Defined STEM is a new initiative put in place at the Phoenixville Area Middle School. Teachers are asked to have lessons that are engaging and relevant, cross-curricular, focus on 21st century skills, differentiate learning, incorporate non-fiction reading and writing and provide an authentic assessment of their students’ understanding. We see this as the core fundamental of what STEM education is all about and Defined STEM strives to bring this type of learning to each teacher and student in a school
Defined STEM’s Performance Tasks are built from the UBD (Understanding By Design) framework and present a real-world problem within the context of a career/industry. The career based videos frame the task, which allows the students to see the task through the career lens. These video lessons show the students the practical application of the educational concepts they are learning in school.