The STE(A)M Truck experience has three important components:
1) Innovative and experiential curriculum: The STE(A)M Truck curriculum is educator-developed and focused on building design thinking and engineering skills, as well as character traits critical for success in all fields. It integrates Georgia STEM standards with maker movement principles and hands-on experiential learning. The 20-day program is broken into six types of programming days:
o Spark: Entire school visits the Truck and tools; students explore “what is making” by participating in a variety of activities.
o Explore: Students see artisans at work and learn how to use the tools, practicing a skill or two.
o Tinker: Students play with and explore the use of different materials, including through the process of “destruction,” or reverse engineering.
o Design: Students collaborate to solve a problem, using design thinking principles.
o Build: Students construct a solution to the problem, from brainstorming to building innovative solutions.
o Share: Students report back to the school community on the processes they followed and the final product that emerged.
2) Resources and tools: STE(A)M Truck provides access to “real-world” resources and tools, from laser cutters and 3-D printers to simple hammers and nails, and teaches students how to safely engage with them. These tools are applied to relevant and tangible problems; for example, one group of students designed a camera accessible by a teen videographer born without arms.
3) High-touch adult support: STE(A)M Truck staffing is designed to deliver a high-touch, small- group experience to each cohort of students. Each Truck is anchored by an educator, who manages the experience and supports effective delivery of the curriculum. The educator is supported by 2-3 maker-mentors and resident artists, who guide the students through the discovery process. Maker-mentors have a design or STEM background, and are trained in design thinking principles and maker-movement concepts. Resident artists are typically local artists or artisans that participate in build projects with students. Importantly, both the maker-mentors and resident artists are “of the community,” and serve as role models who “vary refreshingly from the norm,” in the words of one STE(A)M Truck partner.
Interested in scheduling a STE(A)M Truck program? Please contact Jason Martin. firstname.lastname@example.org
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