2020-21 STEM Scale-Up Program Menu

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PROGRAMS

Available on the 2020-2021 STEM Scale-Up Program Menu:

Bootstrap: Data Science
Description: Students develop questions and learn how to analyze data critically to make meaning from the data. Flexibly designed for inclusion within courses such as math, computer science, business, and social studies. 
Grade Level: 8-12
For Settings: In school
Contact: Jennifer Poole, Bootstrap, jen@bootstrapworld.org
For more information: https://www.bootstrapworld.org/materials/data-science/

Computer Science Discoveries
Description: Inspire students as they build their own websites, apps, games and physical computing devices. This course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS and data​.
Grade Level: 6-10
For Settings: In school
Contact: Samantha Dahlby, NewBoCo, samantha@newbo.co
For more information: https://newbo.co/code-org-partnership/

Computer Science Fundamentals
Description: Foster equity and diversity in the classroom, breaking down barriers and stereotypes around computer science. This course is designed to be flexible for the classroom.
Grade Level: K-5
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Samantha Dahlby, NewBoCo, samantha@newbo.co  
For more information: https://newbo.co/code-org-partnership/

Computer Science Principles
Description: Introduce students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenge them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. This course is a rigorous, engaging and approachable exploration of the foundational ideas of computing.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school
Contact: Samantha Dahlby, NewBoCo, samantha@newbo.co  
For more information:
https://newbo.co/code-org-partnership/

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) - Agricultural Power and Technology
Description: Students are immersed in inquiry-based exercises that tie in the math and science of agricultural mechanics and engineering. Throughout the course, students will apply technical skill while becoming competent in the process used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school
Contact: Joshua Remington, Iowa FFA Foundation, joshua.remington@iowaffafoundation.org
For more information: https://www.case4learning.org/curriculum/case-courses/agricultural-power...

Desmos Middle School Math
Description: A digital upgrade of the widely-adopted and highly-rated middle school math curriculum authored by Illustrative Mathematics. Desmos has added to IM's curriculum a) engaging game-like feedback, b) a powerful activity dashboard that helps teachers respond to student learning, c) and a continuous professional development model supporting teachers throughout the year.
Grade Level: 8
For Settings: In school
Contact: Dan Meyer, dan@desmos.com
For more information: bit.ly/desmos-iowa-sample

Differentiated Math Centers
Description: An easy-to-manage resource that provides 3 levels of instruction tied to the same Standard of Learning. Each game or activity is standards-aligned, hands-on and complete with formative assessment writing prompt and skills practice.
Grade Level: K-5
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Julie Law, jlaw@hand2mind.com
For more information: https://www.hand2mind.com/Brands/Differentiated-Math-Centers

Pint Size Science 
Description: Engage and inspire young minds to explore scientific phenomena. This course is designed to build science understanding and respond to the ever changing interests and abilities of children.
Grade Level: PreK-2
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Jolie Pelds, Science Center of Iowa, jolie.pelds@sciowa.org
For more information: https://www.sciowa.org/scaleup

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Cybersecurity
Description: Introduce the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourage students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Students solve problems by understanding the vulnerability of computational resources and closing these vulnerabilities.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school
Contact: Vic Dreier, PLTW, vdreier@pltw.org
For more information: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-computer-science-curriculum#curri...

STEM in Action 
Description: Incorporate three-dimensional learning with an emphasis on authentic hands-on, problem-based learning. This course follows the Engineering Design Process of defining the problem, planning solutions, making a prototype, reflecting, communicating results and redesigning.
Grade Level: PreK-5
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Julie Law, Hand2Mind, jlaw@hand2mind.com
For more information: https://www.hand2mind.com/brands/stem-in-action

STEM Innovator
Description: Transform the classroom into incubator spaces where student teams solve real-world problems alongside industry mentors. This course prepares students with the skills and mindset to persist in STEM education, pursue STEM careers and become innovators of the future.
Grade Level: 6-12
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Leslie Flynn, University of Iowa, leslie-flynn@uiowa.edu
For more information: https://jacobsoninstitute.org/STEM-Innovator

VEX IQ Challenge - Presented by the REC Foundation*
Description: Provide the opportunity to learn introductory programming and engineering skills with a snap-together robotics system designed from the ground up.
Grade Level: 4-8
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Mike Martus, REC Foundation, mike_martus@roboticseducation.org
For more information: https://www.roboticseducation.org

VEX V5 - Presented by the REC Foundation*
Description: Provide the opportunity to learn introductory and advanced programming and engineering skills with a snap-together robotics system designed from the ground up.
Grade Level: 9-12
For Settings: In school and out of school
Contact: Mike Martus, REC Foundation, mike_martus@roboticseducation.org
For more information: https://www.roboticseducation.org

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