STEM?...Huh?

We will focus on more exposure to STEM experiences: how the disciplines relate and how it connects to student learning and their lives.

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After surveying some of our students, we realized most did not even know what STEM was.  We need to engage them rich experiences in STEM learning in and out of the classroom to explore disciplines and introduce opportunities and careers in STEM they had never imagined before.

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Hi Joanne! Love that you guys are working as a team to broaden the horizons of your students and raise the bar for their expectations for their future!

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Hi Joanne, great insight! Honestly, I am kind of shocked student perspective on STEM hasn't really come up yet.  I see you already are rockin a team, that is awesome! Are you all working together from the same school/district? There are a few other posts that jump out to me right away that are connected to your idea. You might want to check them out and think about create an even larger team to work with.  Explore the questions real STEM professionals are asking STEMbook: Connecting Classrooms to STEM professionals Use of community mentors and STEM Podcasts 

Sorry for so many, but it might spark a new idea or a new friend to prototype your idea with!  

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Hi, Michael!  Thank you for the great resources!  Yes, we are a team of seven from our school.  We are a group of two classroom teachers and five specialists for our campus.  We really want a interdisciplinary approach and to really make sure we don't lose sight of our students' perspectives.  That is why we interviewed them and were shocked that most did not even know what STEM referred to aside from a plant's anatomy.  We need to remember to not rely on assumptions of what we think they know and want to know.  For our campus, in particular, we need exposure to rich STEM experiences and we are working together to give them as many opportunities to do so.  Thank you again for your recommendations!  Will definitely share with our team!

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AWESOME!  Thanks for your response.  Funny how the students only point of reference was plant anatomy!  Would you be interested in working together for this challenge? If you are interested, I could help your team frame out what this idea might look like in practice.  If you are interested, let me know and we can get a google doc started to start collaborating!