Get Ready for some Fun!
What is S.T.E.M.?
S.T.E.M. stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math. It is not a particular method or way of teaching, but more of a movement to integrate these subjects into the curriculum with real-world, problem-based activities. It's teaching science and math in creative and hands-on ways.
Why teach S.T.E.M.?
1. Real world application–how many times do your students ask you, “Why are we learning this?” S.T.E.M. projects help answer that question by encouraging students to use math and science to solve real-world problems. Perhaps they are using area and perimeter to design a zoo blueprint or planning a mission to Mars using math and critical thinking. Many S.T.E.M. projects offer the skills in a real-world context.
2. Problem solving–Students practice solving problems that don’t necessarily have a single “right” answer. They practice trial and error and how to come up with creative solutions. They get to practice divergent thinking and adaptability. These are all skills that can be applied in all areas of life.
3. Hands On--Students learn by doing, and with many S.T.E.M. projects, students are using tools and science materials. They are solving problems or constructing structures, not just reading about them or answering questions.
4. Differentiated Instruction at its finest–Since there can be any number of possible solutions, most S.T.E.M. activities are naturally differentiated. Everyone can solve the problem to the best of his or her own ability. Sometimes you will find your students who are not the best traditional students will thrive at S.T.E.M. projects. There is truly a place for everyone.
5. Cooperative Learning–S.T.E.M. projects give students practice working as a team. They learn and solve together, often playing different roles on the team. Teamwork skills are important not just in the school setting but in the “real world,” as well.
6. Access creativity–S.T.E.M. activities give your students a chance to show off their creative side. They will get a chance to think outside of the box and sometimes even use art and design. Your creative students will get a chance to shine.
7. Failure–S.T.E.M. projects give students the opportunity to try a design or solution that may or may not work. With S.T.E.M. projects, they can fail in a safe and supportive environment and learn from their mistakes. After all, many great inventions were made from failures or mistakes.
8. Active Engagement–Students are actively engaged when participating in S.T.E.M. projects. They are not daydreaming or doodling, they are participating, solving, measuring, and doing.
9. S.T.E.M. is the future. As new technologies develop, so do new S.T.E.M. careers. It’s not just doctors and engineers but architects, graphic design, video game programmers, and more. Think of all how our world has improved because of technology and innovation. It is unimaginable what the next generation of S.T.E.M.-ers will create!
Who is Ms. Russart?
Thanks for checking out my STEM page! My name is Ms. R and I am the STEM Room Coordinator here at Brillion Elementary. I LOVE being apart of STEM and having the students learn new ideas and work on different projects throughout the year. This site is to give students more opportunities to learn about some of the topics they work on during STEM. There are videos, games, and sometimes just interesting information I found that fits the topic. I try to add new materials often so keep coming back to explore!