K-12 STEM Education

K12 group photo

Problem Statement

  • We are hoping to inspire K-12 students to pursue STEM careers by providing hands on lesson plans and access to resources.

Mission Statement

  • Our mission statement is to visit schools and introduce fun and interactive STEM-related activities to students in K-12. We not only want to help create an interesting and engaging environment, but we also want to mentor the students so that they may consider pursuing higher education in the future in STEM.

Quarter Goals

  • As we have restructured the K-12 Team this quarter, we have two unique quarterly goals:
    • Our first quarterly goal is to settle in our two main teams, which include the Field Team and the Lesson Plans Team. This involves getting proper organization pertaining to creating lesson plans and gathering feedback in a quick and efficient way
    • The second quarterly goal we have is to have our team go out on at least 5 total lessons.

Subteams

This quarter, we have a new team structure for the K-12 Team.

Administrative Team

  • Team Leader: Kritin Karkare
  • Client Liaison: Kevin Huo
  • Treasurer: John Pascua

Field Team

  • La Mirada Academy
  • Lake Elementary
  • Testing the Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans Team

  • Budgeting & Feedback
  • Lesson Planning & Materials

Formal Explanation:

This quarter, we maintained the organized hierarchy that the previous K-12 team started.  Essentially, we had a “administrative” organization, which included the leading roles of the Team Leader, the Client Liaisons, and the Treasurer. From there, we had two main teams: “Lesson Plans Team,” and the “Field Team.” These subteams were divided on a weekly basis with the lesson plans team being those who supported the field team by creating lesson plans, organizing materials to buy, and assisting with budgeting. As an extra duty, the Field Team was also in charge of performing a test run of the lesson plans before visiting the schools and giving feedback to the Lessons Plans Team for adjustments.

The Field Team was split between our two client schools, La Mirada Academy and Baker Elementary.

The Lesson Plans team on the other hand was also split into the subteams of “Budget & Feedback” and “Lesson Plan & Materials” to prepare for pre-lesson preparation.

How the structure works: This quarter in K-12, the lesson plan team is scheduled to make the lesson plan a week prior to the lesson. During our team meetings, they would explain the next lesson to the field team, who will do a test run of the lesson before going out to execute that lesson.

Client

  • Lake Elementary
  • La Mirada Academy

Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Jan Kleissl

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Ava Aslanpour