Outcomes

All NIU STEAM programming combines content catalysts taught with differentiated delivery options. This provides maximum flexibility to meet our clients’ needs. Choosing among all of our programs in a menu can be overwhelming, so we use a backward-mapping process that first identifies essential, intended outcomes.

Community

ProgramTier 1 – InspirationTier 2 – AmplificationTier 3 – Transformation
NIU STEAM CatalystsExperience learning opportunities that foster participant choice and excitement, spark inspiration and encourage curiosity in STEAM.Design and deliver learning opportunities that increase participants’ STEAM skills, knowledge and expertise.Provide continuing learning opportunities that revolutionize participants’ daily STEAM experiences.
Local ContextConnect individual interests with community needs.Plan, deliver and evaluate collaborative activities with leaders and community resources.Provide a pipeline for local community STEAM development.
Problem-based LearningAnswer questions and solve problems of individual interest through hands-on exploration.Answer questions and solve authentic STEAM problems.Answer multi-layered questions and solve complex, authentic problems with teammates from other entities.
Growth and PersistenceRepeatedly attempt and fail to solve problems, learning the ways to improve and eventually succeed.Solve complex problems experiencing repeated failures without consequences while persisting to a successful solution.Create participant mindsets that welcome failure as part of the learning process and build skills for persisting to success
21st Century SkillsCommunicate verbally and in writing, showing creativity and critical thinking both individually and in teams.Communicate in a variety of ways with team members in multi-faceted challenges that require creativity and critical thinking.Demonstrate highly developed skills in communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking across teams and for various audiences
STEAM Content and ConceptsParticipate in unstructured, inquiry-based STEAM activities to develop content knowledge and skills.Demonstrate competencies in new STEAM content and/ or skills.Create useful products or solutions that demonstrate higher-order STEAM content and/or skills.
Career ConnectionsExperience STEAM career fields including fairs, speakers, and job shadowing.Demonstrate technical and employability competencies in STEAM careers.Complete career pathways that include internships and other work-based experiences needed for STEAM careers.
Transdisciplinary ApproachesEngage with interesting problems or questions that drive efforts to learn more across various disciplines.Solve problems or answer questions that require learning content in several disciplinesDemonstrate cross-discipline studies to fully answer a question and/or solve the problem.

Schools

ProgramTier 1 – InspirationTier 2 – AmplificationTier 3 – Transformation
NIU STEAM CatalystsExperience learning opportunities that foster participant choice and excitement, spark inspiration and encourage curiosity.Design and deliver learning opportunities with outcomes that change participant’s skills.Provide continuing learning opportunities with outcomes that revolutionize participants’ daily experiences.
Local ContextConnect individual interests with community needs.Plan, deliver and evaluate connections with leaders and community resources.Provide an educational pipeline for local community development.
Problem-based LearningAnswer questions and solve problems of individual interest through hands-on exploration.Answer questions and solve problems as part of regular classroom instruction.Write curricula that answer questions and solve complex, authentic problems in STEAM disciplines.
Growth and PersistenceRepeatedly attempt and fail to solve problems, learning the ways to improve and eventually succeed.Solve complex problems experiencing repeated failures without consequences while persisting to a successful solution.Create participant mindsets that welcome failure as part of the learning process and build skills for persisting to success.
21st Century SkillsCommunicate verbally and in writing, showing creativity and critical thinking both individually and in teams.Communicate in a variety of ways with team members in multifaceted challenges that require creativity and critical thinkingDemonstrate highly developed skills in communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
STEAM Content and ConceptsParticipate in unstructured, inquiry-based STEAM activities to develop content knowledge and skills.Experience and/or design STEAM lessons.Engage with rigorous STEAM content.
Career ConnectionsExperience STEAM career fields including fairs, speakers and job shadowing.Attain technical and employability skills including opportunities for skill-based challenges in STEAM careers.Complete career pathways that include internships and other work-based experiences needed for career endorsements.
Transdisciplinary ApproachesEngage with interesting problems or questions that drive efforts to learn more across various disciplines.Introduce phenomena or questions that set up the need to learn content in several disciplines.Develop curricula that use the cross-discipline study to completely understand the issue or solve the problem.