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STEM For All Students: This is How You Do It

STEM For All Students: This is How You Do It

STEM has become such a critical part of an overall educational experience. Don't know how to get started? Check this out!

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."

Dr. Vasquez also suggests a multidisciplinary approach using a theme that appears in each STEM and core course during the same time period to draw connections. This achieves a higher level of integration. “For example, the concept focus with an interdisciplinary approach might be “cause and effect.” In a fully integrated STEM lesson, all disciplines come together and you do not see any separation of skills and knowledge within the disciplines. The students don’t think to themselves, “is this science or math?”

The necessity as well as the benefits of a STEM STEAM education for students is obvious, but often it’s just knowing where to begin! If you would like to implement more opportunities for STEM for your students, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to support with resources or help you build a plan. You can email any of us:

Also, if you’d like to explore any more resources, here are some great ones:

We look forward to even more ways to teach and learn alongside you this summer. Book your PD today, as our July and August trainings are already filling up.

Jamila MacArthur

Director, Teaching & Learning

Jamila MacArthur serves as OPSRC's Director of Teaching & Learning. In this role, she will lead the team to further expand quality professional development for public schools, including more robust online training offerings. She will also focus on strengthening collaborative partnerships with schools to further develop innovative strategies that increase student achievement. Among her many certifications, she was recently approved as a Summit Learning Certified Support Partner and as as a Tulsa Model Evaluator.

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