ActionLABS Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Education
Curriculum type: Unit
Academic subject areas: Mathematics; Laboratory Science; Interdisciplinary; Career-Technical Education; Career Exploration
States' Career Clusters: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Manufacturing; Information Technology; Health Science; Arts, Audio-Video Technology, Communications; Architecture & Construction; Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
California Industry sector(s): Manufacturing and Product Development; Information Technology; Health Science and Medical Technology; Engineering and Design; Energy and Utilities; Building Trades and Construction; Arts, Media, and Entertainment; Agriculture and Natural Resources; Transportation
Duration: 10 days per unit, 22 units
Grade Target: Middle/Junior High
Level of Expertise for CTE: Introductory
Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement
Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, State and/or Industry Standards included
Keywords: Career Exploration, STEM careers, middle school
Source: Organization/Publisher-developed Credit: Paxton Patterson
Usage Restrictions: Must have a contract with Paxton Patterson to use curriculum.
Curriculum Link: http://www.paxtonpatterson.com/actionlabs-overview.aspx
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The ActionLABS program offers 10 days of instruction in each of 22 Integrated Instructional Units (IIUs) that introduce students to a wide range of STEM career fields. Current technological content is delivered through multimedia and video, balanced by hands-on activities that teach scientific inquiry skills. With a heavy emphasis on the inter-relationship of science, engineering and technology, each IIU demonstrates deep alignment through testing and rubric assessments.
Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives
Paxton/Patterson programs focus on building 21st century skills including: teamwork, initiative, problem solving, self-direction, and career development.
In each of the 22 areas, CAREERplus provides a 10-day project-based exploratory activity that introduces students to the type of work involved in that career field. For instance, in Computer Graphics and Animation: Messages and digital information stream at young minds 24 hours a day. They will create logos, packaging, media design, and animated works. As students create their own media they begin to understand how advertisers use media to stimulate purchases. Students also explore the many opportunities for careers in graphic communications.
Integrated Units are available in the following subjects:
Computer Aided Drafting
Computer Graphics and Animation
Communications Numeric Control
Energy and Power
Environment & Technology
Health & Fitness
Research & Development
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