The term STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has become more and more popular in education and careers, but what does this look like in the classroom? Science and math are traditionally taught separately, technology is its own class or is used to support projects, and engineering projects are rare. While STEM is a major shift in how these disciplines are taught and understood, it mirrors how they work in the real world. Engineering, scientific experimentation, and applied mathematics integrate science, math, and technology concepts, processes, and skills.
In this course, elementary and middle school teachers (grades K-8) learn how to successfully plan and implement authentic, integrated STEM instruction that engages students in the processes and work of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. After taking this course, teachers will have an understanding of what STEM is; the benefits of integrating STEM project-based learning; and how to plan effective STEM instruction. Additionally, the course provides readily available STEM unit, project, and lesson ideas; exemplars to modify projects and lessons based on individual student needs; and practice designing integrative STEM instruction. By the end of the course, teachers will be able to engage their students to think and act like real scientists and engineers.