Though around since 2001, STEM and it’s counterpart STEAM are becoming buzz words throughout educational circles, but what exactly is it and how does it look in your typical classroom or school?
The College of Education supports a variety of programs, courses, camps, and professional development with a STEM focus which includes SciTEC. SciTEC is the Science and Technology Education Center for the college.
Though it could be integrated in that manner, STEM is NOT a stand-alone course but instead can be integrated into any subject aligning with your existing standards. It is focused on the 4 Cs of 21st Century Learning and relies on a shift from teacher to student control.
This, of course, does not mean the learning is never guided, in fact task cards, engineering process forms with key skills/terms, as well as other resources are often used to help direct the learning while still providing room for students to create their own directional path through exploration. Are you ready to learn more? Checkout the below programs available and contact SciTEC, SciTEC@latech.edu, if you would like to learn more!
There are many avenues for STEM integration one of which is Makerspaces. Many libraries across the nation are transforming to include Makerspaces. Whether or not this fits your situation, you will enjoy a glimpse into Diana Rendina’s Makerspace Journey while she was at Stewart Middle School http://renovatedlearning.com/our-makerspace-journey/ Other options for STEM integration include lesson activities, project based learning, stand alone courses, clubs, STEM challenges, and more.