As teachers, we know that it is important to make classroom learning as relevant

As teachers, we know that it is important to make classroom learning as relevant to students as possible. You never want to hear your students ask, “When will we EVER use this?” So, in this assignment, we will focus on the application of STEM learning in real-world contexts.
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In the Niehoff resource, “7 Real-World Issues That Can Allow Students to Tackle Big Challenges,” the author identified seven real-world areas of challenge that lend themselves well to providing context to STEM instruction. They include:
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Climate change
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Healthcare
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Food insecurity
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Violence
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Homelessness
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Sustainability
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Education
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You have also learned of the significance of community involvement in classroom STEM learning. For this assignment, you will write a paper in which you envision STEM project in one of the areas listed in the Niehoff resource that also includes community involvement (having students go into the community to solve the identified problem and having community members come into the classroom). Although this unit is focused on the middle school grades, you may select any grade level to focus on for this assignment. Please include the following elements in your paper:
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Identify the grade level that your project targets, and the real-world area of challenge from the Niehoff resource that you have selected for your project.
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Develop a problem statement or question to be investigated by the students, using their skills in STEM. Provide context for the problem; why is it important in your community to address this problem?
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Create a vision for a project that students could do to investigate the problem you identified, using their STEM skills:
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Provide an overview of the project. Explain how it would address the identified problem
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What types of “outside of class” STEM work would students do on this project? In other words, what would they do out in the local community?
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What types of “inside class” STEM work would students do on this project?
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What strategies might you use to involve members of the community in the project you envision?
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How would you initiate a partnership with these community members?
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