Inspired by the America’s Cup, Project Based Learning (PBL) Unit Enriches Curriki’s STEM Curriculum
CUPERTINO, Calif., April 2, 2014 — Curriki, the leading K-12 global community for creating, sharing, and finding open learning resources, has been awarded a $35,000 grant from Oracle to support the creation of a new Project Based Learning (PBL) unit for high school physics students. The project, focused on the physics of sailing, will be developed by Curriki’s PBL team with contributions from sailing experts from Oracle Team USA.
Inspired by the excitement around the recent 34th America’s Cup, the project will help students develop 21st century skills and learn physics concepts and scientific thinking through hands-on activities and design scenarios. Students will learn to ask scientific questions and be challenged to explain their observations. They will also develop their own theories, test, and refine them through experimentation, and share their results with each other and with an adult audience.
“Oracle is proud to support Curriki, and the development of ‘The Physics of Sailing’ curriculum unit,” said Colleen Cassity, director of Oracle Giving. “This new curriculum will be an excellent way to engage students in design thinking, creative problem-solving, and application of the scientific method. Advancing education is a core commitment of ours and it’s central to Curriki’s mission as well. We are delighted to support them.”
“Oracle’s commitment to advancing the quality and availability of open educational resources (OER) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is inspiring,” said Curriki CEO, Kim Jones. “With this grant, Curriki can develop another component of our standards-aligned STEM curriculum for high school and further enrich our growing collection of project-based learning coursework.”
The project will be aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards for Physics, Engineering, and Technology, and Applications of Science Common Core State Standards (Math and ELA Writing and ELA Science & Technical Subjects), and the Common Core Math Practice Standards.
The curriculum unit is expected to be available as an OER free to all educators, students, and parents on Curriki’s website this June.
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