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 subjects 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 students to STEM programs like computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities can lead to lifelong learning and opportunities for postsecondary and career success.
Why is STEM Education Important?
A lot of the jobs in the future are going to rely on computers. In fact, some people believe that we need to prepare our students for jobs that don’t even exist yet. The learning and doing of STEM projects helps develop skills and prepares students for a workforce where success results not just from what one knows, but what one is able to do with that knowledge. If you are interested in taking a look at this topic, the click here.
What materials are required by the schools?
Schools should computers and a means to access the Internet for coding. For other makerspace activities, you can see our supply list to get an idea about what types of activities are available.
Training – Professional Development
We provide educators with training materials and through online training. Make sure to sign up for the STEM Made Easy Quick Start Guide and check the box for updates to learn more about ways we can support you.
What type of learning space is required for STEM?
Learning spaces that offer teachers and students flexibility in structure are best. 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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