STEM Education

STEM Education

Date & Time

26 May 2015, 00:00 - 29 May 2015, 00:00

Venue

NIE (Exact venue TBC)

Department

Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL)

Events Details

Course Objective

To develop “true” integrated STEM education teaching and learning activities requires that teachers know and understand the concepts and practices associated with technology and engineering, including the Engineering Design Process and how it can be integrated into the curriculum.  Presented from an American perspective, the purposes of these workshops will be for primary, secondary, and junior college education teachers to learn how to develop age appropriate integrated STEM education activities and experiences. 

The primary focus of the workshops will be in the areas of technology and engineering, the “T & E” of STEM.  In these workshops, hands-on activities and experiences will be used to teach about common concepts and practices associate with engineering and technology and how they are integrated into STEM education.  During the workshops, teachers will learn about the engineering design process and how to develop engineering design challenges that promote STEM integration.  In addition, teachers will be given opportunities to develop and assess integrated STEM lessons and activities.

 

Course Outline

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has become a priority to many countries around the world as they look to build a STEM-educated workforce that helps them to stay globally competitive and can help in solving many of today’s global problems (e.g., food security or clean drinking water).  Although STEM education has many interpretations, many support it as a “belief that promotes the teaching of STEM concepts, principles, and techniques in an integrated approach.”  

When discussing STEM education, it often only refers to activities and experiences in the core subjects areas of math and science; seldom does it refer to the “technology and engineering” areas, the “T&E” of STEM.   If true STEM integration is to occur, teachers must have a good basic understanding of the concepts and practices associated with technology and engineering.  The importance of teaching “engineering” in primary and secondary education today has been clearly shown in the recent release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the U.S.  In the NGSS, they make a commitment to integrate engineering design into the structure of science education by raising “engineering design” to the same level as scientific inquiry.

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