Pitsco Debuts Cross-Curricular STEM Expeditions
Pitsco Education has launched STEM Expeditions, a cloud-based cross-curricular program designed to use technology and active learning to promote science inquiry, math practice and engineering design principles.
The expeditions are standards based, designed to be effective regardless of student learning style, can be used for whole-class instruction or for small-group or rotation-based instruction. Each begins with an "essential question" designed to focus and shape student thinking on a range of 28 topics covering issues such as robots, rockets, food safety and electricity.
"Every expedition incorporates problem solving via the engineering design process (ask-imagine-plan-create-improve), which students detail in their logbooks as they write for reflection and documentation of the overall experience," according to a news release. "By the end of the expedition, students have well-documented proof to justify their answers to the essential question."
"STEM Expeditions represent Pitsco's most significant curriculum development since Modules," said Matt Frankenbery, Pitsco vice president of education, in a prepared statement. "Each Expedition focuses on a single topic and includes extensive hands-on experiences with equipment and materials, performance and skills assessment, problem solving, teamwork, and data collection and analysis."
Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].