2019-20 Programs

 

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

CASE - Food Science and Safety

(Grades 9 - 12)

Food Science and Safety is a specialization course in the CASE Program of Study. Students will complete hands-on activities, projects, and problems that simulate actual concepts and situations found in the food science and safety industry, allowing students to build content knowledge and technical skills. Students will investigate areas of food science including food safety, food chemistry, food processing, food product development, and marketing.
 

Contact: Joshua Remington
Iowa FFA Foundation

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Computer Science Fundamentals

(Grades K - 5)

 
Code.org's six Computer Science Fundamentals courses are designed to be flexible for your K-5 classroom. How you implement is up to you - teach CS Fundamentals for your next science unit, use it to support math concepts, add technology time to your schedule once a week, or go deeper with extension activities and projects! 
 
 
 

Contact: Samantha Dahlby
NewBoCo

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Computer Science Discoveries

(Grades 6 - 10)

Computer Science Discoveries is appropriate for 6 - 10th grade students and can be taught as a semester or year long introductory course (3-5 hours per week of instruction for 9+ weeks). The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices. 

 

Contact: Samantha Dahlby
NewBoCo

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Computer Science Principles

(Grades 9 - 12)

 

Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. 
 
 

Contact: Samantha Dahlby
NewBoC0

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Engineer Your World

(Grades 9 - 12)

 
Innovative, student-centered curriculum engages learners in collaborative, student directed projects that build creative problem-solving and engineering design skills; teach the value of collaborating to solve complex, modern problems; and create a strong foundation for future STEM learning. Students in EYW I: Engineering Design and Analysis design an easy-to-use pinhole camera for artists with disabilities, redesign a hand-powered flashlight to improve product performance and gain market share, design an experiment to brew the perfect cup of coffee, collect and analyze data to design a safer building, program electronic music, and create an automated aerial imaging system. 
 

Contact: Cheryl Farmer
University of Texas at Austin

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Light and Shadow

(Grades PreK - 2)

 

Students construct the technology of shadows to fulfill their human need or want to make an object interact with light in an interesting way. Through construction, they engage in the processes of engineering design and grapple with the constraints of physics to cast different kinds of light and/or develop shadows using a variety of objects, screens and light sources. In the act of shadow construction, students engage in the mathematics of spatial thinking, geometry and measurement. Students collect and compare data, providing a meaningful context to address Iowa Core Literacy Standards of Language, Speaking and Listening, and Writing.  

 

Contact: Beth VanMeeteren
Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

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Making STEM Connections

Making STEM Connections

(Grades K - 8)

 
The Making STEM Connections program is designed to empower teachers to cultivate engaging, purposeful and successful extensions of their already developed curriculum. The making philosophy directs students to use their hands in conjunction with their minds to produce meaningful learning outcomes. Educating teachers on the process of making as well as familiarizing them with the tools and materials to be used will be the cornerstone of the Making STEM Connections professional development. A classroom using the Making STEM Connections kit might have students learning how to fuse plastics to create textiles or assembling an art-bot using a DC motor and batteries. Teachers are provided with a curricular framework to develop STEM principles and enhance those already existing in their classroom using maker materials, both high tech and low tech, as well as skills.
 
 

Contact: Jolie Pelds
Science Center of Iowa

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Pint Size Science

(Grades PreK - 2)

 
The newly revised Pint Size Science introduces children to STEM topics through discovery learning. Using a hands-on approach that engages and inspires young minds to explore scientific phenomena, the program works to not only build science understanding but also respond to the ever-changing interests and abilities of children. Additionally, each Pint Size Science kit includes a literacy component that pulls together the most important ideas of the STEM topic being discussed. Fundamental mathematical skills are also reinforced through activities, including counting, numbering, and graphing.
 
 

Contact: Jolie Pelds
Science Center of Iowa

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STEM in Action

STEM in Action

(Grades PreK - 5)

Modules follow the Engineering Design Process of defining the problem, planning solutions, making a prototype, testing the prototype, reflecting, communicating results and redesigning. These modules Integrate NGSS PRACTICES and Iowa Core MATH ; ELA Curriculum while incorporating three-dimensional learning with an emphasis on engineering as well as AUTHENTIC hands-on, problem-based learning. Available in English and Spanish. 

 

Contact: Julie Law
hand2mind, Inc.

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STEM Innovator

(Grades 6 - 12)

Educators transform classrooms into incubator spaces where student teams solve real world problems alongside industry mentors. Students demonstrate future-ready competencies through prototype development while employing the practices of science, engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship. Educators design an in- school or out of school model to meet their district's STEM education needs. The process prepares students with the skills and mindset to persist in STEM education, pursue STEM careers, and become innovators of the future.

 

Contact: Leslie Flynn 
University of Iowa 

 

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