The STEM Connection provides professional development to empower educators by sharing STEM content knowledge, developing STEM practices, and building confidence to provide more meaningful STEM experiences for youth. We know science, technology, engineering, and math have an ever-increasing role in our world, and STEM experiences provide an opportunity to engage students early in their academic journeys in order to increase interest in and build positive attitudes toward STEM disciplines.
Current offerings include:
- STEM Throughout the School Day – Implementing STEM challenges into the curriculum is an excellent way to practice STEM skills, connect state standards and subjects, work on team building, and excite students about careers of the future. Learn how to introduce the engineering design process across the curriculum, experience a wide variety of challenges, discover how to easily facilitate them, and take away challenges you can implement tomorrow.
- STEM and PBL Connect for Success – Learn more about STEM, the Engineering Design Process, and Project-Based Learning through hands-on experience with sample lessons. Gain better understanding of the basics of Project-Based Learning, while making connections between STEM and the engineering design process. Brainstorming and planning time can also be provided to help start the process and get things going.
- Developing STEM School Identity – Reflect on STEM experiences and attitudes, review factors that contribute to STEM success, identify components of successful STEM schools, brainstorm ways your school currently demonstrates STEM success, consider new strategies and opportunities you would like to add to promote STEM success, and what barriers need to be worked through or overcome to attain greater STEM School Identity and possibly a STEM School Certification.
Onsite professional development sessions can run as half-day or full-day workshops.