Relevant APG and VERSO Resources
You can already find the elements of our program throughout middle school Tech Ed and Engineering courses. I don't know why the APG is structured differently than VERSO, but you can use these APG links to search for the course number in VERSO:
ONCE IN VERSO:
The first 33 competencies are standard for all technical courses, and this course has additional safety standards (34-44), so the electronics and robotics-specific standards begin at number 45.
In both cases, despite these courses being available to nearly any school in the country, we estimate that only 3% of students have this experience in schools that have the courses. In most school districts, music students cannot take CTE courses. Therefore we try three things with our school partners:
- help MS Tech Ed and Engineering teachers provide these experiences in the 6th grade "wheel" course (12, 9 or 6 weeks);
- provide access through after-school clubs; and
- engage 5th graders to create a much greater demand for the related 7th and 8th grade courses.