2018-19 Programs

 

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

CASE - Animal and Plant Biotech

(Grades 9 - 12)

Provides students with experiences in industry appropriate applications of biotechnology-related plant and animal agriculture by completing hands-on activities, projects, and problems in the field of biotechnology. Using skills that involve micropipetting, bacterial cultures and transformations, electrophoresis, and the polymerase chain, research and experimental design will be highlighted in industry-appropriate investigations.
 

Contact: Joshua Remington
Iowa FFA Foundation

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Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

CASE - Environmental Science Issues

(Grades 9 - 12)

Specializes in the environmental science field, investigating areas that include ecosystem management, sustainable agriculture, energy choices, and pollution. Students will research, investigate, experiment, and document a project, and then communicate solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.
 
 

Contact: Joshua Remington
Iowa FFA Foundation

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Computer Science Principles

(Grades 9 - 12)

This year-long course can be taught as an AP or non-AP course—no prerequisites required for students or for teachers new to computer science! Students will explore topics like the Internet and how it works; how and why digital information is encoded, represented and manipulated; privacy; and programming. In addition, the curriculum is available online at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach. For more information about Code.org’s goals and approach to their courses, please visit the website for curriculum values and professional learning values.
 

Contact: Samantha Dahlby
NewBoCo

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Engineering Everywhere

(Grades 6 - 8)

Engineering Everywhere (EE) is a rigorously researched, youth-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with science topics. EE is designed to empower middle school-aged youth in afterschool and camp programs tackle real-world engineering problems using the engineering design process, creativity, and collaboration.
 

Contact: Nia Keith
Boston Museum of Science

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Making STEM Connections

Making STEM Connections

(Grades K - 8)

 
The Making STEM Connections program is designed to empower teachers to cultivate engaging, purposeful and successful extensions of their already developed curriculum. The making philosophy directs students to use their hands in conjunction with their minds to produce meaningful learning outcomes. Educating teachers on the process of making as well as familiarizing them with the tools and materials to be used will be the cornerstone of the Making STEM Connections professional development. A classroom using the Making STEM Connections kit might have students learning how to fuse plastics to create textiles or assembling an art-bot using a DC motor and batteries. Teachers are provided with a curricular framework to develop STEM principles and enhance those already existing in their classroom using maker materials, both high tech and low tech, as well as skills.
 
 

Contact: Jodi Pelds
Science Center of Iowa

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Pint Size Science

(Grades PreK - 2)

 
The newly revised Pint Size Science introduces children to STEM topics through discovery learning. Using a hands-on approach that engages and inspires young minds to explore scientific phenomena, the program works to not only build science understanding but also respond to the ever-changing interests and abilities of children. Additionally, each Pint Size Science kit includes a literacy component that pulls together the most important ideas of the STEM topic being discussed. Fundamental mathematical skills are also reinforced through activities, including counting, numbering, and graphing.
 

 

Contact: Jodi Pelds
Science Center of Iowa

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Power Teaching Math

 

PowerTeaching Math

(Grades 6 - 8 and Algebra 1)

 
Developed by Johns Hopkins Researchers, PowerTeaching Math is the leader in cooperative learning math instruction helping teachers transform their classrooms environments to engage ALL students. PowerTeaching Math provides teachers with the tools necessary to enhance their math instruction and to grow professionally. It prepares students for the rigorous demands of high school so they will continue to succeed and feel confident in their math abilities.  
 
 
 

Contact: Amanda Napier
Success for All

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Project Lead the Way: Introduction to Computer Science

 

PLTW: Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

(Grades 6 - 8)

 
Middle school is a time of exploration, a time when students are figuring out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow. PLTW Gateway sparks a joy of discovery and illuminates the range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond. With PLTW Gateway CS unit Computer Science for Innovators and Makers, students learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. Using microcontrollers with inputs and outputs, they develop code that brings their physical designs to life.
 
 
 

Contact: Terry Ausman
Project Lead The Way, Inc.

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Ramps and Pathways

(Grades PreK - 2)

 

The R&P curriculum was designed through a collaboration of experts in child development, teachers of young children, science educators, and young children. R&P addresses the critical need to increase children’s STEM literacy, cultivate STEM identities, and develop executive function skills (working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control). R&P is inquiry based and addresses the NGSS and early learning standards. Place-based social studies and literacy are naturally embedded.

 

Contact: Beth VanMeeteren
Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

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STEM in Action

STEM in Action

(Grades PreK - 5)

STEM-in-Action is a teacher-friendly, manageable, and time sensitive PreK-5 program that offers all components in one educator-chosen kit with limited consumable items. With options in Life, Earth and Physical Sciences, each kit (5 for PreK, 9 for K-2, 9 for 3-5) is chunked into small, manageable bits of time and available in English and Spanish. A supplemental, module-based curriculum where students solve authentic engineering design challenges that inspire curiosity and nurture critical thinking through 5-8 hands-on lessons. Educators chose from 25 different age-appropriate kits that align to NGSS & Iowa Core Math, Science & ELA standards.

 

Contact: Karen Achtemeier
Hand to Mind

 

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