I know STEM is happening in my classroom when...

Students are collaborating, designing, making, and experimenting.

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#MindblowingSTEM happens when ppl are collaborating, designing, making, and experimenting. Make it happen anywhere; in any content.

— Matt Drewette-Card (@DrewetteCard) September 18, 2016

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What sparks creativity?  What sparks inspiration?  What sparks innovation?  

Where the answers may be unique given the individual, there are always common threads.  Those threads include collaborating, discovering, empathizing, experimenting, ideating, prototyping, and producing.  Creating opportunities for learners (adults AND kids) to explore a deep, probing question that doesn't have a clear end and that has many lenses to see various perspective is the secret to the age old question, "how do I motivate my students?"  STEM is not about content as much as it is about concept.  STEM is a state of mind; an approach; an application of the content versus just the content itself.  STEM can happen in a science or math class, sure.  But STEM can also happen in theatre.  Or dance.  Or literature.  Or economics.  Or metallurgy.  STEM is a process of solving deep and difficult questions and problems, and just because it has the words "Science" and "Mathematics" in it, don't keep it out of the Arts and Humanities.  Just because it has the words "Technology" and "Engineering," don't say that designing costumes, the culinary arts, or sketching isn't STEM-related.  STEM is a state of mind.  STEM is about application.  #MindblowingSTEM happens when people are collaborating, designing, making and experimenting.  It can happen anywhere; in any content.  

It's up to us to make it happen.

#MakeitHappen

Check these Periscope videos out from some work I did with some students on sparking creativity:

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1yoJMrzmMOlxQ

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1OyKAveklnrGb

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I would love to hear your reflections on insights you could glean from those Periscope videos!

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