The NICERC curriculum has brought the use of project learning to an entirely new level. I am able to utilize the modules to aid in development of a well-rounded student through cross curricular activities. My classroom is forever changed with the use of this curriculum because my students not only understand the content, but are able to utilize it in projects that reflect real world scenarios.
STEM concepts are important to my students because it can be found throughout their everyday lives. When students are able to better understand the world around them, they appreciate it more. The modules and projects found throughout the curriculums available allow students to partake in and work with others just as they would in their respective careers. Being able to use this curriculum that revolves around STEM education has allowed my students to explore STEM concepts in greater depth and to hopefully pursue careers in this field.
As a high school teacher, I feel it is my job to ensure my students are prepared for post-secondary life. It can be a daunting task trying to help a teenager chose a possible career path with they have no idea of their interests. When students first enter my classroom at the beginning of the school year, they have little to no idea of what “robotics” or “STEM” is all about. They just think it is “cool” to be able to work with robots all day, but it is so much more than that. Students are forced out of their comfort zones of routine notes, quizzes, and exams to instead utilize the content learned in class to showcase their knowledge through collaboration with their classmates. As a teacher, seeing students collaborate with each other to manipulate a concept in a project of module instead of just memorizing the idea of it is the high point of your day. Using the NICERC curriculum I am able to watch students evolve into higher-order critical thinkers throughout the school year and it is the greatest success I could ever ask for as a teacher.
Thank you Julie for sharing how you use NICERC curricula in your classroom!
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