STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009)
Guardian Adventures approaches STEM learning in a unique manner: Through the context of story. Often, STEM education is presented in project manner without much context as to the problem that the project can solve and why it is important. This is a key difference from formal education which promotes learning for the sake of learning. Our method is to offer learning that provides a solution to a problem the student wants to solve because they are emotionally engaged in the larger context.
STEM and story are a perfect union. And over the decades, we have perfected that process.
We need to engage them in higher-order thinking skills in order for them to develop the skills that will be critical to their future success. As educators, we need to stop depending on the lower level skills, such as memorization and recall, and help students develop higher-order thinking skills such as applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. (Oliver Schinkten)
It’s not enough for our students to just learn about STEM or other academic subjects. Processing this information and applying it to their lives outside of school is necessary… as well as developing vital skills that will help them with whatever endeavor they pursue later in life. Guardian Adventures has selected a number of essential learning skills that we are certain will be both applicable and important to our students, whether they wish to become computer game designers, scientists, authors, inventors, artists, or any other career path. Essential learning skills will help them forge a path when there isn’t a teacher available to tell them how.
Whether your student is attending in-person school, remote school, or our online homeschool program, they may desire a social experience that has the safety of staying remote while also being engaged with other kids or teens in exciting, interactive adventures run by our instructors.
Our Online Afterschool Program touches on education and provides ample opportunity for practicing essential learning skills but with more emphasis on story, adventure, and camaraderie than education. We call our participants “Heroes” as they navigate an ongoing story that never repeats where they make decisions and battle antagonists like monsters and zombies with their wits and special skills. Think of a computer game… but where the story is relayed live, by our instructors. And instead of using avatars, the other heroes are there, on screen with you.
Adventures in Time / Preventing the Apocalypse
We learn from the past, we learn from stories, and we learn from being an active participant in our own education. What if you could accomplish all three in a single day? That is the thought behind our story-driven, STEM-focused homeschool class adventures: The Chronokeepers.
In the future, the worst has happened. The apocalypse has come and the world is destroyed, but all is not lost. A select few have been sent back in time to make everything right. Join the Chronokeepers: an elite group of adventurers tasked with preserving the timeline. Learn from the past, work in the present, and save the future. Join us for a set of homeschool classes designed to educate and entertain. You have three levels of adventures:
- STEM-focused and academically-aligned homeschool courses allow students to practice discovery-based learning as they identify problems and use STEM education to resolve the problems before they create disasters in the future
- Modern-day essential learning skill modules to train them into better and more well-rounded Chronokeeper heroes including learning to recognize media biases, learning financial literacy, and honing their critical thinking skills
- Afterschool socialization focused adventure modules where they will adventure with their peers on epic quests to save the day and reinforce the educational modules from the day’s lesson