STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is important because it pervades every part of our lives. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy and enables the next generation of innovators. So why aren’t we all doing it? Implementing change can be hard, especially with all other initiatives schools have going.
We know creating more opportunities for STEM And STEAM with our students will better prepare them for the future, but where do you even start, especially when funding becomes a major stumbling block? According to an article by Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez written for the MIND Research Institute, starting small and building up implementation is the first step in the transition. Dr. Vasquez suggests, “Implementing a STEM program, like any new approach, is all about changing the system. First, you have to get everybody on the same page about the operational definition of STEM and what STEM teaching and learning should look like. Bring STEM lessons for teachers to try. Then have teachers work as a team to see where those natural connections in their standards are and where they might be creative about designing lessons."
Congratulations on completing the 2017-2018 school year, and happy summer to you! We realize summers aren’t necessarily packed full with vacations and relaxing; it's the opposite in fact.
One of our goals is to make PD accessible and tailored to your needs. Creating innovative ways to support administrators, teachers and students is top of mind as we develop new offerings and possibilities. Well, you’ve spoken, and we’ve listened.
Technology is all around us in our schools. In fact, in recent years it seems that the challenge for districts isn’t getting technology to the classroom but trying to leverage that technology and use it properly in the classroom.