Danielle Stieber, the 7th/8th STEM teacher at DeForest Area Middle School, recently guided students through hands-on projects that challenged them to use their imaginations. Her 7th grade class built Foot Orthosis projects for their Design and Modeling class, which is helping them learn more about the engineering design process.
Another one of Stieber’s classes got the chance to learn more about robotics. They were asked to build a robot and also write down detailed instructions of how to build them. Once the students’ assignments were completed, another student in the class read their directions and put the robot together.
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. A nationally-recognized curriculum called, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), was implemented in Fall 2015 at the middle school and high school. DAMS uses the Gateway to Technology program, which includes nine-week units that explore modeling, robotics, technology, and computer science.