Curriculum Development Process




Curriculum Development

Fifty-four integrated STEM units were designed by teams of practicing teachers, or Teacher Fellows, as part of the EngrTEAMS grant project. In preparation for curriculum writing,Teacher Fellows participated in a three-week summer institute that provided information on the engineering design process, science content standards, data analysis techniques and quality engineering curriculum. Teacher teams consulted with engineers, scientists, and university researchers as they drafted engineering design-based units with a science focus. A graduate research assistant served as a curriculum and instructional coach for each team as they developed and then piloted lessons with children enrolled in the U of M Kid’s University Summer Camps. Needed revisions were made and then each team member implemented the curriculum unit with their own students during the following school year, again working with their team and coach to make additional revisions. All lessons were recorded and classroom artifacts collected for analysis of both content and pedagogy.

 

FIELD TESTing

Curricula were analyzed using a STEM Integration Curriculum Assessment rubric based on A Framework for Quality K-12 Engineering Education. Thirteen units were selected for field testing, final edits, and publishing. Teams of field test teachers other than the authors taught and provided feedback on the efficacy of the units in a variety of classroom environments. Implementation of all lessons was recorded for research analysis and field test teachers provided both written and face-to-face feedback regarding effectiveness and usability, including suggestions for improvement, to inform final editing of the curricula.


Curriculum Development Process

 

Years 1–3: Development

Years 4–5: Field Testing

Goal

Develop high-quality STEM integrated curriculum for units related to physical science, earth science, and life science

Revise and field test selected curricula

Who

Teacher Fellows

Field Test Teachers

Professional Development

TFs developed curricula in teams at a 3-week summer PD

FTTs learned about their assigned unit at a 1-week summer PD

Pilot

TFs piloted parts of their curriculum in U of M STEM summer camps

Not Applicable

Implementation

TFs implemented team-written curricula in their own classrooms

FTTs implemented their assigned curricula in their classroom

Curriculum Drafts

Draft 1: Complete after summer TF PD/ before pilot

Draft 2: Complete after pilot/ before TF implementation

Draft 3: Complete after TF implementation

Draft 4: Complete prior to summer FTT PD

Draft 5: Complete after field testing

Support

Coaches

Year 4: Teacher Leaders served as Curriculum Coaches

Year 5: No Curriculum Coach

 

 

Curriculum Units Developed in Years 1–3 and Field Tested in Years 4-5

Content Area

#

Title

Grade Level(s)

Year Field-Tested

Earth Science 2014:

Plate Tectonics and Landforms

 

 

1

Planet Andoddin

Elementary

Year 5

2

Plate Tectonics

Middle 

 

3

Human Impact on Mississippi River Recreational Area Design

Elementary

 

4

EnerGreen Home Design Challenge Middle

Middle

 

5

Soil Solutions

Elementary

 

6

Shake it Up

Elementary

Year 4

7


Mineral Mayhem

Middle

Year 4

Earth Science 2015:

Weather and Water Cycle

 

8

Parking Lot

Middle

 

9

Runaway Runoff

Middle

 

10

Storm Water Challenge

Elementary

 

11

Reimagineering the Water Cycle

Elementary

 

Earth Science 2016:

Rock and Soil

12

Sandboxes

Pre-K

 

Earth Science 2016:

Renewable Energy

 

13

Powered by Renewable Energy

Elementary

 

14

May the Source Be with You

Middle

 

15

Mining Minnesota

Elementary

 

16

Super Soccer Stadium

Elementary

 

Life Science 2014:

Ecosystems

 

17


Loon Nesting Platforms

Middle

Year 4

18

Greenhouse

Elementary

Year 4

19

Save the Moose

Middle

 

20

Pollutants in the Pond

Elementary

Year 5

21

Plants and Space

Middle

 

22

Eco House

Elementary

 

23

Puddling Butterflies

Elementary

 

Life Science 2014:

Natural Selection

24

A Squirrel’s New Suit

Elementary

 

Life Science 2015:

Natural Selection

25

Natural Selection and Biomimicry

Middle

 

26

Survival Suit

Elementary

 

27

Underwater Camouflage

Middle

 

Life Science 2015:

Genetics

28

Viva la Difference

Elementary/Middle

 

Life Science 2015:

Natural Selection

29

Fit Fish

Middle

 

Life Science 2016:

Genetics

30

Viruses

Elementary

 

31

Vampires of the Lake

Elementary/Middle

 

32

Got GMOs?

Middle

Year 5

Physical Science 2014:

Heat Transfer

33

Chill Out

Elementary

Year 4

34

Ecuadorian Fishermen

Middle

Year 5

35

Solar Ovens

Middle

 

36

Keep it Cool!

Elementary

 

Physical Science 2014:

States of Matter

37

Water Desalination- Survivor Style

Middle

 

38

Rocket-powered Delivery system

Elementary

 

Physical Science 2015:

Force & Motion

39

Engineering to the Rescue

 

 

40

Landmine Detonation Project

Elementary

Year 4

41

Flood Rescue Mission


Middle

Year 4

42

Bicycle Physics

Elementary

 

43

Chemical Cargo Carriers

Middle/High

 

44

Water Wheel Challenge

Elementary

 

Physical Science 2016: Magnetism, Electricity, Electromagnetism

45

Electromagnet Cranes

Elementary

 

46

Off the Grid

Middle/High

 

47

Diggin’ For Fools Gold

Elementary

Year 5

48

Electromagnetic Aircraft Launcher

Middle

 

49

Maglev train

Middle

 

50

Engineering Speakers

Elementary

 

51

Amusing Science

Elementary

 

Physical Science 2016:

Sound and Light

52

Laser Security System

Middle

Year 5

53

Sound

Middle

 

54

Sound and Light

Elementary

 

 

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