2020-21 Scale-Up Program Overview
Through a rigorous review process, the STEM Council selected 13 programs to be offered on the STEM Scale-Up Program menu to provide high-quality STEM education offerings to schools, afterschool programs and other settings for grades pre-K through 12.
These programs range from building robots and coding programs to conducting agricultural field experiences and learning about STEM careers. All went through a rigorous review process at both the national and state level, demonstrating an appeal to diverse youth, success in improving academic performance, evidence of integrating STEM concepts, development of school-business-community partnerships and sustainability beyond STEM Council financial support.
Programs can be applied for here.
2020-2021 STEM Scale-Up Program Menu
Pint Size Science: Grade preK - 2, in-school or out-of-school
Engage and inspire young minds to explore scientific phenomena. This course is designed to build science understanding and respond to the ever changing interests and abilities of children.
STEM in Action: Grades PK-5, in-school or out-of-school
Incorporate three-dimensional learning with an emphasis on authentic hands-on, problem-based learning. This course follows the Engineering Design Process of defining the problem, planning solutions, making a prototype, reflecting, communicating results and redesigning.
Differentiated Math Centers: Grades k-5, in-school or out-of-school
An easy-to-manage resource that provides 3 levels of instruction tied to the same Standard of Learning. Each game or activity is standards-aligned, hands-on and complete with formative assessment writing prompt and skills practice.
VEX IQ Challenge: Grades 4-8, in-school or out-of-school
Provide the opportunity to learn introductory programming and engineering skills with a snap-together robotics system designed from the ground up.
VEX V5: Grades 9 - 12, in-school or out-of-school
Provide the opportunity to learn introductory and advanced programming and engineering skills with a snap-together robotics system designed from the ground up.
Desmos: Grade 8, in-school
Desmos is a digital upgrade of the widely-adopted and highly-rated middle school math curriculum authored by Illustrative Mathematics. Desmos has added to IM's curriculum a) engaging game-like feedback, b) a powerful activity dashboard that helps teachers respond to student learning, c) and a continuous professional development model supporting teachers throughout the year.
Bootstrap: Data Science: Grades 8-12, in-school
Students develop questions and learn how to analyze data critically to make meaning from the data. Flexibly designed for inclusion within courses such as math, computer science, business, and social studies.
Computer Science Fundamentals: Grades K-5, in-school or out-of-school
Foster equity and diversity in the classroom, breaking down barriers and stereotypes around computer science. This course is designed to be flexible for the classroom.
Computer Science Discoveries: Grades 6-10, in-school
Inspire students as they build their own websites, apps, games and physical computing devices. This course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS and data.
Computer Science Principles: Grades 9-12, in-school
Introduce students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenge them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. This course is a rigorous, engaging and approachable exploration of the foundational ideas of computing.
PLTW Cybersecurity: Grades 9-12 in-school
Introduce the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourage students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Students solve problems by understanding the vulnerability of computational resources and closing these vulnerabilities.
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) – Agricultural Power and Technology: Grades 9-12, in-school
Immerse students in inquiry-based exercises that tie in the math and science of agricultural mechanics and engineering. Throughout the course, students will apply technical skill while becoming competent in the process used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment.
STEM Innovator: Grades 6-12. in-school
Transform the classroom into incubator spaces where student teams solve real-world problems alongside industry mentors. This course prepares students with the skills and mindset to persist in STEM education, pursue STEM careers and become innovators of the future.