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The essential components of STEM education

The essential components of STEM education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Schools seeking to build, strengthen or improve their STEM education programs now have a 14-point checklist to use as a guide.


The full checklist in pdf: https://ospri.research.gwu.edu/sites/ospri.research.gwu.edu/files/downloads/CC%20Inventory_FINAL.pdf

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Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds

Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The study finds that teenagers prefer learning about science through hands-on labs.
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Workshop for STEM educators at Portland Public Library

For STEM educators, a Challenger Learning Center of Maine workshop on Saturday, February 27 at the Portland Public Library

https://www.astronaut.org/schools-groups/professional-development/ ;

https://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/stem-educator-workshop/ ;

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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From websites to games, contests to summer camps, we've got a ton of sites to explore in science, technology, engineering and math for kids age 5 to 18.
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Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges

Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A collaboration between Pixar and Khan Academy hopes to show students what math looks like at work in successful animated films.
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STEM teaching toolkit supports deeper learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

STEM teaching toolkit supports deeper learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new STEM teaching toolkit from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) aims to improve curriculum design through authentic, collaborative, project-based learning experiences.
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How can the U.S. change math education?

How can the U.S. change math education? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A panel of experts discussed strategies and approaches that will make math instruction less threatening to today's students.
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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)

Activating STEM Lessons With Project-Based Learning (and Zombies) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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

For These Schools, Adding Arts to STEM Boosts Curriculum -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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

Zombies Infiltrate Classrooms To Bring STEM Back To Life | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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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Advanced Placement Continues Growth In and Out of STEM - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

Advanced Placement Continues Growth In and Out of STEM - Curriculum Matters - Education Week | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
An early look at figures from the 2016 Advanced Placement tests shows continued growth in test-taking in subjects such as physics and computer science, and a trend of increasing scores in a number of fast-growing subjects.
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43% of US students get proficient score on NAEP Engineering, Technology Test

43% of US students get proficient score on NAEP Engineering, Technology Test | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Because 2014 marked the first time the technology and engineering exam was administered, there is no data available for drawing direct historical comparisons. But the stubborn achievement gaps that persist in math and reading between race and income level were largely mirrored in the test's results. 


There are also notable differences in scores achieved by students from different school types and locations. 

"The scores clearly show that when students have opportunities to engage with technology and engineering, they become fluent in the skills that prepare them for living and working in the modern world," said Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. "But access to these opportunities from place to place is patchy. That's a call for communities to create opportunities where needed, from schools to science centers to after-school programming."

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School Systems Get More Say on STEM Education

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Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states and districts get more leeway—and more options—on funding STEM programs.
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New Federal Law Means Computer Science Is Officially Part of STEM

New Federal Law Means Computer Science Is Officially Part of STEM | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The STEM Education Act of 2015, which expands the definition of STEM—an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—to include computer science programs, was signed into law yesterday.
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Fun Summer DIY Projects

Engage budding scientists and artists with this video playlist of investigative experiments, from Rion Nakaya of The Kid Should See This.
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STEM Resource Series: Over 70 Stemtastic Sites, Pt. 4

STEM Resource Series: Over 70 Stemtastic Sites, Pt. 4 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Part 4 in a series of reviews of sites to use in STEM teaching looks at MathSite, Engineer Your Life, Code, Computer Science Unplugged, Achieve: Next Gen Science Standards, Accelerator Nation, Lure of Labyrinth, National STEM Video Game Challenge, Stoodle, and Triangle STE Coalition.

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Social Studies and STEM

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History is related to every STEM subject and can play a role as schools move ahead with trans-disciplinary curricula. STEM embraces, integrates, opens and welcomes thinking.
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"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

The 7 Best STEM Resources in New England | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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

Pivot Point: At the Crossroads of STEM, STEAM and Arts Integration | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"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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