Exploration Academy – The M in STEM – Money Smart 6-8

Project-Based Learning

We believe that STE(A)M Project Based Learning engages students in deep and long-lasting learning and inspires for them a love of learning and personal connection to their academic experience.

STEM Rising blends content mastery, meaningful work, and personal connection to create powerful learning experiences, in terms of both academic achievement and students’ personal growth.

  • Engaged hearts and minds – Projects that provide real-world relevance for learning. Students can solve problems that are important to them and their communities.
  • Deeper learning – Students are better able to apply what they know to new situations.
  • Exposure to careers – Students interact with professionals and organizations, and their community, and can develop career interests.
  • A sense of purpose – A great project can be transformative for students. Seeing a real-world impact gives them a sense of agency and purpose.
  • Success skills – Students gain skills valuable in today’s workplace and in life, such as how to take initiative, work responsibly, solve problems, collaborate in teams, and communicate ideas.
  • Creativity and technology – Students enjoy using a spectrum of technology tools from research and collaboration through product creation and presentation.




Lesson 1: The Path to Success
Lesson 2: Bread and Butter
Lesson 3: Designing a Dream
Lesson 4: Being a Savvy Shopper
Lesson 5: Go With the Flow
Lesson 6: Super Savers
Lesson 7: How to Stash Your Cash
Lesson 8: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
Lesson 9: Give Credit Where Credit is Due
Lesson 10: Protecting Yourself
Lesson 11: Risky Business
Lesson 12: Spend, Save, or Give?


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