrelated disciplines, rather than a series of isolated fields. Students will come away from this course with a thorough understanding of how the STEM disciplines work together to investigate the world, define problems, and create optimal solutions to benefit society. In this course, students will explore the history of engineering and technology; they will be introduced to the practices of science and engineering; and they will explore various STEM fields to empower them to make an informed decision when selecting a career pathway in high school. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.*