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
-Earth Science-What is Plate Tectonics and how does this process change the Earth?
-What is Energy? How does Force, Work and Energy lead to motion?
-What are simple machines and how do they make work “seem” easier?
-Car’s, Catapults and Cantilevers…OH MY…..the relationship between
Force, Work and Energy—Simple Machines
-Microscope work……..What is a cell? How do Plant and Animal Cells Compare
-Ecosystems, Biomes and the Cycles of Life.
-Let’s Build a Biosphere
-What is Matter? How do we use the Periodic Table to describe atoms?
-What are Atoms? Parts of an Atom. Chemical and Physical Properties
Chemical and Physical Reactions……Let’s design an chemistry experiment
– 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- What is Matter? Matterslideshow.pdf
-What are minerals and their properties?
-What are Rocks and how are they formed?
-Layers of Earth Model and Plate Tectonics
-Let’s design a model for Sea-Floor Spreading and calculate the speed of the NAplate