i2 STEM WEEK | Massachusetts

October 22 – 26, 2018
A new learning opportunity for middle school students and teachers across the state

STEM Week is an immersive program that transforms middle schools into STEM learning labs. During STEM Week, regularly scheduled course periods are replaced by hands-on curriculum developed by MIT and a number of other leading STEM organizations. Over the five days, teachers and students work in teams to solve real-world problems in a classroom where hands-on experimentation, critical thinking, and collaboration are encouraged and used as teaching techniques to engage and inspire students.

Transform Your Classroom
Train Your Teachers
Inspire Your Students

A Complete STEM Program

5 Full Days of Curriculum

4-5 Hours Per Day

i2 Learning has partnered with over 20 of the world’s leading STEM organizations to develop 60 unique hands-on STEM courses. All courses are 20-25 hours of hands-on, project-based curriculum, designed to be taught over the course of a week. The courses can be run for students of all abilities and backgrounds in grades 4–8 and all curriculum maps to the Next Generation Science Standards.

i2 Learning provides face-to-face training for all i2 courses. Because the curriculum is designed to integrate multiple subject areas (including disciplines beyond STEM, such as English language arts and history) i2’s professional development workshops are designed to include teachers from all fields.

 

During the i2 professional development, teachers assume the role of learners and experience the same activities and pedagogical strategies they will later implement with their students during the school day. Ideally, the workshops run over two consecutive days, though it can be broken out into four half day sessions over a longer period of time if necessary. The first half of the first day of training is focused on project-based learning. The remainder of the time is spent on the specific activities that will be implemented in the course. All materials and supplies necessary for the workshops are provided by i2.

i2 Learning provides complete course kits containing all materials needed to run each of the courses. Some courses have technology requirements such as laptops and internet access that i2 does not provide and these requirements are discussed with schools before choosing an appropriate program. Teacher and student guides are available for each course, with some course booklets available in Spanish.

i2 Online provides educators a platform with access to curriculum, activities, worksheets, tutorial videos, a finished product gallery, and a variety of “just-in-time” support tools. Through i2 Online, teachers can share their experiences with other teachers and give and get support during course preparation and while class is in session. Teachers also have access to curriculum trainers through interactive webinars and email.

STEM Week is available at no cost to Massachusetts schools thanks to the generous support of leading Massachusetts-based STEM corporations and private foundations.

Courses

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Programming option available for any grade, 6 – 8.

Additional Technology Program Available for High Schools:

Partners

Vertex
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Lynch Foundation
Mass Life Science
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Results

97

Boston STEM Week Schools Reported a Positive or Very Positive Impact

An independent evaluation by Teachers College, Columbia University found:

 

During STEM Week

  • Students showed high levels of engagement with highest school attendance all year and a significant drop in disciplinary issues
  • Students showed increased comfort in making changes when things do not go according to plan

 

After STEM Week

  • Students showed a statistically significant increased interest in an engineering career
  • Teachers are rethinking STEM instruction & considering STEM Week-type activities throughout the year
90

STEM Week Students Liked or Loved Their Course

Boston

37
Schools

300
Teachers

6,500
Students

Newark

25
Schools

100
Teachers

2,250
Students

STEM Week has been successfully run at schools across the country, including annual district-wide programs in Boston (Fall 2016 & 2017) and Newark (Spring 2017 & 2018).