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Life Science PBL

At STEM School Highlands Ranch, our students learn through authentic problem-based learning (PBL) experiences that are connected with our curriculum and standards.  We encourage problem-solving, creativity, and innovation as our student’s research and develop their own solutions to real-world problems.

 

Our Second Grade Students have been learning about the Mountain Pine Beetle, and the impact it has on our society and environment. The life cycle of the butterfly, and the interdependence of insects and plants.  The rapid decline in the bee population and the impact on our worlds agriculture and finally the study of the Colorado Corridors project, and the importance of wildlife migration. To enable STEM students to become life-long problem-solvers, we have charged the students with designing  ways to help with these real world problems. The students will plan a presentation that represents how to solve these problems and the effects on our environment.

 

The second grade students are in teams of five-six that are a combination from all classrooms.   They will be expected to present an innovative idea that shows how their idea will work and why it is environmentally friendly, utilizing technology.  The students will be prepared to answer questions and discuss their solution. The panel of experts to provide an authentic audience, to question the students’ thinking and provide feedback.  Research shows when students have the opportunity to have an audience genuinely interested in their work, they are more invested in their learning.  We are hoping to provide the next generation of innovative and creative leaders.

 

Silvaggio's Mountain Pine Beetle Groups

Pine Beetle Squad

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Tree Team

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Mountain Fireballs

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Mountain Pine Beetle Tree Savers

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Invisible Forcefield

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Brook's Bee Groups

The Good Spray

The Good Spray

Bee Houses

Bee Houses

Saving The Bees

Saving the Bees

Diamond Bees

Diamond Bees

How to Save the Bees

How to Save the Bees

Bee Savers

Bee Savers

 

Slater's Corridor Project Groups

 

TSA Technology Robots

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Bridges

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Underground Technology Boys

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She Wolf Pack - New Food Resources

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Bridges and Walls

bridges and walls

Sensors

 

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Logue's Butterfly/Garden Groups

Butterfly Empire

Butterfly Savers I

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Butterfly Savers II

Save the Butterflies

Colorful Rainbow Butterflies

 

Presentation Videos