These courses dive into different aspects of problems solving and critical thinking, some to the advanced college level.
Many programs use these courses in "seat-time" environments for early finishers, who move seamlessly into CSM+ Courses while other students continue working on the CSM Course.
Problem-Solving People follows the residents of the fictional town of Hutterville through their careers and the problems they encounter. Professions include a veterinarian, reporter, skateboard shop owner, college student, and more. Problem-Solving People builds an exploration mindset to problem solving, critical and logical thinking, persistence, attention to detail, and self-efficacy.
Mathematical Intuitions builds math confidence, fluency, and engagement. Topics covered include statistics, percent change, geometry, and more. Concepts are taught without lessons by presenting problems of increasing depth and complexity. For example, there are over 150 complex problems on means and medians that build deep intuitions about properties of distributions and don't require a calculator!
Social Science Explorations create engagement with research in topics such as Becoming an Expert and Perceptions of Fairness. Students study seminal experiments in the field and draw conclusions to confirm or reject hypotheses. In addition to introducing students to basic experimental design and data interpretation, Social Science Explorations also develops informational text literacy and critical thinking.
These courses tackle more advanced math and data analysis than covered in CSM.
TechMath is intended for people pursuing more technical careers, including laboratory technicians, water/wastewater operators, and electromechanical maintenance. Topics include: advanced conversions and dimensional analysis (including complex rates); mixtures and dilutions; temperature conversions; meter errors; formula use and rearrangement; advanced areas and volumes; and more.
Understanding Data is meant to help people in many fields and positions, including non-technical audiences, understand data that they may come across. Topics include such areas as: how data is comprised of real signals plus "noise" and the different types of noise (e.g., random or systematic); appropriate use of means and medians; histograms; time series and running averages; scatter plots and interpolation; and more.
These CSM+ courses build domain specific knowledge while developing fundamental intuitions that lead to problem-solving fluency and confidence in one's ability to engage. These courses involve extensive employ scenarios and develop intuitions through incremental challenges rather than through formal lessons.
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Wastewater Operations is designed to provide wastewater operators with a firm understanding of chemical, biological and mechanical principles and an intuitive grasp of how these principles can help in problem solving. The course relies on problem solving within complex scenarios.
Water Operations is designed to provide water operators with a firm understanding of chemical, biological and mechanical principles and an intuitive grasp of how these principles can help in problem solving. The course relies on problem solving within complex scenarios.