This class takes an in-depth look at how to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teaching and learning into your current teaching practices. Applying the STEM guiding principles can make for more effective teaching and increase student engagement. You will examine how to connect the STEM disciplines to each other and with other content areas (language arts, social studies, art, etc.) as you read and reflect on the text (pick one): Teaching STEM in the Early Year: Activities for Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (PK-2) or STEM Lesson Essentials, Grades 3-8: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. With your new understanding of different approaches to STEM teaching, you will create your own interdisciplinary STEM lesson/unit. Grades K-8.
The most beneficial aspect of the class is that it gave me a lot to think about. For years I have tried to incorporate PBL into my classes, but with the STEM approach I have started to think about how students can use engineering to solve problems or answer questions. This course has given me lots of resources and a vocabulary to talk about this approach to engaged learning. I enjoyed the reading/reflecting/application format of the class. I will definitely use what I have learned in this course for years to come. ---2018 Winter Student
The most beneficial thing in this class for me was reading about the background and the strategies and different kinds of STEM ways to teach. (The interdisciplinary, etc.) I didn't know any of that stuff and it was really cool to see the teacher example lessons with each kind. It helped me to better understand. I really enjoyed that book. I also liked how you made us really think about how we want to incorporate it into our teaching and having us think about which activities we can do with lessons or units we are already teaching. Just allowing us to have a more STEM minded brain I guess. Now I find myself thinking of random things I can do within so much curriculum this year. ---2018 Winter Student
The most beneficial aspect for me, was learning about the introduction of STEAM into STEM, as well as, making me feel more intentional about how I am going to plan activities. The book was an easy read, that clearly covered all aspects of STEM very well. ---2018 Winter Student