STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. While originally designed to encourage more students to pursue careers in these specific areas, STEM education has evolved into a unique approach to teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students. STEM education strives to produce the kind of thinkers, innovators and problem solvers to be successful in a competitive global society.
1. We embrace a culture of discovery, design and communication.
We are naturally curious and
try to make sense of the world through our own experiences. We embrace inquiry and question the world
around us; We use a design process in
all phases of our work as a structure for discovery and problem solving.
Students are encouraged to be designers of their own learning.
2. We address real-world issues through project-based trans-disciplinary approaches.
We are committed to a learner-centered approach
that places relevant issues and real-world problems at the center of
instructional design. Student learning is contextualized and characterized by
making and doing, not consuming. Both
the learning process and learning outcomes are important, and students document
their journey along the way. As a culminating step, students share their
learning through presentations and evidence-based discussions.
3. We work and learn together to foster a
Teachers and students learn by doing, sharing
and connecting to others. Learning is not defined by the walls of the buildings
or the neighborhoods where we live; the world is our classroom. We collaborate with stakeholders from every
walk of life and all school partners are engaged in an array of opportunities
in leadership, internships/fellowships, mentorships, and service learning
roles. We are an integrated community of practice.
Curriculum & Instruction Manager, K-12 STEM Education
Curriculum & Instruction Flexible Content Expert, K-8 STEM