STEM Portfolio Assignment Answers

STEM Portfolio

(25 marks

Your STEM Portfolio documents your personal experiences and key aspects of your learning journey in relation to the core principles of STEM Education. Please be honest while reflecting.

There are 5 Sections required for you to fill for your Portfolio:

  1. Fizzy Tablet Experiment
  2. Key Features of a Scientific Argument
  3. Key Principles of STEM Education
  4. Key Lessons Learned from Microteaching and STEM Model Making
  5. STEM Creative Showcase (Group)

Item 1 – Fizzy Tablet Experiment

Item Description

The Fizzy Tablet Experiment is a hands-on scientific experiment that can be done with students to explore the concept of “dissolving”. It also gives teachers a framework to introduce the stages of the Scientific Method and the specific vocabulary used so that students can develop proficiency in leading their own experiments.

The Fizzy Tablet can be linked to the following:

Victorian Curriculum Links

  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be based on previous experiences or general rules (VCSIS082).
  • Decide which variables should be changed, measured and controlled in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data (VCSIS084).
  • With guidance, plan appropriate investigation types to answer questions or solve problems and use equipment, technologies and materials safely, identifying potential risks (VCSIS083).
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (VCSIS086).

Links to AITSL Teacher Professional Standards

  • Facilitating group work in a safe laboratory environment aligns to AITSL standard 2.4 (AITSL, 2019) – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments. Conducting a scientific investigation to test a hypothesis aligns to standard 2.1 (AITSL, 2019) – demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts and teaching strategies of the teaching area. Using the Primary Connections resource “Tablet Investigation” planner will help students complete this experiment efficiently. Using Primary Connections resources links well to the AITSL Standard 6.4  (AITSL, 2019) – Understand the relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers.

Item 1 – Fizzy Tablet Experiment (Response)

Instruction: Insert a photo of your experiment here

Item 1 – Fizzy Tablet Experiment (Response)

Option B: Instruction: Fill out the responses with this template

  • Hypothesis: Type here
  • Materials: Type here
  • Safety Precautions: Type here
  • Facilitation Technique: Type here
  • Independent Variable: Type here
  • Dependent Variable: Type here
  • Control Variables: Type here
  • Experiment Description: Type here
  • Observation: Type here
  • Conclusion: Type here
  • Explanation: Type here

Item 1 – Fizzy Tablet Experiment (Response)

Reference List

  • Insert your references used for your fizzy tablet explanation here.

Item 2 – Key Features of a Scientific Argument

Item Description

Scientific arguments are a great way for students to think critically about scientific concepts by taking on different points of view and engaging with different sources of information.

Instruction

In the next slide, complete the template to create an informed yet succinct scientific argument of your choice from the point of view of a student-learner.

Note: Your “Evidence for Arguments” MUST be referenced from credible scientific online sources and added to the reference list for this section in Harvard Referencing.

Item 2 – Key Features of a Scientific Argument (Response)

  • Claim: Type here
  • Evidence-based Argument 1: Type here
  • Evidence-based Argument 2: Type here
  • Evidence-based Counter Argument(s): Type here
  • Conclusion: Type here

Item 2 – Key Features of a Scientific Argument (Response)

Item 3 – Key Principles of STEM Education

Item Description

In this item, you will demonstrate your deep thinking on 3 different key principles of STEM Education:

  • The role of excursions in STEM Education
  • The role of ICT tools in STEM Education
  • The role of group work in STEM Education

Instruction

In the next slide, complete the template to write a one-paragraph response for each principle that explains how each principle is an essential aspect of STEM Education.

Use relevant examples, course readings, links to the Victorian Curriculum and appropriate AITSL standards in your explanations.

Item 3 – Key Principles of STEM Education (Response)

The role of excursions in STEM Education

Type a one-paragraph response here.

The role of ICT tools in STEM Education

Type a one-paragraph response here.

The role of group work in STEM Education

Type a one-paragraph response here.

Item 3 – Key Principles of STEM Education (Response)

Reference List

  • Insert your references used for key principles of STEM Education here
    (there should be at least one reference for each principle).

Item 4 – Key Lessons Learnt from

STEM Model & Microteaching

Item Description

A successful teacher is a critically reflective professional who actively pushes the boundaries of his/her practice.

Instruction

In the next slide, respond to three reflective question prompts.

You should provide a reference for EACH response.

Item 4 – Key Lessons Learn from Model & Microteaching (Response)

Briefly summarise the relevance of a learning theory you find personally useful in STEM

Type your response here.

Describe your strengths that you can identify in your personal approach to teaching in relation to MicroTeach and STEM Model Making

Type your response here.

Describe your Areas of Improvement that you can identify in your personal approach to teaching in relation to Microteaching and STEM Model Making

Type your response here.

Item 4 – Key Lessons Learn from Model & MicroTeach (Response)

Reference List

  • Insert your references used for Key Lessons from Model & MicroTeach here
    (there should be at least one reference for each principle).

Item 5 – STEM Creative Showcase

Instruction

In your groups, agree on one of the following STEM challenges that you will investigate:

  • Earthworm Habitat Challenge
  • Apple Browning Challenge
  • Balloon Racer Challenge
  • Egg Drop Challenge
  • Magic Sand Challenge
  • Lemon Battery Challenge

Once you have decided on the challenge, create ONE SLIDE and attach it in the next slide (after this one).

Focus Questions:

  • What are the KEY CONCEPTS that is meant to be learned?
  • How does integration to STEM help students learn these concepts better?

Item 5 – STEM Creative Showcase (Response)

Instruction

Replace this slide with your GROUP CREATIVE SHOWCASE slide.

Item 5 – STEM Creative Showcase (Peer Evaluation)

Instruction

In the table below, identify a major strength of each of your group members in relation to the group’s goals and processes. Provide one concrete example to substantiate your answer. Include yourself! If a group member has not contributed to your group’s collaborative efforts, please highlight it here. It is very important for every group member’s contribution to be documented.

Item 5 – STEM Creative Showcase (Response)

Reference List

  • Insert your references used for STEM Creative Showcase here