The first thing to wrap your head around as a STEM teacher is this: “What will I be teaching?” When you hear the word STEM, what answer comes to mind? Simply put, STEM is not a subject or a content area. And STEM is not comprised of four independent subjects.
Category: Book Excerpts
Why is everyone talking about the importance of STEM for today’s students? In this excerpt from STEM by Design, author Anne Jolly offers seven compelling reasons for STEM studies, as we think about what it means to live and prosper in the 21st century.
Good science, math and technology programs can have many different “looks,” but if we’re going to call a program “STEM” then eight STEM criteria should be at the center. First and foremost, authentic STEM programs incorporate the engineering design process.
Problem-solving is fundamental to STEM. But coming up with real-world engineering challenges for students to solve can be tricky. Anne Jolly shares some ideas and resources STEM educators can use to help students select realistic problems they can address.
You’ve located a possible STEM lesson, but how can you be sure it’s of good quality? First and foremost the lessons need to be shaped by STEM principles and criteria. Check out Anne Jolly’s specifications and see how she analyzes potential teaching material.