1. Lynn Cominsky
  2. http://epo.sonoma.edu/~lynnc/
  3. Professor and Chair
  5. Sonoma State University, Ukiah High School
  1. Kevin Considine
  2. IT Consultant
  4. Sonoma State University
  1. Patricia Halpin
  2. Biology Teacher
  4. Ukiah High School
  1. Laura Peticolas
  2. http://epo.sonoma.edu/group/laura-peticolas/
  3. Associate Director
  5. Sonoma State University

Developing a Student-Driven STEM and Computer Science Curriculum for Rural St...


2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Learning by Making is an integrated ninth-grade STEM curriculum that is aligned with NGSS and meets University entry requirements as a laboratory-science class. The Learning by Making curriculum trains students to design and construct their own experiments to make scientific measurements that are personally relevant, and that are critical to the future of our economy and our planet. The goals of the program are to: (1) help districts develop STEM and computer science pathways for Career Technical Education; (2) improve teacher competencies to deliver an integrated STEM and computer science curriculum for ninth grade students, (3) increase student proficiency in math and science, and (4) prepare students for college readiness in a STEM major. Evaluation of students who have participated in the treatment group have indicated significantly positive gains in science content knowledge as well as gains in mathematics content knowledge, when compared to students who did not receive the intervention. These positive results were especially notable for low-performing students, many of whom demonstrated increased problem solving stamina and higher levels of engagement. 

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