Project S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Applied Math)
Linwood Middle School (Middlesex) teachers Dee Guarino and Lori Levitt received an $1,800 grant from NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education to implement Project S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Applied Math).
Middle school technology students will research how various games are developed, designed, and marketed, and then form teams to research mini-Pitch and Putt type games. After doing a market analysis, they will design and construct a mini-Pitch and Putt game that incorporates at least two obstacles such an uphill/downhill ramp and one motor operating challenge. Students will use Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to complete the design.
The students will make detailed presentations to teachers and eighth-grade students. After reviewing the designs, the eighth-grade science classes will form teams to analyze the plans and select one for which they will customize a golf ball.
Final presentation of the entire project will be made to the school administration, teachers, and parents, as well as science and technology classes.
The teachers plan to develop formal assessments, surveys, and curriculum to use in the future as supplemental curriculum for technology and eighth-grade science classes.
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