STEM Preview: for incoming 7th gradersTop of Page

Open House presentation for 2019-2020 school year.

7th Grade STEM CAVITT

Learning is an ongoing process. To truly learn, one must have the opportunity to make choices and mistakes. I had the opportunity to see  former Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University, Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D. at the California Science Teachers Conference in Sacramento, 2015, where she spoke on the need to “build a relationship with failure” which rang true to me as a science educator.

Dr. Ramirez states: “We need to give our children more opportunities to build a relationship with failure. In my estimation, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is a key way to do it. In STEM, failure is a fact of life. Experiments don't work out, the data doesn't look right, or someone knocks over your experiment. There are plenty of places to learn persistence and resilience. We can also learn how failure is instructive to the design and innovation process. Science and innovation are based on trial-and-error (which is just a glorified way to say "fail a lot").” 

I believe science classroom experiences provide students with a supportive and nurturing environment in which to fail and through guidance and support grow, building lifelong skills of perseverance in times of challenge and adversity. Students, particularly at the junior high school level, are at a crossroads for learning. A teacher has the ability to either engage or disengage a student from the educational system. I believe students are worthy of the opportunity for personal choice in their education and life while acknowledging that they are still youthful enough to need careful guidance.

Through careful analysis of the science standards and frameworks, my goal is to cultivate in my classroom a strong foundation of knowledge, appropriate forums to relate students’ knowledge to their surroundings and their ability to make educated choices for the future. Those abilities will enable my students to be adaptive to an ever-changing society while also strengthening their ability to affect changes as well.

Forensic FocusTop of Page

Topics: 
  • History of Forensics
  • Methods of Identifying Individuals
  • The Crime Scene
  • Eyewitness Testimony
  • Types of Physical Evidence
  • Impression Evidence: Tires, Shoe prints and Bite Marks
  • Fingerprints
  • Hairs and Fibers
  • Skeletons and Anatomy
  • Blood Evidence
  • Forensic Entomology

THIS IS WHAT A SCIENTIST LOOKS LIKE Change the perception of who and what a scientist is or isn't.Top of Page

This is what a scientist looks like....

real scientists and real people... the diverse face of science and engineers
Check out all the different ways you can be "doing science".  

Careers in Science & EngineeringTop of Page

The Branches of Science and Engineering are diverse. Check out all the different things you can choose to do with Science and Engineering

Careers in Science

10 types of scientist: Not all scientists wear white coats and work in labs. There are a wide variety of jobs and careers that require knowledge and application of science, from research to business and from regulation to teaching.The Science Council has identified 10 types of scientist working today

 
Engineering-Go For It!  eGFI : breaks down over 10 different engineering specialties with information on what each field studies, where they work, how their work makes a difference, and so much more.
Engineer Girl : website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Read bios from female engineers, learn about careers and projects women engineers work on, enter their yearly essay contest for 3rd-12th grade girls, and ask an engineer any question you have.  This site is a service of the National Academy of Engineering. 
NASA for Students :  has everything a budding astronaut is interested in!  From fun topics on space flight, to the current NASA missions, to opportunities for students, this website will inspire anyone to aim for the moon and beyond! 

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