Course Outline for STEM Inventor (Grade 4&5)
32 Weeks (1 academic year)
STEM lessons are designed to enhance student’s learning outcomes in such disciplines as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by way of “learning by doing” method. Students will explore real-life problems and they are expected to provide solutions to solve them every 8-week cycle. Problem solving skills; critical thinking; group experience; collaborative learning, and English language skills are embedded within each lesson.
Studies have shown students who have enrolled in STEM lessons have increased their test scores dramatically versus students without STEM exposure. After 32 weeks, students are on track to have a deeper understanding and have the confidence to state that "I think I can be an engineer or a scientist."
Our program is designed by our partners Pinellas County Schools and University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP). Our teachers are STEM trained by our partners. At AmericanSTEM, we follow the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS - www.nextgenscience.org).
For further clarifications please refer to the learning plan below that provides closer look at the academic majors and project descriptions.
Physical Science & Engineering
Engineering Technology & Mathematics
Engineering Technology & Mathematics
Life & Earth Science
Option 1: Apply observations about components that address concepts of speed, energy and motion and create a device to solve real world problem
Option 2: Apply observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties
Apply computational thinking concepts of decomposing and function to solve real world problem
Apply knowledge of Robotics and Mathematics to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace.
Option 1: Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans
Option 2: Plan and carry out fair tests to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Option 1: Design a high-speed roller coaster to boost sales for your local amusement park
Option 2: Create a device that will help to warm food without using electricity.
Option 1: Program an automated delivering service in the city
Option 2: Program a smart transportation system in the city
Option 1: Create a program to help a starship prevent obstacles in space
Option 2: Spy robots that help to discover remote targets
Option 1: Design an earthquake resistant building for unpredictable disaster in Hanoi
Option 2: Design and build a robot hand that can pick up and retrieve small objects.
Below are the expected learning outcomes for the 32-week-program to each STEM module assigned to grade specific.
- Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are tailored per grade specific.
- Identify that engineers create things to solve real-world problems.
- Identify the steps of the Engineering Design Process
- Explain why conducting research is an important part of the Engineering Design Process.
- Explain why brainstorming ideas and choosing the best ideas are important parts of the Engineering Design Process.
- Explain why building a model and testing those models are important parts of the Engineering Design Process.
- Use tools and/or materials to design and build a device that solves a specific problem.
- Explain why redesigning and evaluating are important parts of the Engineering Design Process.
- Explain why communication of results and presentation of those results are important parts of the Engineering Design Process.
- Compare and contrast multiple solutions to a problem.
- Use academic vocabulary (English & Vietnamese) in the context of learning.