STEM & STEAM
Instructor: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach & Christen Dodd
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Monday, September 29, 2014
Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $125 + Partner Course Fee: $249
Innovative thinkers and powerful problem-solvers are the linchpin of the 21st century workforce. To prepare students to be self-directed and engaged contributors to the workforce, more and more educators are introducing students to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). How educators go about developing students who can master content and solve challenges is critical. Without significant changes in our ability to promote creativity, exploration, and problem solving in a dynamic learning environment we will be unable to produce the workforce needed to drive economic growth this century. The time is right for STE(A)M. Many public/private grants are becoming available. Districts, schools, and educators are eager to learn how to implement and be successful with this new emphasis. We have designed this course to help you meet that challenge by providing you with opportunities to accomplish these objectives:
- Build an understanding of STE(A)M with a focus on implications for teaching and learning.
- Analyze characteristics of STE(A)M lessons, and the processes used with STE(A)M classes.
- Create a STEM or a STEAM lesson or sequence of instruction (a "unit" of coordinated lessons).
- Determine professional learning and support structures needed for implementing and sustaining STE(A)M.
- Compile a tool kit of STE(A)M resources and ideas for use in your STE(A)M position.
- Use a variety of technologies to boost teacher and student learning
Pre-registration with Powerful Learning Practice is required -- http://shop.plpnetwork.com/stem-steam/