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 them to 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
-Earth Science and Geology
-Earth Science and Botony
-Forces, Motion and Newton’s Law. Simple Machines
-What is an Ecosystem? Aquatic snail ecosystem creation
-Ecosystems, Biomes and the Cycles of Life.
-Let’s Build a Biosphere
6th grade-Safety Rules and the Nature of Science-How to do a Science Inquiry Investigation
-What is Energy? Force and Motion. PineWood Derby challenge. Catapult Challenge
January and February
-What are Atoms? Parts of an Atom.
7th grade-Safety Rules and the Nature of Science-How to do a Life Science Investigation
– Mitosis and Meiosis…..What’s the difference
-What is DNA? Isolation and Extraction of DNA from a plant cell
-Genes and Inheritance—-What is an Allele? Let’s design an Organism
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?