STEM: Learning by doing

Learning by doing: STEM skills-building through experiences in STEM-related fields.

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Most of the students we surveyed didn't have a clear idea about what the STEM fields are or the opportunities available in those fields. I'd like to think of it as STEAM because the arts are a playful expression of knowledge in those fields. Next step: access in order to support our students with building experiences in the STEM fields. What does 'access' look like for them, for us as their support squad? Where do we start?

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Wow Eugenia! Great insight-How might we connect students to real-world STEAM? Are you thinking about connecting students with STEAM professionals? Do you have any moon shot ideas on if all the resources were available to you how would you make this happen?


Totally 'moon shot' ideas...
1. D&D for Social Studies: tabletop gaming is 'unplugged,' but just as fun and challenging as online.
2. Internet services are in the process of becoming more accessible (less cost) to the families in our school community, yes...and, what about devices to use at home? How about homemade computers and self-sustaining by knowing how to repair them?
 3. How about using a 3-D printer to 'translate' Eric Carl's books, or any other favorite author's books to Braille?
Still love the idea of our Mars Rover protoype though...
Decisions, decisions!

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Moon Shot Ideas are the BEST ideas! WAY TO GO! Wow I love all these ideas: knowing how to help yourself outside of the classroom with technology is an intriguing idea + I would think much needed for our students. I wonder what they struggle with at home when they have issues with technology? Learning the basics of how to support yourself with technology is so important! Wow the braille idea: SO cool too!

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Great idea and I can speak from the perspective of a potential partner...we are always looking for schools, educators, students that want experiential experiences.   A clear vision is key though.  As Erin commented...what is your team thinking about in terms of next steps?  And what are the outcomes or success criteria you are looking for?

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Great idea, Eugenia! We don't know where we want to be in life sometimes until we see what's possible. I love the idea of exposing students to a career that may become their passion early in life. How powerful would it be if scientists and engineers shared what sparked their enthusiasm for their field? Whether it was star gazing as a child or caring for farm animals, I always find those stories inspiring. 

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Great questions! I think (from the mission you chose), you teach young children? Connecting little ones with the world of work in an authentic way is one way they might make this connection. I worked with a school last year that did just this ( - they took their youngest students to a scrap metal yard to see the life cycle of objects, which launched into a metal recycling campaign where the students were truly making an positive impact in the world.

What is your team thinking about in terms of next steps?