Edison Is Providing A Template For Problem Based Stem Curriculum In Middle Schools.
We’ve been talking about STEM nonstop over the past five years. Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics are the foundation to education and the foundation to career building and career development, essentially going forward. But what we don’t talk about is how hard it can actually be to teach STEM principles and STEM curriculum because most of us never received this teaching as kids.
That’s why the folks at Parametric Studios developed Edison, a computer based template for problem based STEM curriculum for middle schoolers. Edison turns STEM learning into a game that’s grounded in the engineering design process and focuses on that process:
- State the problem
- Generate Ideas
- Select a solution
- Build the item
- Present the results
Within Edison students can build hobby scale bridges, cars, rockets and more. Students apply the design process to assist their own virtual characters in overcoming STEM based challenges within the environment essentially developing more STEM skills and knowledge in the process.
The environment helps students apply the engineering design process and is comprised of tools for research, concept generation, analysis, virtual simulation and testing. They can then take the fruits of their labor and create them with a 3D printer. Through this process and environment students get to see what’s going to happen when they design these things without having to create them in real life.
The Edison system includes:
- Professional Development for teachers
- Hands on activities that set up design in the virtual world
- A culminating activity at the end
Parametric Studios tested Edison with seven sixth grade classes and over 200 students with great results. Teachers, administrators and students love Edison.
Find out more at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-28th in the AT&T EdTech Startup Pavilion, booth #1644. You can also check out Edison online here at parametricstudiosinc.com