How will you spark the curiosity in the next STEM leader?
STEM education is still not a priority in schools. How can we create STEM leaders in schools to embrace STEM? Watch this video to find ideas and spark the curiosity in the next STEM leader in your district.
I set out to get teachers invested in a shared STEM culture. As a district I wanted teachers to get students immersed into STEM. I wanted teachers to reimagine education. I wanted students to see themselves in STEM. I set out to get our district curriculum and resources that supported a problem based approach to teaching. We worked in PLCs to bring engaging and immersive experiences to students such doing an escape room or a zipline relay. We also embraced project based learning activities where students solve problems such as getting microplastics out of the water, modifying a refrigerator for someone with paralysis and how to reduce the impact of flooding. In the past year we immersed students into STEM days with the goal of getting students to see themselves in STEM even more strongly. We had a construction day where students learned about structure and function while designing a house to withstand a tornado. We had the construction workers who are working on the new school next door come and talk to students. We had an aviation day where students learned about the Civil Air Patrol from officers and participated in aviation activities with them. We then had a hot air balloon pilot come and show students a real hot air balloon. We also had a CSI day where we had students solve the mystery of who stole mountain dew from a teacher’s desk. Students participated in fingerprinting analysis with a police officer, did chemical analysis and questioned the suspects. From these experiences students see themselves as STEM people. We are still working and thriving to get more STEM experience for our students and wanting to immerse themselves into solving problems. The first goal is getting students to see themselves as a STEM person. We need the myth of being a math, science or STEM person out the door. By immersing students into experiences we can start to get all students to see themselves in STEM and the earlier the better!