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STEM Trends in 2015

Written by Bill Laurienti

Here’s an outstanding overview of best practices in STEM from MiddleWeb—yes, we do all of these.

Criteria for STEM Programs

  1. Focus on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math–preferably all four, though true integration of even two would be an acceptable step toward STEM.
  2. Focus on a real-world problem or engineering challenge.
  3. Use Inquiry-based, student-centered learning approaches.
  4. Engage students in using an engineering design process that leads to developing a product or process to solve the engineering challenge.
  5. Emphasize teamwork and communication.
  6. Build rich content knowledge of science and mathematics.
Bill Laurienti

Bill Laurienti is a Content Marketing Specialist at Creative Learning Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (English) from Colorado Mesa University and a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching from the University of California's Rossier School of Education. Bill came to CLS after 10 years in the secondary classroom. He believes SmartLabs are important tools for engaging unengaged students and helping them access careers they might not otherwise have imagined.

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