Welcome back to the BAA STEAM website! Since 2009, BAA has embraced the term STEAM to show our commitment to teaching the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in innovative and interdisciplinary ways.
Our STEAM work is still very much a work in progress, but this year we hope to share our successes and struggles. On this home page, we will highlight some of our work developing STEAMy lessons and activities for our own classrooms. We hope that others can use or adapt these lessons for their own benefit.
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This a great project for students investigating building technologies. It includes forces, loads and the engineering design process.
Click here for a copy of their workshop powerpoint presentation and workshop handout.
In this project, students are asked to develop a candle product to help a struggling business. The goal of this assignment is to give students the opportunity to produce a product and to actively engage with the Engineering and Design process (define the problem, research, brainstorm, choose the best idea, prototype, test and evaluate, and communicate results). In addition to learning the Engineering process, students also get a hands-on manufacturing experience, as they have to separate, mold, form, assemble, condition and finish a product. Initially, students often struggle: deciding what to make, creating the mold, pouring the wax, adding fragrance and color. Slowly they make progress, and eventually find success. Through this process, in addition to engineering and design principles, students learn to master obstacles, trust each other, and take pride in their efforts.
We have shared with you a PowerPoint presentation that describes the four most common types of drawing used in Engineering. It comes with an interactive worksheet that helps the students focus on the elements of the various types of drawings. We describe orthographic, isometric, perspective and oblique drawing.Orthographic and isometric drawings are highlighted as they are often found as test questions in the MCAS test Engineering and Technology.
We're starting the new year thinking about putting the T in STEAM. Our 9th grade math classes are temporarily regrouped so that every student can choose a tech-based project. Some students are learning iMovie and others are making stop-motion animation movies using the SAM program. Click here to learn more about our old-school technology project, where students are creating animation programs on a TI graphing calculator.
Also, you can see a YouTube video showing a sample of student animation projects.
lesson of the week
Recently, we've been working on refining some of our projects to make them more engaging and more enriching for students. In Geometry, we just refined our Lighting Design project by using video to get students more involved in the project task. Take a look at our "Black Box Tour" video, starring BAA student Gary Gonzalez and see how math really does connect to the world of theater and lighting design.
Click here to read more about this assignment.
new lesson of the week on the Electoral College. We used this last spring with our 11th graders and it was a great way to review some simple data analysis and connect to current events.
Click here for more information about our IKEA Project, including photos of student work and handouts.
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