Taken separately, the four STEM subjects are defined by the National Research Council as:
Science is the study of the natural world, including the laws of nature associated with physics, chemistry, and biology and the treatment or application of facts, principles, concepts, or conventions associated with these disciplines.
Technology comprises the entire system of people and organizations, knowledge, processes, and devices that go into creating and operating technological artifacts, as well as the artifacts themselves.
Engineering is a body of knowledge about the design and creation of products and a process for solving problems. Engineering utilizes concepts in science and mathematics and technological tools.
Mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships among quantities, numbers, and shapes. Mathematics includes theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics.
STEM education can be an interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world problem-based and performance-based lessons. At this level, STEM education exemplifies the axiom "the whole is more than the sum of the parts."
CREDIT: Drawings by Victoria Rasavanh, a computer software engineering student at Iowa State. tumblebunbun
Research current rabbit hutch designs and runs
Interview rabbit breeder about needs and
Design the hutch or rabbit run
Draw or use a 3D program to sketch the design
"Whoever wants to understand must play much." -- Gottfried Benn
GENETICS - SCIENTIFIC METHOD:
Complete genetic squares to predict which dominant and recessive traits will be passed on to a litter including certain colors.
**Note: We only advocate purebred breeding of endangered heritage breeds listed with the Livestock Conservancy to prevent them from
going extinct. We don't mix breeds, participate in new breed development etc.
RABBIT TECH ART
Look at 3D images
Find out about tech tools for animation
Learn how to draw cartoon bunny
Collect data about abandoned rabbits in MN
Manipulate data and create charts to explain results
Create math problems for other students
The STEM acronym is used to describe an educational focus to prepare students for college and ultimately for careers in four academic disciplines:
SCIENCE * TECHNOLOGY *
ENGINEERING * MATH
Students are invited to start exploring these content areas by observing and playing with rabbits. This very cute and sweet fuzzy package draws kids into an informal learning process that encourages students to make observations, ask questions, make educated guesses, do research, figure out how to test their ideas, complete projects/tests, manipulate data, and then communicate results.
We provide the starting point, encouragement and resources to help students begin an exciting adventure as they fall into the "STEM rabbit hole of learning."
What sets us apart is that our program is inspired by and led by other kids who are surrounded by caring adults, educators and animal scientists. We aim to introduce/reinforce grade-appropriate learning while kids play with rabbits and build on what students find interesting.