approach to authentic applications of STEM and project-based learning
The meaningful and authentic tasks presented by Defined STEM support students’ development of 21st-century skills. In these projects, students take on the role of a real-world job and solve problems while collaborating with their peers. These tasks increase engagement by showing how the material learned can be applied to a future career, which allows students to imagine themselves in that career path.
Performance tasks are now broken down into four easy steps: Set the Stage, Explore the Background, Do the Research, and Create the Product. Newly added to the Set the Stage step are open-ended questions to provide context and encourage critical thinking. The Design Process section is completely new and lays out all the steps students need to follow to reach their goals.
“The new step-by-step format is designed to increase student engagement by teaching them the process of taking a project from the idea and research stage to the final product,” concluded Jacobson.
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About Defined Learning
Defined Learning is a K-12 educational media company that combines technology, creativity, and curriculum expertise to provide useful and relevant products to schools. Defined Learning's flagship service, Defined STEM, is a platform that enables teachers to provide application of knowledge to students through the use of project-based learning, real-world careers, and meaningful reading and writing activities. To learn more, visit DefinedLearning.com.