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1 INCORPORATING STEM EDUCATION INTO YOUR CURRICULUM PRESENTED BY DIANE INSARI AND KIMBERLY DEMPSEY DIANE.INSARI@LCPS.ORG KIMBERLY.DEMPSEY@LCPS.ORG

2 TODAYS OBJECTIVES We will explore…. What STEM is and what STEM is not Why STEM is important How to start a STEM initiative in your school Mini STEM activities

3 Catapult Challenge

4 YOUR MISSION…. REAL- LIFE SITUATIONS Your mission is to acquire more land for your king by laying siege on a neighboring castle. Using your catapult, your team must get as many boulders over the wall and into the castle as possible in 3 minutes.

5 Reflection: What adjustments were needed to make your boulder fly… Further? Higher? Faster? More accurately?

6 WHAT IS STEM EDUCATION? SCIENCE * TECHNOLOGY * ENGINEERING * MATH STEM- The Thinkers of Tomorrow

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8 We define STEM education as the preparation of students in competencies and skills in the four disciplines: Science Technology Engineering, and Math.

9 STEM education provides: Sequences that build upon each other Real-world applications Integrated disciplines

10 SCIENCE Hands-on activities Cooperative learning Open-ended trials Critical thinking Real-life applications

11 TECHNOLOGY "...the goal of technology is to make modifications in the world to meet human needs." The National Science Education Standards

12 LETS TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE HISTORY OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

13 Students today depend upon _____ too much. They dont know how to write on _____ without getting _____ ____ all over themselves. They cant clean a ____ properly. What will they do when they run out of _____? (Principals Association)

14 Students today depend upon paper too much. They dont know how to write on slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They cant clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper? (Principals Association 1815)

15 _________ ____ will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The American virtues of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries. (Federal Teacher)

16 Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The American virtues of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries. (Federal Teacher 1950)

17 __________ ___________ became visible in the mid ____s but prices were astronomical, sometimes in the thousands of dollars. In the ____s, they started to become more reasonably priced.

18 Electronic calculators became visible in the mid 1960s but prices were astronomical, sometimes in the thousands of dollars. In the 1970s, they started to become more reasonably priced.

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20 ENGINEERING From sites.google.comsites.google.com Like Repin The Design Process: the engineering approach to identifying and solving problems

21 MATH Integration of… Computation Graphing Measurement (Weight, Length, Volume, Time, Temperature) Geometry Problem Solving Probability

22 THE STEM PHILOSOPHY Teacher as Facilitator Hands-On Exploration Trial and Error More Than One Right Answer Integrated Curriculum

23 STEM IS NOT… An add-on Arts and crafts Showing off Only for high-achieving students Teacher demonstrations Step-by-step directions

24 STEM TO STEAM Integrating the Arts Art Music Foreign Language Physical Education Social Science Collaboration Hands-On Activities Problem Solving Technology Real-Life Applications Design Process Critical Thinking

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26 Invest more in STEM education so students can learn to think critically in science, math, engineering, and technology. Improve the quality of math and science teaching so American students are no longer outperformed by those in other nations. Expand STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and girls. President Obamas National Security Strategy, May 2010

27 Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Communication Collaboration

28 Virginia Tech VT-STEM K-12 Outreach Initiative Summer STEM Institute for Teachers College of William and Mary STEM Alliance initiative for middle school $580,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to benefit women faculty $2.5 million grant pairs teachers with professional engineers and scientists University of Virginia Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary STEM Education STEM Education Programs Programs for High School Students: Ten Governor's STEM Academies Virginia Council on the Status of Women 2012 STEM Essay Contest- Mrs. ODonnell, Chair

29 STEM IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM INVESTIGATING SHADOWS

30 Insert 1 st grade video here

31 LETS TRY A STEM ACTIVITY! BUILDING A LUNAR LANDER

32 THE MISSION NASA is looking for safe landing sites on the moon. Once they find one, they need to design and build a spacecraft that can land there without injuring astronauts or damaging the spacecraft. Today youll make a landera spacecraft that can land safely when you drop it on the floor of the moon– or classroom.

33 YOUR TASK 1. Design and build a shock- absorbing system out of paper, straws, and mini- marshmallows. 2. Attach your shock absorber to a cardboard platform. 3. Use test results to improve your design.

34 The Design Process 1)identify the problem or challenge; 2) brainstorm solutions; 3) design your equipment or device; 4) build it; 5) test and evaluate the outcome; 6) discuss your solutions; and then 7) make improvements for better performance.

35 STARTING A STEM INITIATIVE IN YOUR SCHOOL

36 A Four-Tiered Approach Our Four-Tiered Approach

37 INITIATE A FOCUS GROUP Gauge interest Solicit support Brainstorm ideas Form a committee STEM COMMITTEE MEMBERS Administrator(s) Teachers from each grade level Technology Resource Teacher Specialist Teacher(s) Parents/Business Partners

38 STEM COMMITTEE FIRST STEPS Create a LOGO Define Vision and Mission Statement: Liberty Elementary: Preparing Active Learners! We believe that cultivating active thinking through a STEM instructional approach will prepare students for their futures. Share vision with staff and community Professional development for committee Acquire resources

39 SOLICIT SUPPORT Get Staff Buy-In Refine vision and goals Hands-on STEM activity with staff Gauge interest with staff survey Get Students Excited Morning News Show: Fascinating Facts After-School: Robotics, Science Club, Lego League, Odyssey of the Mind Science-themed assemblies STEM activities during school day Peak Parents Interest Newsletter, Web Site, Posters, Bulletin Boards, Word of Mouth Kick-Off Event: STEMmerday!

40 STEM MERDAY AN ANNUAL STEM EVENT

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42 ACQUIRE RESOURCES Human Resources: Parent Volunteers Local Technology Company Employees Universities High School Central Office Science and Math Departments Financial Resources: Inventory current resources Grants Donations from parents and local businesses Donations from employers of parents PTA support

43 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STEM Conferences/Professional Organizations Childrens Engineering Conference International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) STEM Classes/Degree Programs at Universities Peer-to-Peer Collaboration Team Planning Days with Committee Support Professional Learning Communities to include Specialist Teachers Collaboration with STEM Professionals STEM Camp for Teachers Social Networks/Blogs (Follow #STEM on Twitter) STEM Web Sites (Pitsco.com, Learning.com) STEM Literature/Articles

44 Insert testimonials here

45 For a copy of this presentation and more information about STEM see our website: www.lcps.org/libertywww.lcps.org/liberty Or contact us: diane.insari@lcps.org kimberly.dempsey@lcps.org


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