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STEM Curriculum Day-August 2013

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STEM Curriculum Day

What is STEM education?
“STEM education is an
interdisciplinary approach to
learning which removes the traditional barriers separating
the four disciplines
of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and
integrates them into real world, rigorous and relevant learning experiences
for students.”
(Vasquez et al p.4)

"STEM is not a curriculum, it is a way of organizing and delivering instruction."

You don’t have to use all 4 disciplines in a lesson for it to be a STEM lesson.

The "T" in STEM is not just about devices with a plug. It is, “any modification of the natural world made to fulfill human needs or desires”
(NRC 2012)
So what does that mean for me you ask?

What would you see?
What would be missing?
Why do we need STEM education?
Still not convinced?
OK, I get it.
STEM education is...
So what does that mean for me?

What am I supposed to teach now?
Dr. Roni Ellington Mathematics Professor and STEM education researcher at Morgan State University
Let's turn some common
understandings about STEM education into common understandings.

STEM education doesn't change what you teach...
it changes how you teach it.
Understanding #1
Understanding #2
Make connections where it makes sense to.
Don't try to fit things where they don't belong.
Understanding #3
Is this technology?
Understanding #4
You don't need an engineering degree to teach STEM. The "E" in STEM is about using math and science content knowledge and skills to problem solve.
(Vasquez et al p. 17)
OK, so some solutions are better than others
students to be able
to function and thrive
in a highly technological and quickly changing world—to be STEM Literate.

The Goal of STEM education is...
STEM Guiding Principles
1. Focus on Integration
2. Establish Relevance
3. Emphasize 21st Century Skills
4. Challenge Your Students
5. Mix it Up

Be intentional about the connections you make
Use them to help students:
Think more broadly about a situation
Generate creative and innovative solutions
Apply their understandings
Focus on Integration
Establish Relevance
Consider the student’s point of view:
Why should I care about this?
Does it address a real-world problem or current event?
Is there a local or global issue that would make this appealing to know about?
Is there a work or career opportunity for me to consider?
Can I get a better job using this info. or skill?
Is this based on something that I enjoy?

Emphasize 21st Century Skills
Critical Thinking
Problem Solving
Challenge Students
Which of the STEM guiding principles were used in the activity you just completed?

Which of the 4 disciplines were incorporated? How?
Process It!
Analyze It!
Take a look at the STEM lesson plan your group has been given. Read over it, use the materials to set it up and then discuss the questions on your handout.

Have one group member post the responses on the Padlet page

STEM Practices
Science and Engineering Practices
(described in detail in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas")
Standards for Mathematical Practice
Technology Practices
(as defined by the authors of "STEM Lesson Essentials: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math")
Fulton County student, Annand Srinivasan meets President Obama
Are you asking enough of your students?

Are they thinking and problem solving for themselves?

Are they using information in new ways?

Directions for EdCamp Sessions
The rooms for the EdCamp sessions have been updated on the live agenda and also posted on a board in the rotunda.
The first session will begin in 15 min.
You will get as much out of an EdCamp session as you put into it, so please share your ideas and questions with the group!
We will meet back in here for our closing at 11am
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