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Steps to STEM: 28Q354 (16-17)

This collection of resources from PS 354 in Queens gives interested educators tools and strategies for developing STEM practices in their own work. This collection includes pre-filled samples that lay out how PS 354 plans their STEM units, blank templates to support educators in planning their own units, and two activities designed to promote STEM thinking and orient to relevant vocabulary. Taken together, these resources can orient unfamiliar educators to the world of STEM or support more experienced educators in deepening their practices or expanding their repertoire.

Included Resources

This document, developed by PS 354, is part of an activity designed to help educators become familiar with STEM vocabulary terms. This document serves as the answer key to a game in which educators draw Jenga pieces with STEM terms on them and then match those terms to their definitions on a separate worksheet. 

This document, developed by PS 354, is an activity designed to help educators experience STEM as students would. In this activity, educators simulate the type of design challenge students would face by having to find a way to redesign the wall on which Humpty Dumpty sits in order to keep him safe.

This document, developed by PS 354, is an activity designed to help educators experience STEM as students would. This document is meant to supplement the exercise in this collection that asks educators to design a way to save Humpty Dumpty; it provides both criteria for success in the task and constraints that can create extra challenge if desired.
 

This document, developed by PS 354, is an activity designed to help educators experience the Engineering Design Process of STEM as planners. It is designed to help educators plan using the EDP principles. This document contains a sample planning web used by PS 354 that illustrates how they go about planning, as well as a blank template that educators can use to do their own planning.

This document, developed by PS 354, provides a snapshot of how the school crafts its STEM unit plans. It contains two completed sample plans--for 1st and 5th grade--as well as a blank template that educators can use to plan their own units. Educators can use the pre-filled samples to guide and inform how they build out and design their own unit.