Brooklyn Center Community Schools: The STEAM Experience
A STEAM* magnet school develops critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving skills through scientific exploration, inquiry, and project based learning experiences. Science, engineering, and technologies permeate every aspect of today’s society. STEAM education provides students with the knowledge to engage in conversation with a real understanding of how STEAM impacts every aspect of our world. Additionally, the next generation of innovators will build upon their K-12 STEAM foundation for exploring new ideas and creating solutions that will help our societies grow and advance.
STEM + Arts = STEAM*
When Arts education is infused into the STEM framework, great things happen. Students learn the inter-relationship of how things work in real life. Learning becomes hands-on and eventually bridges the gap between business and education, creating a more productive and sustainable global culture.
Now Enrolling K-12 at Brooklyn Center Community Schools Enrollment Center:
6500 Humboldt Avenue North Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 | 763-561-2120 EXT 2550
Earle Brown Elementary STEAM School (K-5) Brooklyn Center Secondary STEAM School (6-12)
1500 59th Avenue North 6500 Humboldt Avenue North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Earle Brown Elementary
Teaching is an art, as well as a science, and beginning in the fall every elementary student will learn through both by participating in a new STEAM program. STEAM education builds cognitive power, even in the youngest learners, by enhancing the development of the prefrontal lobe, the temporal lobe, and the occipital lobe of the brain. Students will exercise both the left and the right hemispheres of their brains by engaging in a hands-on, activity based curriculum called Project Lead The Way (PLTW).
Project Lead The Way uses science, technology, engineering, art, and math to develop critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real world problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills.
PLTW Launch taps into young children’s exploratory nature and encourages them to keep discovering. Here’s a look at what our K-5 scholars will be “launching” into next year:
Kindergarten Scholars will:
Discover engineering and the design process to create their own paintbrushes.
Investigate pushes and pulls on the motion of everyday objects in their world.
Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of a broken arm and work to design and build a cast.
First Grade Scholars will:
Learn about light and create a playground structure to protect peers from ultraviolet radiation.
Learn about animal adaptations in the environment and design the ideal shoe for travelers to wear in extreme environments.
Explore computer science and storytelling to create short story animations.
Second Grade Scholars will:
Investigate properties of matter and problem solve how to keep ice pops cold during a soccer game without a cooler.
Explore the changing Earth and problem solve how to keep a community safe from a landslide and erosion.
Learn about numerical relationships and design a game using computer programming.
Third Grade Scholars will:
Explore stability and forces and apply what they learned to problem solve rescuing a trapped tiger at the zoo.
Study genetic traits and create a design model for the stem color gene in plant seeds.
Learn about computer programming language and then apply modular function and branching logic to create a video game.
Fourth Grade Scholars will:
Study energy collision and then apply learning to develop a vehicle restraint system for bumper cars at an amusement park.
Learn about energy conversion and develop solutions for moving donated food from a truck to a food pantry.
Explore computer input and output and create a computer program to diagnose brain concussions.
Fifth Grade Scholars will:
Explore automation and design remote controlled robots that can remove hazardous materials from a disaster site.
Expand robotics learning and design an automatic-guided vehicle to deliver supplies to a hospital without being remotely controlled by a person.
Study detection and problem solve the outbreak and spread of infection through a school and then propose prevention methods.
Our digital native elementary students will also have classes focused on internet safety and coding. What is coding? Coding is the way we tell computers to do all the helpful things they do for us. From using an app or finding a contact in your phone so you can send a text message, to directing a rocket into space, computers follow a list of written instructions from a coder, or programmer. With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skillset. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science! Good news is, we’re on our way to changing this.
Brooklyn Center Middle School
Every middle school scholar will deepen their learning with semester courses focused on the STEAM pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Students will be challenged to test their limits and connect what they learn in the classroom to making a real-world impact. Foundational courses will begin in 2017-2018 and additional courses will be added in 2018-2019. PLTW Gateway illuminates the range of paths and possibilities students can look forward to in high school and beyond. Here’s a look at what our grade 6-8 scholars will be experiencing:
Sixth Grade Scholars will:
Apply the engineering design process to solve problems and create virtual images of their innovative solutions to everyday problems.
Study mechanical systems and use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
Seventh Grade Scholars will:
Investigate energy and the environment to design alternative energy sources for reducing consumption.
Discover computer science principles as they create their own basic apps using MIT App Inventor.
Eighth Grade Scholars will:
Explore genetic testing and solve a medical mystery by investigating DNA evidence found at a crime scene.
Study and apply concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to make ice cream and clean up an oil spill.
Brooklyn Center High School
Every high school scholar will participate in Biomedical specialization. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students will step into the roles of medical investigators, surgeons, microbiologists, geneticists, and biomedical engineers. They will explore realistic situations like investigating the death of a fictional person and analyzing prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease in full-year courses. Foundational courses will begin in 2017-2018 and additional courses will be added in 2018-2019.
PLTW Biomedical Science inspires students to make an impact on the lives of those around them. Here’s a look at what our grade 9-12 scholars will be doing:
Ninth Grade Scholars will:
Study and apply concepts of biology and medicine to the death of a fictional person by investigating medical history, examining autopsy reports and exploring medical treatments that may have prolonged the person’s life.
Tenth Grade Scholars will:
Study human body systems to build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken™ and then take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world cases using data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflexes and respiration.
Eleventh Grade Scholars will:
Follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection, screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, and evaluate cancer treatment options. Learning includes study of a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.
Twelfth Grade Scholars will:
Build on previous knowledge and skills gained to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Topics addressed range from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. During this capstone course, they have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.