STEM: Project-Based Chemistry   [Archived Catalog]

EDU 6541 - STEM: Project-Based Chemistry

Credits, 3 sem hrs
Prerequisite(s): Admitted to Graduate School The purpose of this course is to present various project-based chemistry projects appropriate for students in grades K-12. These projects support the STEM initiative proposed by the U. S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. On August 9, 2007, the President signed into law H. R. 2272, “the America Competes Act” or “America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Activities.” Recently developed curriculum frameworks (i.e. national standards in engineering, technology, science, and mathematics) will serve as a backdrop for learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in K-12 schools. STEM concepts will be used in this course to highlight chemistry project-based learning. Authentic assessment and evaluation practices will be used in the design, construction, test phase, and completes product of each project selected or assigned. The role of the teacher as a change agent will be considered as an important issue of systemic reform in STEM. The teacher will then become a “guide-on-the-side” rather than being a “sage-on-the-stage” in their own classrooms.