Craig School of Business
Lyles Center For Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Youth Programs and Services
The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State have created Kids Invent! 6+ science curriculum for 6th grade students. The Kids Invent! lessons touch on Next Generation Science Standards. Kids Invent! Includes twelve lessons designed to engage students in hands-on learning of science and mathematics. While teachers facilitate, students learn to present and communicate their ideas, findings, and work through practical issues of design and function in the context of observable phenomena.
Kids Invent! 6+ uses numerous tools to help classrooms meet the new NGSS standards. The program adheres to the following: user-friendliness, thoughtful organization, and careful instructions on lessons that utilize multiple modes of engagement. We record feedback on the design, allowing us to make necessary edits to keep the guidebooks as effective as possible.
Each section in Kids Invent! curriculum gives an overview of the lesson including essential questions, NGSS connections, and a challenge goal. The guidebooks provide protocols for each section where you will find what particular materials are needed, how to launch the section, helpful tips and good to know segments. With each lesson students are provided with student instruction guides and an observation sheet document where students can write down their investigations.
The Fresno State STEAM Tunnels stimulates innovative and creative thinking by having students participate in engaging projects that require creativity and teamwork. During each activity students learn to apply scientific concepts and skills to solve a particular problem. Students design models, make observations, record data and communicate their ideas and findings, while thinking through real world problems. The Fresno State STEAM Tunnels program incorporates a modified 5E instructional Model, Next Generation Science Standards, Universal Design for Learning and State Math Standards.
Engagement: Students are introduced to a subject usually in the form of a video. The class then discusses and writes questions about the subject. This inquiry is central throughout every lesson.
Exploration: Teams are given challenge goals that they spend this section solving. First, they write the goals; second, they design a model to pass the goals; third, they create a model based off their design; last, they record data from experiments using their models. This section usually ends in a gallery walk, where all students see everyone else’s models.
Guided Research: Teams use technology to pursue their inquiries.
Elaboration: Students return to a similar project with adjusted challenge goals. They use what they have learned from Exploration and Guided Research to pass these goals.
Reflection: This section has a series of math problems for differing grade levels and sentence frames meant to encourage extended responses.
Career Tunnels: Students are introduced to careers related to the lesson subject. Then, they do a “Now, Next, Later” activity that gets them thinking about the process to get in that career.
For more information or to see how you can bring STEAM Tunnels to your school, contact Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State has created STEM 5, a science curriculum for 5th grade students. In the guidebooks there are STEM 5 characters Alexis and Miguel, and their friends, help guide students through exploring phenomenon in classroom based experiments. STEM 5 is fully aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), incorporates a modified 5E Educational Model, utilizes UDL (Universal Design for Learning) guidelines and meets State Math Standards.
STEM 5 uses numerous tools to help classrooms meet the new NGSS standards that is aligned to California Science Framework, which will better prepare our students for the CA Science Test (CAST). The program adheres to the following: user-friendliness, thoughtful organization, and careful instructions on lessons that utilize multiple modes of engagement.
In STEM 5, each bundle contains a conceptual background which includes the foundation and insight of each lesson. Each lesson has a summary and outcome objective for the students. The guidebooks provide protocols for each section where you will find what particular materials are needed, how to launch the section, helpful tips, and good to know segments. With each lesson students are provided with student instruction guides and an observation sheet document where students can write down their investigations.
The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State is proud to present their newly developed entrepreneurship curriculum for high school students. These schools will receive any administrative support needed for the successful implementation of the curriculum. This newly developed program was specifically designed with students AND teachers in mind.
The following schools are currently offering Lyles Center STEP programs and classes to their students:
Central West High School
McLane High School
Roosevelt High School
Are you looking for rewarding community service hours? Are you a business major looking for exposure in entrepreneurship? Volunteer with Lyles Center STEP (High School Program)
There are a number of ways to volunteer with STEP. Please contact Shannon Sill for a list of volunteer opportunities.
In collaboration with West Fresno Family Resource Center, the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship assists with PHASE 1 of the program described below.
PHASE 1: In late spring, the students learn about urban agriculture and sustainability and planted sweet potato slips donated by D&S Farms in Livingston, CA on an acre of land also donated by the African American Farmers Association. The students participate in entrepreneurial and business skills training workshops and classes taught by California State University, Fresno professionals from Fresno State's Lyles Center. Participants learn about creating a business plan for turning sweet potatoes into a product that can be sold.
For more information or to register your child, visit West Fresno Family Resource Center's website!
THINK is a program created by Fresno Unified's Career Technical Education Department in partnership with the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State. THINK is a monthly career-based challenge program that allows students to solve problems that are rooted in the engineering design process.