Creating Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers
Grades 6-9 STEM Expeditions®
STEM Expeditions® are a project-focused, student-directed STEM program for Grades 6-9. Curriculum is delivered in a cloud-based multimedia environment and is accompanied by corresponding hands-on projects and student collaboration. Students track their work in digital logbooks, and teachers have customizable assessment options for measuring student progress and comprehension.
Those are the practicalities, but it’s far more than that. STEM Expeditions are a whole new way to develop future-ready learners. Using an iterative project-based approach rooted in the engineering design process, STEM Expeditions enable students to own their learning, to practice collaboration and creative problem-solving, to test ideas, and to develop a growth-oriented and resilient mind-set that will serve them well for a lifetime – no matter their college or career path. Plus, a recent study by the Friday Institute indicates the STEM Expeditions program helps students achieve statistically significant results on national tests.
Grades 7-9 Career Expeditions
Guided by ACT® WorkKeys® and the career practices outlined in the Common Career Technical Core
(CCTC) and the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21®), Career Expeditions are designed around
national career clusters and provide a greater career focus to a STEM Expeditions experience.
Career Expeditions are delivered using the same technology and instructional method and provide all
the same benefits as STEM Expeditions. Although they do not follow the engineering design process,
the flexibility of the program allows for a fully customizable and comprehensive solution.
Career Expeditions can stand alone as a career-focused course, be implemented with STEM Expeditions
to create a career cluster-focused course, or be implemented as a supplement to an existing career
cluster course. The possibilities are endless, and the result is students who are armed with the
employability skills needed for success no matter what their path.
Students leave an Expeditions classroom – STEM, Career, or both – with the mind-set and self-management
skills needed for college and with the tool set to immediately contribute in the workforce.