STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) has become more prominent as an effective approach to interdisciplinary learning. However, implementation is not as simple as following a new curriculum or purchasing materials. During the edWebinar “STEAM: Innovations That Solve Real World Problems,” Cheri Sterman, Director of Education, Crayola; Lucie Howell, Director of Learning and Engagement, The Henry Ford; and James Wells, Innovative Teaching & Learning Manager, Crayola, explained the movement’s genesis and offered strategies for a successful transition.
This year during the annual Computer Science Education Week, educators and students around the world participated in the Hour of Code, an event designed to demystify and engage educators and students in coding. What are some ways to get started with coding, for an Hour of Code or afterwards? Kelly Knight, STEAM Coordinator at Riverside Presbyterian Day School, Jacksonville, FL, presented ideas and tips in “Get Ready for Hour of Code.”
While coding is an essential 21st century language, coding alone won’t be enough to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s careers. What students are able to DO with coding is what matters. Jon Samuelson, Innovation Strategist at Beaverton School District in Beaverton, OR, presented tips and tricks for student involvement in the recent edWebinar, “Coding + STEAM: Getting Students Future Ready.”
edWeb.net and littleBits Education are partnering to host STEM Learning: Full STEAM Ahead, a free, professional learning community on edWeb that will support educators working with students in grades 2-8. Through this free online community and edWebinars, littleBits Education will help educators empower children to unlock their creative and technical confidence through invention, and to be creators of technology, not just consumers of it.
Looking for a way to integrate STEM into your daily activities? Step into a fully functioning early childhood science laboratory. Attendees learned how to intrigue and motivate their PreK to second grade students to be super scientists.
The shortage of professionals with advanced skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a real challenge for companies and the US economy. It presents a tremendous opportunity for today’s students who have a passion for STEM—the most in-demand, rewarding college degrees and jobs are in the STEM fields.
In this webinar Amy D’Amico, Director of Professional Services for the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), discussed the professional development opportunities that the SSEC provides for teachers, curriculum directors, administrators and anyone interested in STEM education.
Science is a subject that should be experienced, but you don’t need a fancy white coat, expensive equipment, or a lab with bubbling beakers for this to happen. Two influential educators from the Florida Virtual School discussed how they are tackling early elementary science, while making it engaging, fun and meaningful!
New Jersey Library Media Specialist Laura Fleming introduced the Maker Movement and provided tips on how you can create a makerspace in your own school. An overview of makerspaces and how they foster experimentation, invention, creation, exploration, and STEM/STEAM-related concepts were examined.
In this webinar Susan Wells shared foundations of STEM and STEAM and discussed why coding, robotics and making are at the core of innovative learning environments. Susan provided tips on finding funding to support your STEM programs. She also described her ground-breaking program Camp TechTerra.