We are proud to announce a new program coming to Fees College Prep! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with real-world, problem-based learning. STEM skills are increasingly necessary to engage in a knowledge-based economy; a STEM literate student is not only an innovator and critical thinker, but is able to make meaningful connections between school, community, work and global issues. STEM classes, electives and clubs will be offered for the 2014-2015 school year. Here is what it will look like:
• Robotics - Students collaborate to build a robot together, starting from scratch. They use various mechanical parts and a power source to connect components and make them function together. Students are challenged to build a robot using various concepts of design, physics, and mechanical engineering.
• Biology - Students actively explore many aspects of science through hands-on experiments and activities. Animal behavior, neurology, evolution, ecology, and human environmental impact are just some of the topics that are explored. The club is open to all FCPMS students.
STEM Science Class (6th-8th grade)
This science class will include the same Arizona Science and Arizona College and Career Ready Standards-based curriculum but will offer real-world, hands-on application components. Technology, engineering, and math are integrated seamlessly throughout each lesson. Students will develop critical thinking skills through discovery-based lessons.
STEM Elective (taken in conjunction with STEM Science)
These Innovation Action Labs will be offered as an elective for students in grades 6-8. The labs offer hands-on, discovery-based modules across a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math fields. The labs promote critical thinking and collaboration among students, and encourage users to be scientifically aware, engaged in exploration, and experience the world around them. Example labs include programming a robot, designing and building a laser, digital music and video production, and forensic analysis. There will also be opportunities to explore health science careers in sports medicine, biomedical engineering, and veterinary medicine.