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DIY STEM Introduction

To PSU Gaming Group 10/2/13
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Kyle Peck

on 4 December 2016

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Transcript of DIY STEM Introduction

What is DIY STEM?
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
decades!
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

is fading
.
1958!
Solving America's
STEM Problem...

Will require a systemic solution that:
Creates interest
in STEM, and
Maintains interest
in STEM
√ Despite changes in teacher or school
√ Despite peer pressure
√ Despite the fact that STEM courses can be
more challenging and more demanding than other
courses, and
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
IMPACT
on the necessary scale.
Creating Long-Term Engagement
The DIY STEM
Hierarchy
of Badges

Mentors and Mentoring
Mentors
√ 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,
via Skype
√ Typically serve 5 to 10 STEM Scouts (1 to 2 hours per week)
√ Stay with their Scouts for years!
Content Mentors
√ Are connected to more advanced badges, and are available to answer
questions and coach as needed.
Peer Mentors
√ 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

Stimulating
activities
, 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
progress
and
goal orientation
resulting in an understanding that the things they are doing are "adding up" to something and taking them someplace desirable
A
community
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
resource sharing
Allow isolated students to develop a sense of belonging
and community.
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
.
Academic Partners
make an ongoing commitment to:
√ Work with the DIY STEM Leadership as needed to establish
standards and templates
for
activities and assessments
√ Recruit Corporate Partners, Government Agencies, and School Districts to participate, and
√ Develop
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
mentors

Funding
for the development of a strand of badges
√ Assistance in recruiting Government Agencies, and School Districts to participate.
Content Partners
donate academic content (simulations, videos, training manuals, tests, etc) and
may also fund the development of badge strands.
A
Steering Team
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 (kpeck@psu.edu).
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.
"Knowledge Atoms"
The building blocks of STEM proficiency.
"Knowledge Molecules"
Clusters of related Knatoms and
relationships among them.
Awarded for completing projects that lead students to apply what they have learned.
KNatoms
KNowlecules
Project Patches
Maker Medals
STEMblems
Energy I
Energy II
Energy
Conversion
Reducing
Energy Use
Gravity Powered Clock
Electric Circuits
Electric
Motor
Solar
Oven
Potato
Battery
Solar Car
DIY
STEM
Teacher
DIY STEM
Sponsor
150 Scientists & Engineers
25
250
100
DIY STEM
Partner
Three Years!
2012 - 2015
DIY
STEM
Teacher
DIY
STEM
Teacher
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.
2013
2013
2013
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
S
cience
T
echnology
E
ngineering and
M
athematics
Assessed by
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