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."
Two questions: Did you realize that customer service within your schools is everyone's responsibility, not just those sitting in the front office? And did you know that DonorsChoose.org is not the only site you can use to raise money for your classrooms?
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