Design and Methodology

 

Bloom's Taxonomy

Although we apply many educational principals while designing our projects and lesson plans, including Zone of Proximal Development and Multiple Intelligence, we always relate back to Bloom's Taxonomy.  Our projects will always begin with remembering and understanding and gradually help you reach higher level thinking with your students culminating in creating and evaluation. 

ZONE OF PROXIMAL DEVELOPMENT

With all of our projects we try to show kids that math and science are real, relatable and fun.  We take concepts that the kids are familiar with and with those we use those to build a springboard to develop their motor skills, their knowledge of curriculum and their grasp of the word around them.  Together we can advance the students learning from b.

Cross curricular

Cross-Curricular projects that motivate students to draw on a wide set of skills that make the material authentic and real. Fosters application and enhances the overall classroom experience while reinforcing curriculum concepts. Students will learn to incorporate knowledge from Math, Science, Social Studies, Language, art and more to produce a final projects that will inspire and impress.

Inspire and motivate

S.T.E.M does not have to break the bank and you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on materials to experience it.  Our projects are designed to use common household items that are affordable and accessible, most can be found at the dollar store.  Most importantly, you can show students that if you understand Math and Science you can build amazing things with simple materials, when they leave the classroom they can keep building on their own, and that's pretty awesome.

Project based learning

100% hands-on projects that are fun, engaging, teach and reinforce textbook material.   PBL approach that combines elements from across the curriculum including Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Language.  Students will make cross-curricular connections providing deeper meaning to material taught and preparing them further for the real world.

Higher Order Thinkers

Going beyond the textbooks

There are 6 levels of thinking according to Bloom's Taxonomy.  Lower order thinking includes memorizing, understanding , and applying, the stuff kids do most everyday.

Higher order thinking includes analyzing, evaluating and creating.

Our workshops take concepts out of the textbooks.  Students create machines, evaluate when things do not work, and analyze their results.

Our Materials and Tools

No need to spend thousands of dollars on materials.

We use simple materials that can be found laying around the house, at the dollar store or any big box store.

By doing this, we show kids that if they learn and apply math and science they can build amazing things without having to break the bank.

Develop Creativity and Imagination

OPEN ENDED PROJECTS.

At our workshop kids:

-Build a machine that works

-Understand and apply concepts

We help them build the skeleton and teach the basics.

 

We spark their imagination to whats possible but the end result is up to them.

When they leave they can continue exploring and investigating using the same simple tools.

Fine Motor Skills

NO PLUG-AND-PLAY TOYS.

We use raw materials like paper, straws, craft sticks, wire, bamboo rods, dowels, tape, cardboard, rope, elastics etc...

Kids have to manipulate these items to build their machines.

Learning That Feels Like Play

Because reading about the conversion of potential energy into kinetic energy by increasing the angle of descent to reduce friction...

is BORING and UNINSPIRING!

But...

building a Marble Roller-coaster...

IS FUN and ENGAGING!

and teaches the same lessons

Going Beyond the Textbooks

Our 100% hands -on approach encourages kids to use STEM for real world application.  

We build machines that work using curriculum concepts, such a:

 

Electricity                        Magnetism                 Hydraulics

Wheels and Axles             Gears                        Gravity 

        and many more

 

We show students that by understanding and applying math and science they can build amazing machines using simple house-hold or dollar store items.

For example:

9 sheets of paper, a wooden dowel and tape + science , math and imagination = 

This awesome trebuchet. 

 

From Sorting to Trigonometry

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