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DIY STEM Introduction
Transcript of DIY STEM Introduction
A collaborative effort to end
America's STEM problem by...
• Uniting universities, government
agencies, corporations, schools, teachers,
and individuals, and...
• Engaging students in an ever-expanding
series of high-interest STEM-related
activities that develop the skills and
interest enabling success in STEM careers.
America has a STEM Problem.
This problem is not new. We have known about it for several
We need scientists, engineers, and
STEM-literate citizens, but too few
students choose STEM courses,
majors, and careers.
Good jobs go unfilled, and
America's edge in scientific
discovery, invention, and the
development of leading edge
products and solutions
Will require a systemic solution that:
in STEM, and
√ Despite changes in teacher or school
√ Despite peer pressure
√ Despite the fact that STEM courses can be
more challenging and more demanding than other
Develops understanding of STEM careers
and the people who work in STEM fields.
Although individual teachers, schools, and school districts can certainly influence their students, only a national program is likely to have
on the necessary scale.
Creating Long-Term Engagement
The DIY STEM
Mentors and Mentoring
√ Include scientists, engineers, computer programmers, mathematicians,
teachers, retirees, and even college students
√ Connect with STEM Scouts at least once per week, for 10 to 20 minutes,
√ Typically serve 5 to 10 STEM Scouts (1 to 2 hours per week)
√ Stay with their Scouts for years!
√ Are connected to more advanced badges, and are available to answer
questions and coach as needed.
√ Other Scouts who have mastered content can advise members in need,
earning "Peer Mentoring" badge credits.
Online Learning Communities for Members & Mentors
Recognition for Members, Mentors, and Partner Organizations
, designed based on principles of game theory (i.e. challenge, levels, recognition, leader boards, etc) that keep them coming back for more
A sense of
resulting in an understanding that the things they are doing are "adding up" to something and taking them someplace desirable
of other students who share interests, think and plan together, and collaborate on more complex projects
Scholarships and good jobs waiting for DIY STEM members.
Allow members to find others with similar interests
Promote collaboration and teamwork
Enable the formation of special interest groups and
Allow isolated students to develop a sense of belonging
Allow mentors to support each other
Allow staff to support and effectively communicate
with members and mentors
Who IS DIY STEM?
Who "Runs" DIY STEM?
DIY STEM is a
grand "crowdsourcing" partnership
make an ongoing commitment to:
√ Work with the DIY STEM Leadership as needed to establish
standards and templates
activities and assessments
√ Recruit Corporate Partners, Government Agencies, and School Districts to participate, and
activities and assessments
that meet DIY STEM Standards.
Corporate and Foundation Partners
make a commitment to provide one or more of the following:
√ An ongoing commitment from scientists, engineers, and other professionals to serve as
for the development of a strand of badges
√ Assistance in recruiting Government Agencies, and School Districts to participate.
donate academic content (simulations, videos, training manuals, tests, etc) and
may also fund the development of badge strands.
directed by leaders at Penn State University will set the standards for the
development of activities and assessments, and will make other critical decisions.
For more information on the inner working of DIY STEM, contact Kyle Peck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Recognition of accomplishments means a lot, to our members, but also to our mentors and partner and sponsor organizations. We will use badges to recognize the learning and creativity our members demonstrate (a "Training / Leveling System") and will also use badges to recognize the contributions made by
groups and Individuals.
The building blocks of STEM proficiency.
Clusters of related Knatoms and
relationships among them.
Awarded for completing projects that lead students to apply what they have learned.
Gravity Powered Clock
150 Scientists & Engineers
2012 - 2015
Teachers who participate will receive badges
each year with a number indicating how many
members they recruited and how many badges they
earned under the teacher's supervision.
Sponsoring (organizations donating funds to DIY STEM) will get certificates and badges indicating the duration of their sponsorship.
Partners (organizations who recruit scientists and engineers to be DIY STEM mentors) will receive certificates and badges indicating the number or percentage of scientists and engineers they provide.
We've identified this as a national priority and spent a lot of money on hundreds of individual programs that seem to have short term effects on pockets of fortunate students, but we have yet to develop a scalable, systemic solution capable of making real progress.
As educators you understand that cognitive learning outcomes represent different challenges for learners and teachers.
Our DIY STEM badges respect the different levels of cognitive challenge and we included high-end badges students can earn by following the science and engineering processes defined in the new framework recently released by the
National Research Academy.
Awarded for following the National Research Council's framework for science or engineering to design and build a product or design and conduct an experiment that applies what was learned, and explaining the STEM concepts behind the work.
The most highly valued STEM Scouts badges, STEMblems are awarded when Scouts complete three or more Maker Medals and are nominated by their mentors for this recognition.
What will it take to keep students engaged from the time they find DIY STEM until they enter college or a STEM career?
What is STEM?
An acronym representing