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Teaching Middle School STEM Education With iPads
With a great need in our nation for innovative thinkers in the careers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), it becomes crucial that educators capture the power of STEM education at the middle school level (National Academies, 2007). During this impressionable time, students can be encouraged to learn problem-solving skills that promote STEM careers. This project created a yearlong STEM curriculum that provides middle school science educators with resources to implement lessons that support developing skills needed for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. The lessons and resources utilize mobile learning with iPads to integrate with STEM curriculum. The curriculum aligns with the Common Core State Standards and the California science standards for grades six through eight. Each module is designed to capture the interest of students at the middle level grades and creates challenges that require students to learn science, engineering, technology, and mathematics in creative and innovative ways.