Need an online curriculum to support REMOTE project-based learning or research?

So did we…that’s why we took our 13 years of experience and created the Science Coach Innovation Curriculum*, a project-based learning (PBL) framework that remotely guides students through the innovation process while allowing easy and effective teacher oversight and evaluation.

Because COVID-19 has thrust education into a virtual world, the demand to use our robust, year-long methodology curriculum (previously reserved for Science Coach teachers in our full professional development program) and our desire to help teachers during this unprecedented time, has prompted our non-profit to make this student-facing curriculum available to schools, individuals, micro-schools or anyone wanting to engage students in fun, individualized and REAL LIFE project-based learning of THEIR OWN CHOOSING.

Science Coach is 100% project-based learning, so we recognized the magnified challenge of teaching PBL remotely. Science Coach invented this PBL framework as a technology solution that teachers can use as an integrated or stand-alone implementation to engage remote students. PBL has always been an effective way to ignite a student’s intrinsic motivation, awaken creativity and teach critical thinking skills to solve real-life problems. Science Coach has made Project-Based Learning EFFECTIVE and POSSIBLE in the new virtual education world.

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STUDENTS

Innovation Curriculum engages and supports 6th-12th grade students to REMOTELY:

  • Enhance enrichment of regular classroom subjects through individualized PBL activities.
  • Design an invention and prepare “Shark Tank-like presentations.”
  • Complete a science fair and/or high-level research project including competition posters and oral presentations.
  • Develop an engineering design, ecology or computer-based project.
  • Step students through the entire innovation process.
  • Complete an innovation journal that provides the necessary online structure and keeps all content and media in one place.

TEACHERS

Teaching PBL remotely is easier because the Innovation Curriculum provides:

  • Easy oversight access with status updates on all projects.
  • The ability to group students into teams or make a unique ‘course.’
  • Access to place feedback or mentoring insight directly in the student’s online innovation journal.
  • Grading options and rubrics provided to evaluate the virtual student’s results.
  • Teacher instruction guidance and answer keys embedded within the content upon login.
  • Comprehensive modules and lessons (see next page) that work for students of all abilities.

ADMINISTRATORS

Innovation Curriculum is an equitable solution for ALL students and a VITAL tool for effective PBL remote implementation:

  • Teacher access is free.
  • Easy and cost-effective to implement. Send us the Order form (with PO #) and the email lists and teacher/student accounts are active within 2 business days.
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Curriculum Overview

Module 1: Introduction to Innovation

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Working within a Team
  • Characteristics of Innovators
  • Design Thinking

Module 2: Exploring Ideas for Your Innovation Project

  • Why do Independent Exploration?
  • Incentives, Motivations, and Market: Exploring Audiences and Relevant Competitions
  • Science Changes the World
  • Audiences
  • Labs, Workshops and the World of Work
  • Innovation Methodologies

Module 3: Getting Clear on Your Direction

  • Professional Documentation
  • Refining your Questions and Understanding the Problem
  • Finding Research Questions or Problems around School
  • Finding Research Questions or Problems in the Natural World
  • Finding Research Questions or Problems Everywhere
  • Create Your Question or Problem
  • Mentorships and Professional Networks

Module 4: Gathering Relevant Background Information

  • What is relevant background information?
  • What does it mean to review relevant background information?
  • Sources of background information
  • Troubleshooting background information reviews
  • Conducting your background information review
  • Create a hypothesis or specify design requirements

Module 5: Ethics and Integrity

  • Intro to Ethics
  • Ethical Issues with Living Beings
  • Ethical Issues with Handling Information
  • Governing Bodies of Ethics
  • Ethical Scenarios

Module 6: Designing and Planning Experiments and Tests

  • Track Specific Requirements
  • Track Specific Process and Planning
  • Track Specific Testing
  • Designing Track Specific Testing
  • Design and Implementation
  • Student Presentations

Module 7: Study Designs

  • Research Methods
  • Observations and Surveys
  • Surveys and Focus Groups
  • Observations: Survey and Focus Group Designs
  • Correlations and Causations
  • Correlations Study Designs
  • Quasi-Experimental and Experimental Study Designs
  • Developing a Quasi-Experimental or Experimental Study Design

Module 8: Conducting Experiments and Tests

  • Bias and Sampling
  • Designing Your Data Collection
  • Safety
  • Discipline Specific Methods
  • Refining Your Process
  • Execute Your Project

Module 9: Tools for Analysis

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Applying Real World Data
  • Analyze Data Using Tools of the Profession, Part 1 and Part 2

Module 10: Data Analysis and Statistics

  • Introduction to Analysis and Hypothesis Testing
  • Strength of Agreement or Disagreement
  • Comparing Mean Values
  • Comparing Proportions
  • Applying Appropriate Analysis
  • Why Good Data is Important

Module 11: Making Sense of Information and Next Steps

  • Data Visualization
  • Data Organization
  • Data Interpretation
  • Developing a Conclusion and Discussion Your Conclusion and Discussion

Module 12: Written Communication

  • Introduction to Written Communication
  • Laying out the Context
  • Background Information Review, Materials, Methods Results, Discussion, and Conclusion
  • References and Formatting
  • Abstracts and Executive Summaries

Module 13: Oral Communication

  • Creating Your Presentation or Demonstration
  • Creating Your Speech
  • Using Props and Visual Aids
  • Speaking Techniques
  • Practicing Your Speech

Module 14: Reflection

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