A Cohesive 10-Year Initiative Connecting STEM and CTE
Acellus STEM-10 is a major initiative engineered to significantly increase the number of students prepared for high-tech careers right out of high school. Rather than the usual games associated with STEM, this program is a serious educational endeavor. STEM-10 is a cohesive 10 year program that starts with students in the 3rd grade. The first 6 years of the program focus on STEM instruction, starting with coding in the 3rd grade, and adding complexity each year. In the 9th grade, students then branch into a Career and Technical field that matches their interest.
The Acellus STEM courseware acts as a catalyst for Acellus CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs, focusing students on the CTE Pathway that best fits their interests, skills and career goals. Students completing Acellus CTE courses are empowered with marketable skills and industry certifications, allowing them to pursue a college degree, or enter the workforce immediately after high school.
Direct, Self-Contained Instruction
The Acellus coding instruction is self-contained and delivered right through the Acellus system, enabling schools to implement STEM-10 in classrooms where a STEM trained teacher is not available. The coding courseware is video-based, and adaptive to the students individual needs, allowing schools to personalize the STEM instruction to the level and skill-set of each learner.
STEM 10 – Level 1
In the first year of STEM-10, students take lessons starting from square zero and then advance step-by-step through the fundamentals of coding. In the first half of the year, the course builds a baseline understanding of the concepts needed to learn coding.
In the second half of the year, the students are introduced to Cellus Bot, a teaching robot which is equipped with lights, motor, and sensors, all of which are controlled by block coding modules included as part of the course. As an additional touch, the Bot sports a laser which draws shapes and circles as the robot dances. The built-in accelerometer supports program-controlled responses to movements and positioning of the Bot. Students first learn how to control the robot in the most simplistic manner, but the lessons develop in complexity as the course progresses.
STEM 10 – Level 2
In the second year of STEM-10, students are introduced to a sophisticated new dancing robot called AC-D2 which is equipped with snazzy lights, ultrasound sensors, and multiple motors. AC-D2 comes ready to move. It can sway, twist, and dance around with approximately 10,000 possible step combinations giving it great style on the dance floor.