DWCA is committed to ensuring that EVERY student has the opportunity to explore and build an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The strength of our nation depends on increasing all students’ involvement in STEM, especially those most under-represented in STEM, and in helping all students develop critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills that are so important throughout life. While the percentage of careers that require advanced STEM education increases, an alarmingly high percentage of students lose interest in STEM subjects early in their development. If the U.S. is to maintain its competitive advantage in the global economy, we need to ensure that our entire population of young people are educated in STEM fields for the 21st century.
Thinking Like A Scientist and Engineer
What are the two methods of Scientific Thinking?
Compare the Scientific Method to the Engineering design process
-Problem Solving using age appropriate skills. Fine and gross motor skills, eye hand coordination practice
-What is Matter? Rocks and Fossils
-Engineering Design Cycle applied to various projects
-Antarctic Penguin Races
-Matter and Electricity. What is a circuit?
-What are Atoms? Parts of an Atom.
-Ecosystems, Biomes and the Cycles of Life.
-Let’s Build a Biosphere-
-What is Energy? Simple Machines and the Roller Coaster Challenge
7th grade-Safety Rules and the Nature of Science-How to do a Life Science Investigation
-What is DNA? Isolation and Extraction of DNA from a plant cell
-Genes and Inheritance—-What is an Allele? Let’s design an Organism
-Systems of the Body
8th grade-Safety Rules and the Nature of Science-How to do a Physical Science Investigation
-8th grade- What is Matter? Matterslideshow.pdf
-What are minerals and their properties? Dynamic Earth—Volcano/Earthquake models