STEM by Design
PPS STEM by Design allows us to highlight the ways in which STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are woven into all content areas. Our holistic International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program incorporates Design, a hands-on, project-based course that transforms students into thinkers, investigators, designers, and creators by following the engineering design process to ask questions and create solutions to everyday problems.
Visit our Phillips Prep iDesign Google Site to explore STEM by Design and learn how design elements are embedded in all disciplines.
What Is STEM?
Why Is STEM Relevant?
PPS STEM by Design
International baccalaureate (IB) Design Classes
THE GLOBAL VIEW OF DESIGN
Phillips Preparatory is authorized to implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP). The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. Design is a required course that encourages students to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset as they apply the design cycle: investigate, plan, create, and evaluate. The IB organization describes the course as "using the design cycle as a way to structure:
inquiry and analysis of design problems
development and creation of feasible solutions
testing and evaluation of students’ models, prototypes, products or systems."
We Investigate - We Plan - We Create - We Evaluate!
Design students engage in activities that are meaningful and relevant. Learners make connections between their personal needs and those of the larger community.
iDesign Across Disciplines
iDESIGN VIDEO PRODUCTION
iDESIGN VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
iDESIGN CORE COURSES
iDESIGN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The mission of Video Production is to provide students with the training to become filmmakers, editors, sound designers, and broadcast journalists. Pirates Unplugged is the brainchild of Phillips Preparatory students. Students acquire skills in video editing, sound engineering, and design as they record and create daily news segments. These segments are shared with the community through the school's YouTube channel.
The visual and performing arts courses offered at Phillips are band, chorus, art, and drama. STEM and the engineering design process are evident in all of these disciplines. In fact, many educators now use the acronym STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and math).
The STEM acronym represents the four distinct disicplines of Science, Technology, Enginnering, and Math. However, the aim of STEM education is to explore how these subjects pervade every content area. The engineering design process is applicable to every disicpline. STEM is relevant in every aspect of our lives.
Ready...Set...Go!Physical Education and athletics incorporate multiple STEM concepts. Students calculate speed for track, determine wind resistance for archery, design plays for football, compute force for volleyball, and more. P.E. and organized sports explore the STEM disciplines in a practical way that students encounter every day.
Rigor and RELEVANCE.