STEM and the School Library: A Marriage that Makes Sense. From makerspace creation and related activities, to coordination of “STEM Talks” from experts in the field, the school libraries in my district continue to take on an increasingly expanded role in STEM/STEAM programming and instruction.
I’ve been excited to serve on district-wide leadership teams involved with these efforts, including the Digital Literacy Team, made up of technology and media specialists, and the STEAM Committee, made up of educators and specialists across grade levels and subject areas. The overlapping nature of the work, from development of a high school “STEAM” certificate program to the planning and implementation of district-wide library makerspaces, connects with the evolving roles and responsibilities of library media specialists and a re-imagined vision for school library media programs in our district. School library programs are in a unique position to play a key role in STEM education and to serve as powerful hybrid spaces for STEM learning.
STEM: It's Elementary! Expert advice on effective STEM education for elementary school teachers by Erin MacPherson Picture a first-grade classroom, maybe even your own.
Kids gather around the sand table, exploring the sand, letting the grains run between their fingers. The teacher passes out some props—marbles, rulers, boxes and cups—and lets students explore freely for a few minutes. The kids excitedly dig in, filling cups with sand and pouring it out, burying marbles, and turning the rulers into shovels and rakes. Then she says: “I have a challenge for you today. Kids start rolling marbles across the sand, only to find the marbles quickly get stuck, hung up on miniature sand dunes. Then one student tries putting his marble on a ruler. Then another props his ruler up on a cup and the marble flies. The teacher watches quietly as the kids explore. “What did you design out of your tools that make the marble roll fastest?” “What do you think makes the marble slow down?” Why STEM in the Early Years? Dr. Getting Started. STEM Education. Increasingly, business leaders, educators, industry experts, and others are rallying around the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in education.
This is a key issue for K-12 education and it's a requirement to create the kind of workforce our country needs. The Obama administration has clearly focused on this as a major education initiative and a business imperative. If the United States is to maintain its economic power, then we will need a STEM-educated workforce that can meet the demands of business in an increasingly complex and technology-driven economy. In fact, a study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that by 2018, 8 million jobs in the U.S. economy will require a college degree in STEM--170,000 in Minnesota alone, which, sadly, has one of the nation's largest achievement gaps between white students and students of color in science and mathematics. Those are the questions that St. St. St.
The need is clear. STEM Education Data. Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making.
Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking and the Maker Movement that’s quickly taking shape in progressive education circles. Though it’s still in very early stages — just launched at the beginning of this school year — researchers and educators at the school want to know how kids learn by tinkering – fooling around with something until one understands how it works. They want to know what happens cognitively – how this learning process helps form habits of mind, builds character and how it affects the individual. Harvard will give teachers specific activities to incorporate into the lessons they already plan to teach. Katrina Schwartz. Science Fair 2016: Meet the Next Generation of America's Innovators. This Wednesday the White House will transform for the day into a hands-on showcase of student innovation: robots, prototypes, tools to help us fight climate change and cancer – all researched, built, and designed by the next generation of America's scientists.
On April 13th, President Obama will host his sixth and final White House Science Fair, welcoming more than 100 top science, technology, engineering and math students from across the country to show us how they are going to change the future of America. Find out more below about the students participating in this year's Science Fair, and share YOUR science projects on social media using #WHScienceFair. Meet This Year's Exhibitors Girls Reach Space with Loki Lego Launcher Nine-year-old Kimberly and eleven-year-old Rebecca Yeung from Seattle, Washington, built a homemade “spacecraft” out of archery arrows and wood scraps, and launched it into the stratosphere via a helium balloon.
Team Designs Robot to Clean Up New York City Subways.