".....The changing face and focus of education were experienced by the Rotary Club of Cleveland Tuesday.
Keri Randolph, director of learning for the Southeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, led the Rotarians in an exercise to compare new learning styles with those most of the audience experienced in school.
“STEM (the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math) is about engaging kids in the learning process and getting them doing things hands-on,” Southeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub managing director Tracey Carisch said. “It’s also about a different way of learning, so that kids are learning how to think and learning how to problem solve and learning how to work with their fellow classmates on projects.”
This focus connects the classroom with real-life scenarios, giving the student a better sense of how they might use this information in the future. Carisch said they have also emphasized partnerships with local businesses to give students an opportunity to see science and math in action.
“What we want to see is kids engaged and teachers as facilitators,” Randolph said.
She pointed out that the new approach gets students engaged and allows them to talk in class. Carisch said this gives the students a sense of ownership.
Having a STEM focus goes beyond adding more classes to a class schedule. According to Carisch, such a focus is about incorporating these subjects into other areas of studies and connecting them.
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