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.