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MDUSD students show their genius at 2018 STEM Showcase



Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919



Mt. Diablo Unified students show their genius at 2018 STEM Showcase


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Showcase to highlight student projects; event will include engineering design challenges, robotics, and hands-on demonstrations from DNA extractions to flames, flares, and explosions          


WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified’s 2018 STEM Showcase will feature projects from approximately 300 junior geniuses from 28 different school sites.  The STEM Showcase is an updated take on the traditional science and engineering fair in MDUSD; teachers have completely re-written the processes to be fully-aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which enable students to learn science by doing science.


WHERE:  Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Ln., Concord (Get directions)


WHEN:  Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9 – 11 a.m.  The event is free and open to the public.


OVERVIEW:  The STEM Showcase provides a venue for students from across Mt. Diablo Unified to present projects, experiments, and findings, demonstrating their creativity and critical thinking skills. Projects for this year’s event are being submitted.  Projects from last year’s event included:

  • What Does It Take To Make A Vehicle Levitate?
  • SEASTAR Explorer (an underwater robot)
  • A Berry Good Experiment
  • Frozen Bubbles
  • How Green Is Your Oven?
  • Intro to Quantum Physics (from a third grader)
  • Paper Circuits
  • What Makes a Building Hold Up in an Earthquake

pasteboardAdditional activities at the Showcase will include:

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a new set of K–12 science standards that were developed by states, for states. The NGSS identify scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in science that all K–12 students should master in order to prepare for success in college and 21st-century careers.

The NGSS promote five key principles:

  • Three Dimensional Learning: There are three equally important, distinct dimensions to learning science included in the NGSS: Scientific and Engineering toiletpaperPractices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. The NGSS connect all three dimensions. To prepare students for success in college and 21st century careers, the NGSS also connect scientific principles to real-world situations, allowing for more engaging and relevant instruction to explore complicated topics.
  • All three dimensions build coherent learning progressions: The NGSS provide students with continued opportunities to engage in and develop a deeper understanding of each of the three dimensions of science. Building on the knowledge and skills gained from each grade—from elementary through high school—students have multiple opportunities to revisit and expand their understanding of all three dimensions by the end of high school.
  • Students engage with phenomena and design solutions: In instructional systems aligned to the NGSS, the goal of instruction is for students to be able to explain real-world phenomena and to designheadphones solutions using their understanding of the Disciplinary Core Ideas. Students can achieve this goal by engaging in the Science and Engineering Practices and applying the Crosscutting Concepts.
  • Engineering and the Nature of Science is integrated into science: Some unique aspects of engineering (e.g., identifying problems) are incorporated throughout the NGSS.  In addition, unique aspects of the nature of science (e.g., how theories are developed) are also included throughout the NGSS as practices and crosscutting concepts.
  • Science is connected to math and literacy: The NGSS not only provide for coherence in science cartinstruction and learning but the standards also connect science with mathematics and English Language Arts. This meaningful and substantive overlapping of skills and knowledge affords all students equitable access to the learning standards. Learn more about the NGSS here.


About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects.


We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students. 


Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.


Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:2/7/18
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