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  • Innovative

    Teaching in

    Science,

    Technology,

    Engineering, and

    Math

  • What is S.T.E.M.?

    Science

    Technology

    Engineering

    Math

     The acronym originated with the

    National Science Foundation

  •  STEM education is an intentional, integrative approach

    to teaching and learning, in which students uncover

    and acquire a comprehensive set of concepts,

    competencies, and thinking skills of science,

    technology, engineering, and mathematics that they

    transfer and apply in both academic and real-world

    contexts.

    STEM Education defined as:

  • Why focus on S.T.E.M?

  •  The U.S. will have over 1 million job

    openings in STEM-related fields by 2018;

     yet, according to the U.S. Bureau of

    Statistics, only 16% of U.S. bachelor’s

    degrees will specialize in STEM subjects.

  •  As a nation, we are not graduating nearly

    enough STEM majors to supply the

    demand.

     Our students are graduating high school

    and are unable to problem solve and

    think critically.

  • Failure to motivate student

    interest in math and science

     In most K-12 systems, math and science

    subjects are disconnected from other

    subject matters and the real world

     Students often fail to see the connections

    between what they are studying and

    STEM career options

  • The Famous Question….

    When will I need to use Algebra in the real world?? Why do I need to learn this?

  • 1/3 of Americans would rather clean a

    toilet than do a math problem—

  •  Equations that describe how a spacecraft

    orbits the Earth involve algebra.

  •  Many jobs require none of the skills we force

    students to learn in high school.

  •  What do we, as a society, really want our

    young people to learn in school?

  •  What valuable lessons might need to be

    set aside in favor of even more valuable

    ones?

  • Think about key skills needed

    in today's workplace:

     problem solving, analytical thinking, and

    the ability to work independently

  •  So should we invest our limited education

    resources in teaching critical reading skills

    or in what’s known as STEM — science,

    technology, engineering and math?

    OR

  • The truth is, we can and must do both.

  •  Developing scientists and engineers can’t

    comprehend complex texts if they can’t read.

  •  At the same time, science and math have

    the potential to engage children,

    encouraging them to read more.

  •  Rather than choose between these priorities, we

    should find ways to integrate literacy with STEM

    instruction.

  •  Integration can incorporate problem solving,

    vocabulary building, writing and speaking

    through STEM activities.

  • Science, Technology, Engineering,

    and Math…..

    are not separate

    subjects to be

    broken down into

    their own time slots

    should be

    incorporated and

    encouraged within

    all activities

    throughout the day

  • Design

    Challenge

  • *Introduced to new vocabulary;  buoyancy,

     mass,

     dense,

     same/different,

     heavy,

     light,

     predict,

     sink,

     float,

     surface area,

     weight

  • Exploring Ramps:  Inclined plane

     Gravity

     Momentum

     Faster

     Motion and speed

     Texture of the object

     Obstacle

     Force

     Weight

  •  Our future mathematicians, computer

    programmers, engineers, and scientists

    must be strong readers and writers,

    effective communicators, and critical

    thinkers and innovators in order to be truly

    successful in their chosen fields.

  •  Supporting STEM education, means, by

    necessity, we have to support literacy

    acquisition as well.

  • Through STEM children are

    learning:

     Communication and cooperation skills to listen to customer needs or interact with project partners.

     Creative abilities to solve problems and develop new ideas.

     Leadership skills to lead projects or help customers.

     Organization skills to keep track of lots of different information.

  • Let’s think….. What are teachers already doing?

  • PA State Early Learning Standards Are the

    Foundation for Designing Intentional Experiences

  • Design

    Challenge

  • *Introduced to new vocabulary;  buoyancy,

     mass,

     dense,

     same/different,

     heavy,

     light,

     predict,

     sink,

     float,

     surface area,

     weight

  • Exploring Ramps:  Inclined plane

     Gravity

     Momentum

     Faster

     Motion and speed

     Texture of the object

     Obstacle

     Force

     Weight

  • Through STEM:

     Children take the lead in exploring

     Ask open-ended questions that cause:

     Children to reflect

     Form theories

     Ask questions

     And explore more

  • STEM education with 3- and 4-

    year olds

     Teacher-child conversations begin to

    focus on why things are happening

     Children look for patterns across many

    related experiences as evidence for their

    ideas.

  • The children are:

     posing questions,

     using tools,

     working collaboratively,

     making plans,

     predicting outcomes,

     observing closely,

     documenting results, and

     talking about their findings.

  • S.T.E.M. Education Goals

     Hands-on

     Teacher acts as facilitator, the children

    lead

     Learning is viewed as a process

     Practical use

     Promotes higher-order thinking

     STEM subjects should be incorporated

    throughout the day in everything we do

  • Environment

     An environment intentionally designed to

    provide brain-building experiences for

    children, where they are free to explore,

    ask questions, and where the educator is

    available to children when they need

    guidance with new ideas

  • STEM with babies??

  • Children are Born True Scientists

  • We are born with enough brain cells to learn

    just about anything.

  •  Babies are learning how to construct knowledge and problem solve based on how they experience their world.

  • Incorporate books

  • Chemistry- how does it

    change

    banana bread.mov

  • Physics: How does it move?

    norma rolls ball physics.mov

  • alice kiera light table.MOV

  • Language Development

    Rosie picks apple - Copy.mov

  • Learning is largely experience

    dependent……

     Ask yourself the question, “what

    experiences are most likely going to foster

    the desire to go on learning?”

  • Resources:

     http://naturalstart.org/feature- stories/engaging-children-stem-education- early (STEM in EC)

     http://successfulstemeducation.org/resources /nurturing-stem-skills-young-learners- prek%E2%80%933 (STEM in EC)

     http://edsolutionsllc.files.wordpress.com/2012/ 10/stem-content-package.pdf (STEM in EC)

     http://www.jstart.org/sites/default/files/activit y-sink-or-float.pdf (Sink-or-Float)

     http://www.delta- education.com/downloads/samples_dsm/Sin korFloatTOC.pdf (Sink-or-Float)

     http://www.peepandthebigwideworld.com/g uide/pdf/peep-guide-ramps.pdf (Exploring Ramps)

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