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Strand A. STEM Skills and Connections

Note: This is a new strand in the 2022 curriculum.

Topic 2007 Curriculum 2022 Curriculum
STEM Investigation and Communication Skills 

Curriculum expectations related to the following were included and repeated in all four strands:

  • scientific research
  • scientific inquiry/experimentation
  • technological problem solving
  • safety procedures
  • communication

Curriculum expectations related to the following are included in this overarching strand A:

  • scientific research
  • scientific experimentation
  • engineering design process
  • health and safety procedures
  • communication
Coding and Emerging Technologies 
  • No references to coding
  • Grades 1 to 3: clear and precise instructions for algorithms, decomposing problems, and testing, debugging and refining solutions
  • Grades 4 to 6: input, storage, processing, and output
  • Grades 7 to 8: project management and program design, controlling large systems in action
  • No references to emerging technology
  • Grades 1 to 3: impact of emerging technology and coding on everyday life
  • Grades 4 to 6: impact of emerging technology and coding on everyday life, including skilled trades
  • Grades 7 to 8: impact of emerging technology and coding, such as artificial intelligence systems, on everyday life, including skilled trades
Applications, Connections, and Contributions
  • No references to practical applications of science and technology concepts
  • Grade 1 to 3: practical applications of science and technology in home and community
  • Grade 4 to 8: practical applications of science and technology in occupations, including skilled trades
  • No references to cross-curricular application of science and technology
  • Grade 1 to 8: how science and technology can be used with other subject areas to address real-world problems
  • No references to contributions to science and technology
  • Grade 1 to 8: contributions to science and technology from people with diverse lived experiences and from various communities