Six Years of Experience of Global STEM Classroom™ Programs at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
Presented by: Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
Strand: K-12 Education
The exhibit presents summarizes 6 years of experience of the innovative, rigorous, and exciting global STEM programs that focus on international collaborative STEM projects conducted in virtual environment. In the program, DYRHS students team up with students in other countries to work on real-world problem solving through global collaborative projects such as availability of clean drinking water around the globe, climate change, nanotechnology, space exploration, artificial intelligence, and data collection and visualization.
Students in grades 8-10 participate in a variety of semester-long courses collaborating with students from different countries including Netherlands, England, France, Mexico, Norway, Russia, and Ukraine. Students collaborate virtually with students in other countries using multiple online audio and video telecommunication tools and collaborative file-editing tools such as Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, and Google Drive. In addition, they work together in the 3D virtual space using Minecraft multiuser gaming software.
In the program, DYRHS students collaborate with students in many countries as well as with national, state, and local non-profit organizations, higher education institutions and government agencies such as Global STEM Education Center, University of South Florida, NASA GRACE mission, UMASS Amherst, NASA 4D System, Vermont Law School, and Barnstable county local water department.
Students will report their experience of global collaboration using computer technology for working with global partners. The program emphasizes teamwork across the country and culture lines.