Presentation on theme: "STEM Education Sounds Great! Now Where Do I Start?"— Presentation transcript:
1STEM Education Sounds Great! Now Where Do I Start? Incorporating STEM Education Into Your CurriculumPresented by Diane Insari and Kimberly Dempsey
2Today’s objectives We will explore…. What STEM is and what STEM is not Why STEM is importantHow to start a STEM initiative in your schoolMini STEM activities
3Catapult ChallengeThe Medieval Catapult was a weapon used during siege warfare. Medieval Catapults were devices for hurling stones or other objects. Today you are a medieval soldier. 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 huge boulders over the wall of the castle as possible. You will have 3 minutes.
4Your mission….Real- Life SituationsYour 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.
5Reflection: What adjustments were needed to make your boulder fly… Further?Higher?Faster?More accurately?
6What Is STEM education? STEM- The Thinkers of Tomorrow Science * Technology * Engineering * Math STEM- The Thinkers of Tomorrow
11technology "...the goal of technology is to make modifications in the world to meet human needs."The National Science Education Standards
12Let’s test your knowledge of the history of educational technology
13“Students today depend upon _____ too much “Students today depend upon _____ too much. They don’t know how to write on _____ without getting _____ ____ all over themselves. They can’t clean a ____ properly. What will they do when they run out of _____?” (Principal’s Association)
14“Students today depend upon paper too much “Students today depend upon paper too much. They don’t know how to write on slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?” (Principal’s Association 1815)
15“ _________ ____ will be the ruin of education in our country “ _________ ____ 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 “ 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 1960’s but prices were astronomical, sometimes in the thousands of dollars. In the 1970’s, they started to become more reasonably priced.”
22The stem philosophy Teacher as Facilitator Hands-On Exploration Trial and ErrorMore Than One Right AnswerIntegrated Curriculum
23STEM is not… An add-on Arts and crafts Showing off Only for high-achieving studentsTeacher demonstrationsStep-by-step directions
24Stem to Steam Integrating the Arts Art Music Foreign Language Physical EducationSocial ScienceCollaborationHands-On ActivitiesProblem SolvingTechnologyReal-Life ApplicationsDesign ProcessCritical Thinking
26Educate to InnovateInvest 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 Obama’s National Security Strategy, May 2010In 2010, President Obama announced the “Educate to Innovate” campaign – a multi-million dollar public-private effort to improve the nation’s ability to compete in key scientific fields and engage students to take on the leading challenges of the 21st century.
2721st Century Readiness for All Students Creativity and InnovationCritical Thinking and Problem SolvingCommunicationCollaboration
28STEM in Virginia Virginia Tech VT-STEM K-12 Outreach Initiative Summer STEM Institute for TeachersCollege of William and MarySTEM 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 scientistsUniversity of VirginiaPh.D. in Interdisciplinary STEM EducationSTEM Education ProgramsPrograms for High School Students:Ten Governor's STEM AcademiesVirginia Council on the Status of Women 2012 STEM Essay Contest-Mrs. O’Donnell, Chair
29STEM in the Elementary classroom Investigating shadows
31Let’s try a stem activity! BUILDING A LUNAR LANDER
32the missionNASA 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 you’ll make a lander—a spacecraft that can land safely when you drop iton the floor of the moon–or classroom.
33your task1. 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.
34The Design Process 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 then7) make improvements for better performance.
37STEM COMMITTEE MEMBERS INITIATE A FOCUS GROUPGauge interestSolicit supportBrainstorm ideasForm a committeeSTEM COMMITTEE MEMBERSAdministrator(s)Teachers from each grade levelTechnology Resource TeacherSpecialist Teacher(s)Parents/Business Partners
38STEM committee first steps Create a LOGODefine Vision and Mission Statement:Liberty Elementary: Preparing Active Learners!“We believe that cultivating active thinking through aSTEM instructional approach will prepare studentsfor their futures.”Share vision with staff and communityProfessional development for committeeAcquire resources
39Solicit support Get Staff Buy-In Get Students Excited Refine vision and goalsHands-on STEM activity with staffGauge interest with staff surveyGet Students ExcitedMorning News Show: ‘Fascinating Facts’After-School: Robotics, Science Club, Lego League, Odyssey of the MindScience-themed assembliesSTEM activities during school dayPeak Parents’ InterestNewsletter, Web Site, Posters, Bulletin Boards, Word of MouthKick-Off Event: STEMmerday!
42Acquire resources Human Resources: Financial Resources: Parent VolunteersLocal Technology Company EmployeesUniversitiesHigh SchoolCentral Office Science and Math DepartmentsFinancial Resources:Inventory current resourcesGrantsDonations from parents and localbusinessesDonations from employers of parentsPTA support
43Professional development STEM Conferences/Professional OrganizationsChildren’s Engineering ConferenceInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)STEM Classes/Degree Programs at UniversitiesPeer-to-Peer CollaborationTeam Planning Days with Committee SupportProfessional Learning Communities to include Specialist TeachersCollaboration with STEM ProfessionalsSTEM Camp for TeachersSocial Networks/Blogs (Follow #STEM on Twitter)STEM Web Sites (Pitsco.com, Learning.com)STEM Literature/Articles