In addition to the grant funding Bishop Leibold’s STEM programming, and the many local science and technology firms sharing their professional resources in our classrooms, our school is pleased to be partnered with the Dayton Regional STEM Center and Engineering is Elementary. Both partners are integral to the implementation and success of our STEM programming.
STEM instruction is a dramatically new approach to teaching and learning characterized by challenging, problem-based learning experiences that tear down compartmentalized disciplines and curriculums, and engage students in scientific inquiry and the engineering design process. It is a learning environment rich in opportunities for discovery that not only build scientific and engineering expertise but also foster teamwork, communication skills, critical thinking and creativity.
To support this learning revolution, the Dayton Regional STEM Center (DRSC) coordinates an established network of regional institutions and professionals that provides rich opportunities for STEM education by training and supporting educators, designing curriculum aligned to the workforce needs, training school leaders at the district and building level, and supporting schools and program models committed to STEM teaching and learning.
The DRSC has created a STEM Fellows Model which has brought together 100 of the best and the brightest professionals in the region—a mix of preschool through high school teachers, higher education faculty and researchers, and practicing STEM industry professionals—to work in teams to align academic standards, curricula and assessments with the expectations of college and work in key regional economic clusters.
Teacher training in problem-based learning is critical to proper implementation of STEM Curriculum. The Dayton Regional STEM Center (DRSC) coordinates an established network of regional institutions and professionals that provides rich opportunities for STEM education by training and supporting educators. STEM Curriculum & Inquiry Training, and Engineering is Elementary Training for K-5 Teachers are examples of this valuable training.
These problem-based lessons focus on:
Power and Propulsion
Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Human Performance and Medicine
The Dayton Regional STEM Center also provide important teacher aids such as education quality rubrics, inquiry rubrics for fair and accurate assessment of student and teacher progress, and assistance with curriculum developed by the National Science Resources Center. The DRST also encourages the use of LabTV, which National Defense Education Program has developed.
The text above is from the DRSC’s website. To learn more about their important role and many services, please go to: http://www.daytonregionalstemcenter.org/
EiE: Engineering & Technology Lessons for Children!
Problem Solving, Inquiry, and InnovationSM
The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) project fosters engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE is creating a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. EiE lessons not only promote K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning, but also connect with literacy and social studies. Storybooks featuring children from a variety of cultures and backgrounds introduce students to an engineering problem. Students are then challenged to solve a problem similar to that faced by the storybook character. Through a hands-on engineering design challenge, students work in teams to apply their knowledge of science and mathematics; use their inquiry and problem-solving skills; and tap their creativity as they design, create, and improve possible solutions. In the end, students realize that everyone can engineer!
The above is a selection from EiE’s website. For more complete information go to: http://www.mos.org/eie/