Objective: The types of intellectual capital that are badly needed in today’s economy are closely related to science, math and technology field. The ultimate goal of ICEC STEM programs is to increase careers in STEM fields, and to increase scientific literacy among the young generation (especially we try to broaden the participation of women and minorities in those fields). ICEC STEM programs aim at assisting our future scientists in understanding the connections between scientific inquiry and engineering design and their ability to read, write and apply math and science skills in real life settings. Programs are designed in a way that can strengthen students’ abilities to ask authentic questions, conduct research, create experiment designs, and present solutions to real-life programs and issues.
1. Science Subjects
ICEC science program provides elementary to high school students with opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary activities as the program is formed by the fusion of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics subject knowledge. The program is designed based on Next Generation Science Standards that aims at helping students develop a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world around them. Further more, all the teaching and learning activities are designed in a way that can engaging students in the process of doing authentic scientific inquiry, conducting project-based or problem-based scientific researches and operating hands-on experiments. In the science program, students can - develop the skills of conducting scientific experiments; - gain the knowledge of planning and carrying out scientific investigations; - acquire the knowledge and skills of analyzing and interpreting Data; - learn to construct explanations and designing solutions; - apply interdisciplinary knowledge to real life settings; - get access to all essential science knowledge and get prepared to college level science; - participate in all kinds of science activities/experiments/projects.
2. Computer Science
Computer science is core discipline in ICEC. We aim at helping students to obtain the computational thinking and problem solving skills that are applicable in any industry and empower them to be competent in the global economy. CS classes will teach students a set of essential knowledge and skills that are very important for students’ current learning and for their future careers. We offer all kinds of coding classes that are suitable for different grade level students and all the teaching and learning activities are designed based on CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards.
In CS classes, students will:
gain essential knowledge of basic coding skills;
learn to use computer skills to solve problems;
apply computer skills to real life settings;
have opportunities to participate different activities, projects and experiments;
enhance creativity, critical thinking skills.
ICEC math program is designed based on Common Core State Standards for Mathematics which aims at helping students develop critical reasoning skills and form a genuine understanding of the logical reasoning processes required to solve advanced math problems. ICEC math professionals use a combination of numerical and pictorial techniques to teach concepts and all the essential knowledge. The ICEC math program’s emphasis is on laying a sound foundation and mastery of topics, knowledge, concepts and skills before moving student to the next level. ICEC math teachers use engaging, real life situations to bring math to life and also offer small-group learning opportunities to motivate students to work independently or collaboratively on problem-solving tasks. All the math projects and learning activities offer students authentic learning experiences that extend beyond one math lesson that allow students to deepen mathematical knowledge and skills through their own investigations and researches.
In the math program, students will:
develop a set of reasoning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
build and construct a solid math knowledge system;
apply mathematical knowledge to real life settings;
construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.