Information presented in a familiar and mind-engaging context leads to greater understanding and retention, as compared to memorization of facts in isolation. Research indicates that retention is greatest when students are actively engaged, put their knowledge into immediate practice, and become “teachers” of other students. Everyday STEM directly addresses these issues.
Facilitate Your Own Professional Development
Over the years the need for professional development in the STEM areas has grown. At the same time school funding has decreased. Everyday STEM was developed to provide every school an affordable way to provide quality professional development for their teachers. The series incorporates strategies that teachers can use to integrate technology and engineering into their regular lessons.
Building Strong Foundations
Everyday STEM Workshop Units:
- Explore the meaning of technology and the efforts on everyday life.
- Reinforce the relationship between technology and other fields of study including science, mathematics, engineering, and language arts.
- Provide experience with hands-on designing, building, and problem solving activities.
- Investigate the design loop as a problem solving process.
- Provide activities to help participants integrate technology and engineering into their educational setting.
- Support state and national curriculum standards.
- Support the Standards for Technological Literacy.
Unit 1 – Highlighting the T&E in STEM
This is the starting point for the Everyday STEM program. This unit provides facilitators detailed professional development plans, including tools teachers can use to help students develop an understanding of how technology affects their daily lives. The unit was developed specifically by teachers to help educators understand that STEM is more than just science and mathematics.
Unit 2 – Using the Design Process
This unit builds teachers’ understanding of the technology and engineering design process. It provides hands-on experiences to help teachers internalize the design process, helping them become better facilitators as their students are implementing design briefs.
Unit 3 – Structures Found in Everyday Lessons
Structures are more than buildings, bridges, and monuments. This unit was developed specifically to help elementary educators understand that they already teach about structures in many of their lessons. Teachers will learn to identify and classify structures included in their daily lessons, recognizing multiple ways they can integrate discussions of structures into academic lessons without changing what they already teach.
Unit 4 – Tools - Making Connections in Everyday Lessons
Unit 5 – Materials - Making Connections in Everyday Lessons
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