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IF your student finishes their online classwork early…

…You want to challenge students with a year-long deep dive into a subject they choose

… Your microschool or pandemic pod needs a structured way to offer project-based learning or research

…You want to spark student’s creativity by teaching them the process of innovation…

Then you are looking for the Science Coach Innovation Curriculum!

The Science Coach Innovation Curriculum is a project-based learning (PBL) framework that remotely steps 6th-12th grade students through the innovation process while allowing easy and effective adult oversight.

Since 2007, Science coach has offered a  full professional development program and this innovation framework is one of our vital tools which our non-profit is offering to the public for the first time. This student-facing curriculum is 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 on an affordable monthly or school-year basis.

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.

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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 and ADULTS

Teaching PBL in person or remotely is easier because the Innovation Curriculum provides:

  • Complete step-by-step guidelines.
  • Easy oversight access with status updates on all projects.
  • The ability to group students into teams or keep them individually.
  • Access to place feedback or mentoring insight directly in the student’s online innovation journal.
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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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