STEM - The Connect School Way

February 6, 2018

 

The Connect School has been teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from the day we opened 25 years ago.  In those days, nobody had heard of that type of project based learning, but our founders had, and they possessed the skills and deep understanding to build an outstanding curriculum.

 

How do we do it?  We start with the classroom and our world-class math and science courses.  We use textbooks (not that common today), and we teach real math (algebra and geometry) and science (biology, chemistry, physics, and earth).  Our science and math scores are among the very highest in the state.

 

Then, we complete projects.  Our CO2 Cars are the fastest, our planes fly the highest, our Marsville project is as good as anything they do in Canada. 

 

We win science competitions, went to nationals at Science Olympiad twice, and yearly dominate our local engineering design contests (Concrete Barges, Craft Sticks, Cantilevers, Catapults, Mouse Trap Cars, and others). 

 

We do earthquake testing of towers, build robots, build and test model airplanes, and water rockets. 

 

Students learn how to build, how to graph, how to calculate, how important symmetry is, and how everything connects to the world of math and science.

 

This is how you do STEM.

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