Educators mentor students to develop foundational capacities prerequisite to all STEM learning, like spatial reasoning, problem-solving, and symbolization. While many students learn these fluencies at home, this phase helps fill in critical gaps that may exist, especially for underserved students.
Students build on what they’ve learned in the Elementary School program to explore STEM concepts from their everyday world, authoring with technology to solve problems and create new solutions. Projects focus on structural and mechanical engineering as well as remote control robotics.
Students begin exploring applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, and robotics. Students focus on intuitive concepts like how to make things strong and how to make things move. As a result, they gain confidence in their ability to use technology to design solutions to problems.
Students learn to use multiple technologies to create system solutions. Explorations include mechanical and structural engineering, computer-aided design and 3D printing, computer science and programmable robotics, and integrated design challenges. These experiences help students increase their curiosity and confidence in STEM concepts.