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Based in Seattle, Washington, the Blaze Education Lab creates integrated STEM learning ecosystems that dynamically weaves together classroom design, hands-on hardware and software experience, self-directed learning modules, and globally connected collaborative classrooms. 

All Blaze Education Systems are customized to the needs of each school and its students and come with full classroom setup and in-depth teacher training. 

Our student-centric methodology is built on four fundamental pillars: 

 
 
 

Adaptive Self-Directed Learning: Project- and inquiry-based learning modules that build core STEM skills while encouraging deep exploration, real-world innovation, and a love of learning. 

 

Comprehensive Learning Experiences: Blaze is more than just outstanding curriculum. We create comprehensive, integrated STEM learning systems including customized lesson plans, equipment installation and training, online teacher/student interface, and access to our extensive network of top STEM educators.

 
 

21st Century Skill Building: Along with a strong STEM foundation, Blaze Systems are designed to foster important skills for 21st Century life and work including communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. 

 

 

Blaze Education Network: The Blaze Education Network gives students and teachers access to our large and growing community of STEM educators, industry professionals, mentors, coaches, and trainers. With the Network, members can share ideas and best practices and get expert support for curriculum and projects. 

Integrative STEM


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Integrative STEM


S.T.E.M. Stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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Why these areas?  New innovations and inventions today tend to be made at the boundaries of these disciplines. 

“The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are collectively considered the core technological foundation of an advanced society and an indicator of a society's ability to sustain itself and prosper.”
-(Broadcom Foundation)

 “Since the beginning, there has been increasing research and education focused on how learning and knowledge in one of these disciplines supports gains in each of the others. Beyond just an acronym representing four independent subject areas, STEM has been defined as an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.“
-(Spillane, 2014)

"The STEM approach to education is designed to revolutionize the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into regular curriculum by creating a 'meta-discipline'. STEM Education attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by the problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution."
-(Dr. Patricia Fioriello, 2011)

“STEM skills and lessons are connected to everything we do. A strong math and science foundation is important, but the skills learned through a high-quality, integrated, project-based STEM program teach much more than the subjects of math, science, engineering and technology – they teach skills that are vital to a successful job, career and life. STEM, as an integrated and applied way of learning, helps students develop critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills – skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy.

 A 2012 report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology found that economic forecasts point to a need for producing, over the next decade, approximately 1 million more college graduates in STEM fields than expected under current assumptions. These findings clearly support the need for implementing high-quality STEM programs in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools.”
-(Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of Project Lead the Way; June 27, 2014 blog)

What is Integrative STEM (iSTEM)?

Integrative STEM education refers to technological/engineering design-based learning approaches that intentionally integrate the concepts and practices of science and/or mathematics education with the concepts practices of technology and engineering education. Integrative STEM education may be enhanced through further integration with other school subjects, such as language arts, social studies, art, etc. -(Sanders & Wells, 2006).

 Interactive STEM Education:

  • is appropriate for all K-PhD students;
  • is not intended to supplant S, T, E, & M teachers in one or more classrooms/class periods;
  • May be implemented during and/or after the normal school day; and
  • should be thoughtfully and effectively articulated across multiple school grades/bands
    -(Sanders, 2012)



 “Since the beginning, there has been increasing research and education focused on how learning and knowledge in one of these disciplines supports gains in each of the others. Beyond just an acronym representing four independent subject areas, STEM has been defined as an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.“
-(Spillane, 2014)

"The STEM approach to education is designed to revolutionize the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into regular curriculum by creating a 'meta-discipline'. STEM Education attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by the problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution."
-(Dr. Patricia Fioriello, 2011)

“STEM skills and lessons are connected to everything we do. A strong math and science foundation is important, but the skills learned through a high-quality, integrated, project-based STEM program teach much more than the subjects of math, science, engineering and technology – they teach skills that are vital to a successful job, career and life. STEM, as an integrated and applied way of learning, helps students develop critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills – skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy.

 A 2012 report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology found that economic forecasts point to a need for producing, over the next decade, approximately 1 million more college graduates in STEM fields than expected under current assumptions. These findings clearly support the need for implementing high-quality STEM programs in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools.”
-(Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of Project Lead the Way; June 27, 2014 blog)

What is Integrative STEM (iSTEM)?

Integrative STEM education refers to technological/engineering design-based learning approaches that intentionally integrate the concepts and practices of science and/or mathematics education with the concepts practices of technology and engineering education. Integrative STEM education may be enhanced through further integration with other school subjects, such as language arts, social studies, art, etc. -(Sanders & Wells, 2006).

 Interactive STEM Education:

  • is appropriate for all K-PhD students;
  • is not intended to supplant S, T, E, & M teachers in one or more classrooms/class periods;
  • May be implemented during and/or after the normal school day; and
  • should be thoughtfully and effectively articulated across multiple school grades/bands
    -(Sanders, 2012)



Project Based Learning


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Project Based Learning


Project Based Learning

Project-based Learning (PBL) is an approach to learning focusing on solving a problem by developing a product or creation. “Making” creates evidence of learning.

What is a project?

As defined by educators:

Students’ in-depth investigations of various curricular topics which involve solving a problem through the creation of an artifact.

Why do students need PBL?

  • They are entering an increasingly globalized world.
  • They must be good collaborators and communicators.
  • Their work environment requires students to be responsible and good self-managers.
  • They need to have good teamwork skills.

The value of Project Based Learning:

  • Students learn content as well or better using PBL than with traditional instruction.
  • Students remember what they have learned longer and are better able to use what they have learned.
  • Project Based Learning accommodates students with varying learning styles.
  •  Projects can be short (a class period) or long (weeks)
 

 

Inquiry Based Learning


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Inquiry Based Learning


Inquiry Based Learning

Inquiry-based Learning (IBL) is a student-centered, active learning approach focusing on questioning, critical thinking, and problem solving.

"The Core Ingredients of an IBL approach that most researchers are in agreement with are:

  • Learning is stimulated by inquiry, i.e. driven by questions or problems;
  • Learning is based on a process of constructing knowledge and new understanding;
  • It is an 'active' approach to learning, involving learning by doing;
  • A student-centered approach to teaching in which the role of the teacher is to act as a facilitator;
  • A move to self-directed learning with students taking increasing responsibility for their learning; and
  • the development of skills in self-reflection." -(AKO, October 3, 2008)

“Inquiry-based learning is a process where students are involved in their learning, formulate questions, investigate widely and then build new understandings, meanings and knowledge. That knowledge is new to the students and may be used to answer a question, to develop a solution or to support a position or point of view. The knowledge is usually presented to others and may result in some sort of action. Research suggests that using inquiry-based learning with students can help them become more creative, more positive and more independent.” 
-(Alberta Learning, 2006)

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