On April 7th, 4 Learn Deep Fellows in the current cohort attended the ‘Come Back’ conference of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST). They were invited by Kevin Anderson from DPI to share their experience implementing the water inquiry projects they collaboratively designed during STEM Studio for their middle school students.
Their design, taken as a year long framework to work from, incorporates a number of aspects, and learning standards, in the domain of water: broadening awareness of ‘water quality’, STEM activity around developing your own sensor, and community engagement exploring how to positively impact quality of life in your own community.
Over the course of the presentation, participants were prompted think through and share:
- Who they would want to involve if designing a Learning Experience Framework themselves;
- local partners and facilities that they could incorporate to expose their students to ‘the real world’, and
- What resources they are aware of in their own school (district) that they could use (perhaps in a new way) to enrich the learning experience for students.
Who would you invite as collaborator in design?
The specific options will differ somewhat per geographic location, but the common categories in the collection are:
- My teacher colleagues
- Local expertise working in water related role (DNR, Water Treatment, etc.)
- Municipal leadership
- Higher Ed, Science related expertise
Who might you want to collaborate with to design a PBL style learning experience for your students?
Where & how might you engage students?
- Local natural resources such as lakes, rivers, etc.
- Water processing facilities
- Higher ed labs and research facilities
What are the resources you have available in your community for the ‘real world’ project that you would love to create for your students?
What school resources are available?
- My school’s science department
- Higher Ed labs
- Natural labs in close vicinity (forest)
- Existing connections that provide easy access to resources.
What resources are already available in your own school building that you could begin to involve in student projects to give students a more comprehensive experience?
A big thanks to Kevin Anderson for providing the opportunity for the the Fellows to share their work!
The slide deck from the presentation can be found here.