Stem made easy
Why we care
STEMmerch.com supports classroom STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programming.
Because the world faces an unprecedented need for new innovators, inventors, creative thinkers, and problem solvers, the push for STEM based curriculum like coding is at an all-time high. Leadership at schools is pressed to provide access to STEAM programs that enrich the curriculum, but at what cost? Do classroom teachers need to become coding experts in order to give students a chance to learn valuable skills? Because teachers are already maxed out, classes, workshops, and lessons are led by vendors, and parents are footing the bill to expose their children to these vital 21st Century skills.
What is STEM Education in elementary schools?
Schools already teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (and I like to throw the letter A into the mix, which stands for Arts). But most parents and school leadership want to see more opportunities to expose students to things like coding, robotics, engineering, and industrial arts.
How does a STEM Program Benefit Student Learning Communities?
STEM programs can take place in or out the classroom. Providing opportunities for students to collaborate with others on STEM learning activities builds skills and fosters a growth mindset. Research shows us that exposing all students to STEM programs can lead to lifelong learning and opportunities for postsecondary and career success, while expanding access to rigorous STEM courses, including computer science.
Why is STEM Education Important?
The complexities of today’s world require all people to be equipped with a new set of core knowledge and skills to solve difficult problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information they receive from varied print and, increasingly, digital media. The learning and doing of STEM helps develop these skills and prepare students for a workforce where success results not just from what one knows, but what one is able to do with that knowledge. Read more about this here
What materials are required by the schools?
Participating schools should have student access to computers and the ability to access the internet – A dedicated room that can function as a workshop, or at least a room with tables to work on – Different exercises may involve common school appliances such as pens, scissors, sticky tape, etc.
Training – Professional Development
Educators can access training materials through online training, and through a combination of recorded lectures, support materials, and questions and answers forums. There is also the option to join live webinars that will be pre-scheduled every other week.
What type of learning space is required for STEM?
Learning spaces that offer teachers and students flexibility in structure, equipment, and access to materials, including spaces that are located in the classroom, in the natural world, makerspaces, and those that are augmented by virtual and technology-based platforms can enhance learners’ STEM experiences. Diversifying when and where learning occurs promotes opportunities for culturally relevant pedagogies and activities by facilitating new modes of exploring STEM concepts and developing STEM skills. Flexible learning spaces are adaptable to the learning activity and invite creativity, collaboration, co-discovery, and experimentation in accessible and unintimidating instructor-guided environments. Read more about this here
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