Students will be instructed using the Clear Creek ISD (CCISD) curriculum following state guidelines (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), and are held to the same standards as all other CCISD students. In addition, students will participate in enrichment coursework in science, math, and engineering. Technology and design application will be integrated into everyday classroom activities.
In addition to following state guidelines, the students will engage in teacher-guided, student-led exploratory activities. These activities provide curriculum extensions, opportunities for open-ended problem solving, and real-world connections.
Each nine weeks, students will participate in a “STEM Block” for one week. This STEM Block of time will focus on integrating an engineering objective with the science TEKS. Where appropriate, language arts, math and social studies will be integrated into this unit of study. For example, third grade science students study the effects of humans on the environment through a unit focused on the effects of oil spills and our efforts to clean animals and the environment. At the end of this two day study, students are asked to build a tool that will clean a mock oil spill. Students follow a design process and communicate their results in a showcase at the end of the week.
The core STEM subjects are used to encourage students to think critically and solve real-world problems. The curriculum is designed to provide students with high-interest connections in science and engineering. Expository writing is infused throughout the curriculum.
To increase communication and presentation skills, students will showcase their designs and present the findings of their passion-based learning to others. A presentation time or showcase is scheduled into the end of each engineering block week. Block teachers in P.E., Music, and Art will provide choice and enrichment along STEM-focused objectives. In addition, Art, PE and Music will pilot enrichment choice classes for all fifth grade students.
Extra Enrichment Opportunities
Students are taught using best practices and scientific inquiry. In addition to the regular CCISD curriculum, STEM students will experience the following:
- Outside field trips that deepen understanding of scientific concepts.
- Challenging Engineering, Design and Application Lab Experiences.
- Guest Speakers who are experts in their field.
- Technology applications appropriate for the science/math curriculum.
- Research to answer scientific questions and real-world problem solving in the community.
Students in the Satellite E-STEM Magnet School are assessed using the same assessment measures as all CCISD students. This includes: The Benchmark Assessment System (BAS), Developmental Reading Assessment and Observation Survey (DRA), standardized tests (STAAR), Curriculum-Based Assessments (CBA), curriculum benchmarks and other formative assessments.