STEM Initiative

I began implementing STEM activities in my classroom more heavily last year. I have to say, it went really well. :) I think one of the reasons these types of activities go over so well is because the students take so much interest in them. They are so motivated to learn!  In today's society, science, technology, engineering, and math are so important! These types of fields are ALL around us!

Recently, I was contacted by a student at Rochester Institute of Technology in regards to a STEM initiative.  I was shocked to find that only 33% of eighth-grade students are interested in majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! She explained to me that there are lots of non profit organizations out there who want to help raise this number.  This is where you come in!

Teachers:

Can you please answer these questions in the comments below? 

1. What nonprofits or camps in your area are making a difference for students? 

2. How do you incorporate STEM teaching in your classroom? 


By answering these questions, we will be able to put together some information that will help other educators incorporate STEM teaching in their classrooms. 

I appreciate your help in advance!

HAPPY TEACHING :)

4 comments:

  1. My child's school does a science fair. We also have First Lego League teams. We also have an arts and science center that offers programs.
    I teach all science. I focus on teaching hands-on science. By making it hands on the students have a positive experience. The goal is to have these memorable, positive experiences with exploration so they will enter middle school much more positive about science.

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting! I agree that it is so important to create positive neuro associations about science early on!! :)

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  2. When we begin developing the engineering and STEM program at our school four years ago, we knew we wanted to go a different direction then was currently being promoted in other schools. We determined this would not be a program for just the gifted and talented, not just for those who can stay after school, not be a fee based program for the few who can afford it and not just for a particular age or gender. We also knew that teachers were overwhelmed with the current “bursting at the seams” curriculum and testing pressure. So we began developing STEM lesson that could be easily be integrated into their curriculum and not be an add-on to the already full schedule. We also determined that we would use cheap and recycled materials so there was very little or no expense. Finally, all children from preschool to 6th grade, no matter their learning challenges, were included in the engineering design process activities. In addition, we added evening family engineering nights so that the adults were part of our learning team. We believe strongly that STEM needs to be part of an entire community’s life long learning experience, so we plant the seeds at the elementary level for a positive attitude toward science, math, technology, and engineering.
    Wendy and Cheryl – GetCaughtEnginering.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your response! I am excited to be able to share this information! :)

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