STEM Culture is something that is developed over time through intentional strategies which highlight STEM careers, STEM skills, and the interconnectivity of the world around us all. Each month we are highlighting some of the strategies we see in classrooms from our DEN and STEM educators building pathways for their colleagues to implement a STEM culture.
“Breaking Out of the Box”
Inspired by: Rhett Rook & Elizabeth Olerich, Hickman Mills C-1 School District, MO
Students need instruction and assessments that help them build skills through their learning experiences. This strategy focuses on ways to develop complex thinking and problem solving skills while tapping into student competitiveness and assessing content knowledge. It requires students to literally think outside of the box, which can help them in today’s world and prepare them for their futures.
Inspired by: Holly Gerlach, Hillsborough County Public Schools, FL
Throughout the year, students need to have opportunities to see diverse people utilizing STEM within their careers and in their everyday lives. Students need to see, hear, and experience real world examples of how individuals in all fields use STEM skills effectively to make a difference in their community and the world.