I am very excited to introduce our STEM-tastic enrichment class. Several students have expressed an interest in doing more hands-on and challenging projects. With STEM-tastic, students are able to apply science methods while creating tangible items like a model plane or a polymer.
STEM is a concept on the rise and students have been surprised at just how much goes into something they love so much, like their shoes or video gaming systems.
Ever since I introduced them to STEM, I have been approached by many students asking when they would have the opportunity to do more hands-on projects. My students are highly motivated and excited to take on more of an engineering role and to learn all of the ins and outs of applied sciences.
The materials I am requesting are for a specific lab activity that will stretch across several weeks. Composite Polymers for the planet is an extended lesson guide designed by Boeing builds on prior concepts by reminding students that increasing plastic pollution is a problem and asking them to design a solution. Students will learn how to define the criteria and constraints of a design problem, evaluate competing design solutions, analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions, and develop models, putting their science and engineering practices to the test.
Donations for this project will improve the ability to carry out this lesson and enrich the students' experiences throughout.
This project is very beneficial to expand my student's views of applied sciences and showing them future applications and career opportunities. Students will be exposed to career options in chemical engineering and materials science and will examine chemical engineering as it applies to the environmental plastics problem. Smarter, Together, anything imagined is possible.
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