Engineering by Design standards, February 2017Meet ITEEA
Elevate Education is one of Australia’s leading providers of educational solutions to secondary schools, working with over 1000 secondary schools across the country each year. The eduSTEM curriculum is an Elevate Education initiative, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University – a world leader in robotics, engineering and computer science. The eduSTEM curriculum has been tried and tested with over 1,000,000 students in 16,000 schools and educational institutions around the world. It is both the largest and most awarded STEM curriculum globally, and represents the gold standard for practical and engaging STEM curricula.
The eduSTEM curriculum has been developed by Carnegie Mellon University and adjusted to suit Australian curriculum standards. It has a STEM stream (focusing on robotics, engineering and automated systems) and a digital technologies stream (focusing on coding, app development and software/web design). The curriculum has courses for each year level from Prep/Reception through to Year 10, with over 50 hours of classroom content available per year level. The curriculum is therefore designed to fit into a semester elective, or as a cross-curricula subject to be taught in maths, science and IT/design and technology classes.
The curriculum combines proven pedagogical methods and a full suite of software to create a gamified, simulated learning environment. Supported by staff professional development designed by Carnegie Mellon, the eduSTEM curriculum is unparalleled in preparing Australian students to succeed in the 21st century.
eduSTEM’s curricula contains up to 100 hours of content for each year level and has been designed to fit within either targeted maths classes or a dedicated STEM subject or stream within the school. Teachers can choose which modules and activities to integrate into their classes, using as much or as little as they choose.view our programs
One of the reasons that it is so hard for teachers to find high quality STEM curricula is that they tend to focus on an isolated number of year groups. eduSTEM’s curricula has been designed to integrate not only across high school, but across primary and high school, so that schools can integrate with their feeder primary schools to ensure that students develop essential STEM skills as early as possible.view our programs
eduSTEM’s curricula incorporates practical hands on components to bring the skills and theory to life. In eduSTEM’s robotics stream students incorporate a range of mathematic, science, computer science, engineering and computation skills to program robots to complete a range of real world challenges. Whilst in our computer science stream students incorporate similar skills to develop animations and interactive games and quizzes. Beyond ensuring that the curricula is gamified, fun and engaging, these hands-on challenges reinforce the idea that STEM skills have real world, practical applications.view our programs
Students don’t just learn skills such as coding and computational thinking that are essential for participation in the 21st century workplace. They also learn a range of other essential workplace skills such as: teamwork and collaboration through participation in group challenges and digital safety skills from privacy, to cyber bullying and cyber ethics.view our programs
eduSTEM’s curricula are designed to make it as easy as possible for teachers to quickly and confidently integrate into their classrooms. EduSTEM’s staff training program has trained 11,000 teachers to date. All staff complete this program and receive STEM certification and master training qualifications from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy. Further, help is always one phone-call away with eduSTEM’s specialised pedagogy and customer support staff.view our programs
Each program includes an end of year testing module in which students complete a series of tasks and submit a work portfolio. Students successfully passing this challenge earn a STEM certificate from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy.view our programs
The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) recently (February 2017) endorsed the curriculum’s robotics and engineering stream in achieving the ITEEA’s Engineering by Design standards. The eduSTEM curriculum, designed by Robomatter and Carnegie Mellon University, is the first worldwide to attain certification through this rigorous evaluation process. ITEEA President Jared Bitting commented, “Having met the criteria of The Engineering Endorsement Matrix, ITEEA is pleased to endorse the (eduSTEM) curriculum. It exemplifies the degree to which engineering literacy is promoted through content and alignment to the Standards for Technological literacy”
In addition, the curriculum has been recognised (in December 2016) by the Global STEM Alliance as a best practice example of STEM curriculum worldwide. The eduSTEM curriculum is one of only two curricula worldwide to achieve this recognition.
The Global STEM Alliance (GSA) STEM Education Framework aims to identify best practices in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. It reflects current education research and draws on innovative and effective practices employed around the world. The framework details 26 features of quality STEM education in 3 essential areas:
Core Competencies: To what extent are students provided with opportunities to develop 21st-century skills needed to thrive in the modern workplace?
Instructional Design: To what extent do the materials and/or program design reflect research-based pedagogy and a cohesive system of learning objectives, supports, and assessment resources
Implementation: To what extent are necessary supports or services available to facilitate distribution and ensure effective implementation?
This framework is intended to be used by anyone engaged in STEM education to help guide the development and evaluation of high-quality instructional programs and materials. It was developed by the New York Academy of Sciences in collaboration with an advisory board of STEM education experts.
The curriculum, and the research done by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, was recently recognised in the 2016 NMC Horizon Report as a worldwide leader in bringing STEM, robotics and computational thinking to classrooms. If you are interested, you can access the report here. The Horizon Project is an initiative by the New Media Consortium (NMC) to chart emerging technologies for teaching and learning. Its objective is to help educators and thought leaders across the world build upon the innovation happening at their institutions by providing them with expert research and analysis.
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