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STEM Education - Project ARIES

The project for Applied Rocketry Interactive Education Series (ARIES) intergrates  Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) as a Pilot Program effort for developing and launching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The project-based high school rocketry science curriculum includes a class challenge, along with teacher in-service training and grad student/veteran mentorship programs. This effort seeks to increase student STEM confidence and efficacy in a measurable way.

Background and Opportunity

Traditional STEM education in the U.S. often excludes learners, limiting their access to STEM and non-STEM careers. Proficiency in computational thinking and problem-solving is now highly sought-after in various fields, driving demand for STEM-educated individuals. Communities without sufficient STEM resources face economic stagnation, particularly impacting growth in science and technology sectors. U.S. students, particularly those underrepresented, encounter barriers in math education, hindering their pursuit of STEM degrees, as emphasized by the NSTC's Committee on STEM Education.

Our Solution

Project ARIES will attempt to cut across underrepresented populations in STEM education and engage with underserved communities. It will provide the projects, materials, and support for project-based learning (PBL) incorporation in the classroom. Lesson modules will focus on current issues that are relevant to local communities or have general appeal—with the goal of engaging student interest in STEM and helping students to experience that STEM fields can make positive differences for individuals and communities. This initial pilot program will focus on rocketry as an exciting and increasingly demanding STEM development need.

Project Goals

Aerocyonics will propose additional follow-on modules focusing on STEM-related topics including: Hydroponics, Native American Plant Knowlege, Electrical Circuit Design & Construction, Urban Heat Islands, Traditional Heat Control in Building, Wind Energy, Geothermal Energy, Solar Power Systems Design & Construction, Native and Invasive Species, Cybersecurity, and more!
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