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STEM PILOT PROGRAM

Co-written by Josh Strickland and Lynn Salo

WHY STEM- AND WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

STEM BASICS

STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations. [1]

STEM INSTRUCTION

A lesson or unit in a STEM class is typically based around finding a solution to a real-world problem and tends to emphasize project-based learning. [1]

SCIENCE

TECHNOLOGY

ENGINEERING

MATH

NOT JUST AN ACRONYM

Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math are the vital elements of STEM education and all teaching and learning in STEM ought to be focused on growing students in those areas. The next important factor in STEM education is the interrelationship of these elements with each other and with other core subjects like reading, writing and social studies. While each subject of STEM is special in its own right, these subjects should not be taught in silos. As the National Institute for STEM Education puts it,

“STEM education seeks to take advantage of the similarities and interplay of skills and knowledge among these fields to weave together a rich and meaningful learning environment… STEM teaching is dedicated to engaging students in ways that other areas cannot, in order to develop unique cognitive skills, habits of mind, and attitudes that will benefit learners throughout their lives.” –¬†Vince Bertram [2]

STEM is more than an acronym and if you’re wondering-¬†well what about STEAM, STREAM, or STEMM? “If that is the debate, we are clearly missing the point. “ [3]

Definition

“Whether it is researchers, science and mathematics teachers, the aerospace industry, or the construction industry, they all have one thing in common: It is about moving forward, solving problems, learning, and pushing innovation to the next level.” –Jonathan Gerlach, on his blog post, “STEM: Defying a Simple Definition

STEM in AISD

“Whether it is researchers, science and mathematics teachers, the aerospace industry, or the construction industry, they all have one thing in common: It is about moving forward, solving problems, learning, and pushing innovation to the next level.” –Jonathan Gerlach, on his blog post, “STEM: Defying a Simple Definition

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IF YOU TEACH IN ANNA ISD...

On behalf of the AnnaISD iTeam, we want to thank you for launching the movement to give every student the chance to explore foundational computer science skills. We also want to do what we can to support you as you explore these topics on this special week, and beyond into other units throughout the school year.

If you need any help at all, please let one of us know. I can be reached here.

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We are striving for all students to participate in the Hour of Code and to begin their journey into understanding how computer programming helps our world to function.

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WE ARE MISSION FOCUSED

Invest in academic excellence

Computer science is everywhere in our lives and the problem solving skills it requires is a great help to other academic areas too.

Inspire students

Just one hour of code can be enough to spark creativity and imagination in students all around to pursue this as a passion.

Instill Values

Promoting computer science is yet another way we level the playing field and maintain growth mindset as we add value to our community.

Who We Are

That is the mission of Anna ISD, and as part of our mission we will continue to seek next level ideas to change the way education is done in powerful positive ways. #ProudToBeAnnaISD

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