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Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM?

Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Some critics say the recent obsession with science and tech compromises other parts of kids' education.
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Activating STEM Lessons With Project-Based Learning (and Zombies)

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Some fun with zombies (and puns galore) to liven up your pre-Halloween teaching?

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Wisconsin STEM Education : STEM Education Programs Continuum

Blogger and Wisconsin educator, Kevin Anderson, says "I decided I"d frame a  continuum of STEM programs: 

"Beginning" - programs that have less potential to meet the goals I noted in my last post and are often the first steps that schools and districts take "Developing" - programs that begin to have potential, but often don't bring people and resources together well enough"Realizing" - programs that have the potential to realize a true vision of STEM

Now, I want to put out a disclaimer here. I'm not saying your STEM program is terrible if you're doing the #1 type activities I mention below. These ideas can be good starting points. I'm arguing that you may not have the impact you hope for without moving further on this continuum." His discussion continues with examples, embedded links to articles that support his assertions, and more about what he thinks STEM should look like.

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For These Schools, Adding Arts to STEM Boosts Curriculum -- THE Journal

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Adding the arts to a STEM curriculum engages students who might otherwise have been left behind
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Zombies Infiltrate Classrooms To Bring STEM Back To Life

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Several weeks into the new school year, educators are tapping the undead to bring life to subjects in need: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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How Cultural Stereotypes Lure Women Away From Careers in Science | TIME.com

How Cultural Stereotypes Lure Women Away From Careers in Science | TIME.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Women may be underrepresented in science and technology not because they are less skilled in those areas or because they face specific gender barriers to entering these fields, but because they may find better opportunities elsewhere.
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IT education initiative launched in Maine

IT education initiative launched in Maine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — "Maine business and education leaders have launched an initiative to double the number of computer science and information technology college graduates over the next four years."

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See also, in the Portland Press Herald: http://www.pressherald.com/news/IT-education-initiative-launched-in-Maine.html
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Should STEM Become STEAM? | District Administration Magazine

Should it?  ABSOLUTELY!  And the best part of this little news summary:  a list of sites that you can plumb for resources.

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Year-End Roundup | Science, Health, Technology and Math

Year-End Roundup | Science, Health, Technology and Math | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Our lessons are on summer vacation, but here are links to every science, health, technology and math lesson we published this school year.
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

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"For most students, science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) subjects are not intuitive or easy. Learning in general—and STEM in particular—requires repeated trial and error, and a student’s lack of confidence can sometimes stand in her own way. And although teachers and parents may think they are doing otherwise, these adults inadvertently help kids make up their minds early on that they're not natural scientists or “math people,” which leads them to pursue other subjects instead."

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The 7 Best STEM Resources in New England

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A thoughtful list of the 7 best STEM resources in New England for educators and parents.
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Pivot Point: At the Crossroads of STEM, STEAM and Arts Integration

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"As debate rages on about Common Core and its implementation across the nation, students are sitting in classrooms waiting for things to change. Many are still locked into traditional courses with teachers who are overwhelmed, nervous and frustrated. Teachers everywhere are facing challenges in finding time to unpack these new standards, discover best practices for their implementation, and still provide innovative instruction for their students. Meanwhile, as we read more reports stating that other countries are outpacing the United States in education, fear mounts that our students will no longer be able to compete in a global economy. We are all, for better or worse, riding on a shift."

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Thanks to Barbara Greenstone, @bgreenst, for this one!

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New Website Sparticl.org Launches to Grow Teen Enthusiasm for Science

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New Website Sparticl.org Launches to Grow Teen Enthusiasm for Science. Curated content, social networking and gaming combine to attract more teens to science.
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Maine School Engages Kids With Relevant Problem-Solving Challenges | PBS NewsHour | May 6, 2013

Maine School Engages Kids With Relevant Problem-Solving Challenges | PBS NewsHour | May 6, 2013 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on a public middle school in Portland, Maine that is taking a different approach to teaching students.
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This story takes viewers through a year-long expeditionary learning process at King Middle School. Video and transcript.

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Harvard Education Letter: Retooling Shop Class

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"Remember “shop”? 

Heavy on low-tech learning using wood and metal, it was often perceived as the gritty retreat of less academically inclined, virtually always male adolescents. Also called industrial arts (IA), shop classes were among the few places that taught blue-collar vocational skills for use beyond graduation. The teaching tools included saws, drills, hammers, and nails.

Now these basic tools are being supplemented by whiz-bang technology—unavailable until just a few years ago—in efforts to renovate old shop spaces into modern “making” spaces where a heterogeneous mix of students can learn computer programming, engineering, and robotics in addition to woodworking and traditional skills. Tools like professional-level design software and 3-D printers (which use plastic resin to create actual objects) allow students to make everything from key chains to parts for small robots to mini windmills and more."

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Robotics on a roll in Minnesota schools | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Robotics on a roll in Minnesota schools | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
An explosion in the popularity of high school robotics teams suddenly has made it chic to be geek.
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STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong Economy

STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong Economy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The president of RISD, John Maeda, makes the case for adding an A to STEM.  Includes a set of links to supporting sites and articles.

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