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DefinedStem

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What is DefinedSTEM?

 WCPSS has purchased Defined STEM for all students and staff at WCPSS STEM Collaborative Network Schools. Defined STEM is a web-based application designed to promote rigorous and relevant connections between classroom content highlighting STEM content and real-world applications including career pathways, thus providing learning opportunities for students. Defined STEM provides teachers a resource where they can access highly effective media content and valuable resources to enhance the teaching and learning within the classroom. These resources and materials allow teachers to connect STEM with existing lessons, interdisciplinary content, and standards-based curriculum.

 

Using Defined STEM Video Resources

Defined STEM provides a wealth of video resources that provide relevance and contextual applications for content areas including science, technology, mathematics, engineering, social studies, health and the arts and humanities. The videos are designed to provide students with an opportunity to view careers based upon the content knowledge and skills necessary to succeed within the career.

The video resources are typically between two and eight minutes in length. Through the video, students are introduced to an individual and/or individuals sharing their activities on a daily basis and connecting these activities to the critical content and skills necessary to succeed. Students are able to view applications of content that often answer the question; Why do I need to know this?

Videos provide students with the environment in which the individual works and initiates a sensory experience that allows concepts to actually be "experienced" and come to life.

Each video has an associated Objective, which provides a learning objective based upon the content found within the video. Guiding Questions are present that can be utilized as part of whole group instruction to lead class discussion related to the content and concepts within the video. These questions also provide the opportunity for the educator to connect the video to the lesson plan being presented and the desired learning outcomes. Additionally, the guiding questions may be used as an individual assessment to measure student participation and understanding.

The objective and guiding questions allow the educator to focus the active viewing and give the students "look fors" to consider during the video. To enhance the experience, the educator may encourage students to work together and have them additionally consider ideas such as:

  • Gender, age and education of the individual;
  • Work environment;
  • Utilization of 21st Century Learning & Innovation Skills; and
  • Required content & conceptual knowledge


The video and these types of interaction can stimulate student interest and motivation. Accompanying the videos are associated Performance Tasks and Language Tasks.

 

Defined STEM Teacher Resources

 

 

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