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Copy of STEAM: A Hot Topic in Education

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Jacie Maslyk

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STEAM: A Hot Topic in Education

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Jacie Maslyk, Principal
Crafton Elementary School

Amy Burch, Principal
Elroy Elementary School
Poll Everywhere
On the 2006 Programme for International
Student Assessment (PISA) comparison, American
students ranked 21st out of 30 in science
literacy among students from developed countries,
and 25th out of 30 in math literacy.
On the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) math tests, US 4th graders showed no signs of progress for the first time in many years.

In 2005, only about one-third of 4th and 8th grade students performed at the proficient level in math 36% and 30%, respectively. Approximately 20% of 4th graders and just over 30% of 8th graders— scored below the basic level.
During the next decade, U.S. demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate for all other occupations!
More than 1.5 million students in
the U.S engage in blended learning.
By the end of 2010, 38 states had
virtual schools or online learning initiatives.
3,339 the average number of texts per month that teens sent during the 2nd quarter of 2010.
7 hours per day the average 8-18 year old
spends with digital media on screens.
93% of students say that their school
places restrictions on mobile phone use.
To be successful in the 21st Century, students must know how to apply knowledge to new situations, analyze information, and solve problems.
The 4 C’s:

Critical Thinking
This program was started by Judith A. Ramaley, the former director of the National Science Foundation’s education division (2001).
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is designed to revolutionize the teaching of mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into the regular curriculum.
Instead of separating science, technology, engineering, and math into individual curriculum “silos,” STEM can provide our students with the integrative tools of investigation and analysis.
A STEM classroom shifts students away from learning isolated facts, to experience-based inquiry with opportunities for both collaborative and independent learning.
-Immediate feedback
-Formative assessments
-Increase classroom participation and attentiveness
-Encourage risk taking with anonymous student responses
Common Core Standards
Aligned with college and work expectations
Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards
Informed by top-performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society
Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System (SAS)
What’s missing?
Some argue that STEM is missing a key set of creativity-related components that are equally critical to fostering a competitive and innovative workforce.
Ready to Innovate (2008) report
Companies are looking for skill sets in their new employees that require more arts and creativity.
Companies want workers who can brainstorm, problem-solve, collaborate creatively and contribute new ideas.
often credited to Georgette Yakman
Adding the A
physics, biology, chemistry, astronomy, oceanography, environmental studies
production, agriculture, communication, transportation, power & energy, industrial arts & information technology
construction, aerospace, mechanical, industry, civil
physical, fine, politics, philosophy, history
problem solving, algebra, geometry,
trigonometry, calculus, data analysis
Real World Applications
Rigorous and Relevant
Promotes Higher-Order Thinking
1) Student-centered
2) Teacher resources
3) Integration of at least 2 letters
4)Barriers to implementing STEAM
“One of the keys to increasing learning is to better engage students. Virtual field trips, online discussions with experts outside school, and many other technology applications can lead to higher achievement because students become more highly motivated and engaged in learning”

Zucker, 2008
Teacher blogs
Virtual field trips
Video conferences with experts
Science Olympiad
Learning Express
Search for opportunities that exist locally to reinforce and strengthen curriculum and increase student achievement and motivation.
Local businesses and corporations
National Science Foundation
Hewlett Packard
Local organizations-
Spectroscopy Society
Grable Foundation
Challenger Center
2011 Conference
Reboot! TeachingTransformed
Thank you! Any questions?


We now live in a world where: you can't understand Science without Technology, which couches most of its research and development in Engineering, which you can't create without an understanding of the Arts and Mathematics.
Yakman, 2010
Web 2.o Tools
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