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East Haven intends to create 21st Century learning environments through the execution of a grade 6-12 STEM competition and building an online virtual learning environment that provides the framework of ISTE/NETS standards-based instruction and assessment related to this project.

Our definition of a STEM competition is an engineering challenge related to grade-level science content and inquiry and focused on pre-engineering principles. All grade 6-8 students and 9-12 engineering and physics students in the East Haven school district will participate. The winning teams from each grade will be awarded the opportunity to take part in hands-on engineering opportunities at the Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven.

The STEM competition will be delivered in the Moodle virtual learning environment. Moodle, an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, is a free and open source course management system that has become popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic websites that foster blended learning. It features forums, databases and wikis to build richly collaborative communities of learning. Our Moodle environment would support the research, analysis, content and inquiry development and feedback students need in order to work towards the completion of the STEM challenge for their grade.

We envision increased collaboration between science, math and technology teachers. The STEM competition will bring teachers together to identify the critical content and related skills students must master to meet the STEM challenge.  We expect greater student engagement not only because of the elevated rigor that the STEM competition involves but also the hands-on visual instructional methods that address multiple learning styles.

Improve student achievement through effective use of technology. 

•S.T.E.M. Competition
•Online virtual learning environments

•All students grades 6-8
•Engineering & physics students grades 9-12
•Sixteen classroom teachers
•Five administrators

•Google SketchUp
•Interactive Eno boards