Research based information on why STEM is so important for our young people and the future of our nation.
From the White House:
• Educate to Innovate
From the U.S. Department of Education:
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership
Some of the best scientists and educators in the country have provided STEM education guidelines to successfully take young people from elementary school to college. Currently, 40 states have shown commitment to these STEM standards and 16 states have adopted them for their schools.
A great number of STEM activities exist on the World Wide Web. The sites listed below contain some of the best.
STEM Implementation Best Practices
For STEM to effectively prepare our young people for the 21st century, we must provide more than thematic, hands-on activities. It is important to implement STEM in a way that encourages active student-centric inquiry and develops critical thinking skills. The sites below provide tips and ideas on how to effectively teach STEM topics.
Adding Art to STEM to Make STEAM
Education works best when connections can be made to existing information. As STEM becomes a mainstay in our young people's education, it is increasingly important to integrate its content across other disciplines. To encourage innovation, try integrating art and design within the traditional themes of STEM. A fresh perspective can be energizing for both you and your young people.
I'm also looking forward to the on-going development of STEMNext, a national leader in increasing STEM learning.
Contributed by Andy the Science Wiz, NAA STEM Specialist Andy Allan