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A STEM Lab in Action

by Peter 6. March 2017 04:37

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A STEM Lab in Action

The Paxton/Patterson STEM Lab at Cerro Villa Middle School with instructor, Dan Baker. Students engineer mechanisms, test fly gliders, experiment with lasers and wind turbines, 3D print, race dragsters, launch rockets, create forensic science sketches, and more.

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Lunar Robot Prototype

by Peter 28. February 2017 04:44
Lunar Robot Prototype

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Got Grit Contest Winner, Noah Terhune, engineered a lunar robot prototype that is capable of launching orbital transmitters. Stability and consistency proved to be a major challenge, requiring weeks of adaptations. Creating the pneumatic system, programming the movements and controlling the robot added to his struggles. Noah demonstrated GRIT by overcoming the difficulties and completing the challenge.

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New College and Career Ready Curriculum

by Peter 15. February 2017 05:43

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Introducing Eight New Modules

Ready to Integrate with Your Lab

 

Intro To Culinary Arts

The principles and fundamental techniques needed for basic food preparation/presentation and workplace operations in the restaurant, food and beverage industry.

Kitchen and food safety • kitchen tools and equipment • understanding recipes • measurement • food costing • plate presentation & garnishing • cooking methods • roles in a restaurant • front of house • back of house • restaurant types • menu planning • laws & regulations • customer service • green practices • sustainability • career planning

 

Lifetime Nutrition & Wellness

The principles of lifetime wellness and nutrition to establish an informed decision making process that promotes wellness throughout the life cycle.

MyPlate • dietary guidelines • nutrition principles • nutrients • dietary reference intake • life cycle & lifestyle nutrition • metabolism • the law of energy • dimensions of wellness • assessing fitness levels • digestive system • disease prevention • food detriments • nutrition & wellness fads • global wellness • career planning

 

DESIGN & MARKETING

The fundamental elements and principles of modern design with an emphasis on providing design solutions that meet marketing strategies from concept to completion.

Elements and principles of design • design vs. marketing • design & selling psychology • color theory in design • interior design • concept walls • design in fashion • economics • marketing vs. advertising • market research principles • demand analysis • marketing strategies • product design • pricing & distribution • advertising strategies • global marketing

 

PERSONAL FINANCE

An understanding of personal finance and how to function in the marketplace as a wise and thoughtful consumer and business owner.

Money & income • fixed vs. variable expenses • budgeting • goal setting • employment • wages & benefits • banking basics • roles within a bank • money management • lending • interest • risk management • insurance • personal vs. business taxes • financial planning • emergency funds • financial portfolios • savings & investments • the global economy & market • career planning

 

HOME MAINTENANCE FUNDAMENTALS

The fundamental skills and techniques required for home maintenance, repair and improvement.

Tools, terminology & safety • measurements • interior & exterior maintenance • basic repairs • prep & painting techniques • carpentry basics • home safety checklist • plumbing, electrical & HVAC basics • improving home efficiency • career planning

 

INTRO TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT

The principles of intellectual, physical and social /emotional development of children, while making a connection to careers in Child Development from infancy to adolescence.

Child development theories • principles of growth & development • newborns, toddlers, preschool & school-aged children • cognitive development • social-cultural influences • special needs • employment settings & qualifications • safety & sanitation procedures • staff & family relations • ethical & legal responsibilities • career planning

 

CAREGIVING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

The responsibilities of managing one’s healthcare with an emphasis on the role of care providers throughout the aging process.

Family dynamics & life cycle • family support systems • caregiving responsibilities • aging process • nutrition & wellness connection • geriatric care • empathy vs. sympathy • disability care • communication skills • services • support planning • monitoring & documentation • health & safety policies & procedures • abuse & neglect • career planning

 

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM MANAGEMENT

The management and entrepreneurial skills necessary to work in establishments related to the field of hospitality and tourism.

Tourism geography • customer service • business math • hospitality law • accounting • convention marketing • hotel reservation systems • industry sectors • management • travel agent • economics • operations • safety, sanitation & emergency procedures • event planning • career planning

 

Contact your local Educational Consultant for more details.

877-243-8763

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December Got Grit Contest Winners

by Peter 20. January 2017 06:08

Decemmber Contest Winners


December Got Grit Contest Winners

Deniz Telci and Jacob Weinstein

We are proud to reward the hard work and determination that Deniz and Jacob demonstrated. The team developed glider prototypes, in the STEM Lab at Reading Junior High School, with instructor, Rachelle Ferguson. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work.

Would you like to enter the Got Grit contest?

click for contest details

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STEM Education Success Stories

by Peter 16. December 2016 06:37

STEM Success Stories


Altar Valley STEM Success

Altar Valley Launches into STEM efforts with Paxton/Patterson. Learn how test scores have nearly doubled in just one year. Watch interviews with teachers, administrators and students.

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Lorraine Rivera, of Arizona Week, interviews Dr. David Dumon, Superintendent of Altar Valley School District, to discuss the success of their Paxton/Patterson STEM Program. Learn about the significant improvements in reading, writing and math benchmark scores as the district concentrates on communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity skills.

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Source: Arizona Week news

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