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1 Helping STEM Take Root currently known as Square Watermelons & Walk-Through Whales

2 Introduction Focus of STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Holistic learning: not bits & pieces Rigor + Relevance + Application= Ability to Compete

3 Guiding Force The National Science Foundation estimates that 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills. Engaging and rigorous undergraduate STEM education provides the foundation for the STEM workforce, for advanced study, for well- prepared K-12 teachers, and for educated 21st century citizens.

4 Amending the Soil Inquiry & Problem Based Learning Digital curriculum integrated with digital teaching technologies Formative & summative assessments with both task and non-task specific rubrics Integrate with Common Core K-2 Change of Attitude and Approach!

5 What Will Your Garden Grow? Problem-solvers Innovators & Inventors Curiosity Student self-reliance Technologically literate workers Life-long learners Global competitors College readiness skills Work force Ready Employees

6 Fertilizers American Competitiveness Initiative America COMPETES Act of 2007 Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Future Race to the Top Obamas national recognition of STEM Looming reauthorization of NCLB STEM Education Coalition

7 Bugs Securing resources Community support Limited number of qualified secondary teachers Resistance to change: Just a Fad… NCLB accountability on Reading and Math No national STEM standards Bugs

8 Planting the Seed EiE (Engineering is Elementary) CAL Tech for Teachers: STEM Resources TN Electronic Learning Center Pink Palace Suitcase Exhibits STEM Tradebooks Watermelon STEM Unit

9 TAPping TIGER Students Active Engagement in Meaningful Learning. T.eacher A.dvancement P.rogram T.eacher I.nstructional G.rowth for E.ffectiveness & R.esults STEM supports the TAP & TIGER Model of Evaluation in each of its four domains: Planning and preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities.

10 …plan a wide range of effective teaching strategies…

11 …building connections across disciplines Building connections across Disciplines

12 …engage students in high- level cognitive activity

13 …highly suitable to diverse learners…

14 …student participation in selecting or adapting materials…

15 …uses formative assessment…

16 …students demonstrate their value for learning through active participation, curiosity, and initiative

17 …students are productively engaged at all times… …small group work is well organized… …students assume responsibility for productivity…

18 …adapt activities and projects to enhance their understanding… …cognitively engaged in activities and exploration of content…

19 Students initiate the choice, adaptation, or creation of materials to enhance learning.

20 Teachers seek out opportunities for professional development. LEAD Conference TETC Conference Battelle for Kids STEM Sessions National Council for Teachers of Mathematics On-line Webinars such as Siemens Academy TN Curriculum Center National Academy of Math Teachers

21 Career Standards Standard 4 : Career Awareness and Employment Readiness Skills Students will acquire skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.

22 Career Standards Standard 5: Career Information and Career Goals Students will employ strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction. Standard 6: Knowledge and Skills to Achieve Career Goals Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training, and the world of work.

23 Career Education Career education is one of the big five areas of the Guidance Umbrella. Every career we might have includes the engineering process of Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. Career education standards require students to acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions. Kuder Career Assessment Program

24 Engineering Process Ask Imagine Plan Create Improve

25 Community STEM Garden STEM Family Nights Faculty Scope of Work Presentations Embedded in School Day 2011-2012 –45 Minutes each day –Lexington Middle 6-8 Learn 21 Classes –Caywood Elementary K-5 Enrichment –School-Wide Events Wild About Watermelons! –After School Caywood Achieves –FOSS Full Options Science System

26 Float Your Boat

27 Channel I Exhibit

28 iPads from Freed-Hardeman

29 Designed to Fly

30 Dancing Raisins

31 Wind Energy Dragsters

32 A Whale of a Time

33 Wild about Watermelons

34 Wild about Watermelons 2

35 Research Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Future www.DistrictAdministration.com www.currtechintegrations.com/pdf/STE MEducationArticle.pdf Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education What Form? What Function? Hays Blaine Lantz, Jr., Ed.D., 2009www.currtechintegrations.com/pdf/STE MEducationArticle.pdf


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