Developing P-16 STEM Partnerships


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Developing P-16 STEM Partnerships

  1. 1. Developing P-16 STEM Partnerships<br />Dr. Michael Uden<br />Dean, School of Education<br />Concordia University Wisconsin<br />
  2. 2. A bit about me….<br /><ul><li>I am NOT a scientist, nor do I play one on T.V.
  3. 3. I do NOT teach any curriculum and methods courses in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  4. 4. I AM a student of instructional design and child-centered education
  5. 5. I AM a dean who wants his graduates to be highly qualified AND employed
  6. 6. I AM a father of four who believes very strongly in the integration of curriculum and the power it holds for my children’s education.</li></li></ul><li>STEM has become a common acronym, particularly among policy advocates and government officials, for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The term is commonly used in relation to the nation's economic competitiveness and the related need for education programs in support of future generations.<br />What is STEM?<br />A flower without a stem, is beauty waiting to die. A heart without love, is a tear waiting to cry.-- OctavioPaz<br />Variation:<br />A curriculum without STEM is in a heap of trouble.<br />
  7. 7. Rising Above the Gathering Storm (2005)<br />Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category Five (2010) <br />1746 – The birth of Pestalozzi<br />Swiss educator who advocated for investigation, experimentation, and hands-on learning in science<br />1862 – The Morrill Act<br />Supported vocational education, but also INTEGRATED academic areas<br />1957 – SPUTNIK<br />1973 – USMES (Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools)<br />Designed to integrate subjects through real, practical, local projects<br />What is the history of STEM?<br />
  8. 8. Standards-based<br />Inquiry-based<br />Scaffolded range of activities, from structured and guided to open inquiry<br />Problem-based learning<br />Performance-based teaching and learning<br />Utilizes UbD (Understanding by Design)<br />Identify Desired Results, Consider Assessment Evidence, Formulate Learning Plan<br />What do we know about good STEM curriculum?<br />
  9. 9. Guarantees the 5E’s<br />Engagement<br />Exploration<br />Explanation<br />Elaboration<br />Evaluation<br />Infuses integration of technology—as content, as a means of delivery, and as a means of extension for students <br />STEM, not ST…..but possibly STEAM<br />What ELS E do we know?<br />
  10. 10. We recognized the need for reform in Lutheran schools, the largest protestant P-12 school system in the world.<br />We facilitated conversations among exceptional S, T, E, M teachers<br />If you could teach STEM any way you wanted, how would you do it?<br />We wrote a few grants<br />$25,000 in seed money over two years<br />$85,000 for precollege programming for underserved middle school students<br />$20,000 to extend the programming to other areas<br />What did we do?<br />
  11. 11. We piloted the STEM Camp<br />Summer, 2009<br />Water Park Science<br />CSI: Apprentice and Lead Investigator (Grades 3-8)<br />Summer, 2010<br />CSI<br />Freaky Formulas<br />Product Testing: Unwrapped<br />Summer, 2011<br />CSI: The Environment<br />Crazy Concoctions<br />Marvelous Machine: The Owner’s Manual<br />What ELSE did we do?<br />
  12. 12. Word of mouth expansion<br />2009 Milwaukee<br />2010 Milwaukee, Chicago<br />2011 Milwaukee, Chicago, Ft. Wayne, Tainan<br />Showcase for teachers’ creativity and collaboration<br />Opportunity for education students (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate) to learn from the masters in the field<br />Direct service to over 200 elementary and middle-school students, 70% of whom are currently underrepresented in higher education<br />What benefits has STEM provided?<br />
  13. 13. Academic<br /> History of STEM in the U.S. (2010). Retrieved 12/22/2010 from Education- in-the-U-S-.<br /> Lantz, H. B., Jr. (2009). Science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education: what form? what function? Retrieved 10/15/2010 from ticle.pd f<br />National Academy of Science. (2005). Rising above the gathering storm: Energizing andemploying America for a brighter economic future committee on science,<br /> engineering, and public policy. Retrieved 6/28/2008 from<br /><br />National Academy Foundation. (2010) Rising above the gathering storm, revisited: rapidly approaching category give. Retrieved 12/22/2010 from revisited.PDF. <br /> <br />Resources<br />
  14. 14. National Science Board (2006). America's Pressing Challenge: Building a Stronger<br /> Foundation. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation.<br />Patton, C. & Roschelle, J. (2008). Why the best math curriculum won’t be a textbook. Educational Week, May 7, 2008. Available at: 7.html<br />STEM 101. (2010). Retrieved 11/0/2010 from <br />Resources, continued…<br />
  15. 15. Financial<br />Gifted and Talented Students purpose is to serve students (particularly the economically disadvantaged, disabled, or limited English proficient) who have been underrepresented in gifted and talented programs.<br />National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific programs in the United States and advances grants for science, math, and engineering research in education.<br />Bechtel Foundation fund espouses the belief that a nation's strength is in the fields of science and engineering.<br />Resources<br />
  16. 16. Financial<br />Motorola Foundation will focus on initiatives that creatively generate a love of science early in life and show the new generation of inventors that careers involving science and math are important, challenging, and possible. Particularly interested in getting girls involved in the study of science.<br />Toshiba Large Grants grants deal with math and science and appear to be oriented toward some environmental experimentation.<br />Resources<br />
  17. 17. Toyota TAPESTRY Toyota TAPESTRY Grant program has an offer for K-12 science teachers. Twenty mini-grants of $10,000 each are available.<br />Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists - dedicated to encouraging and assisting African-American and underrepresented youth to pursue career choices in the engineering and applied science professions.<br />Museum of Science - dedicated to offering a wide range of resources to help educators gain the most from our knowledge.<br />National Academy Foundation - is committed to raising the standard of achievement of underperforming students and bolstering America’s innovative capacity through establishing of Academies of Engineering <br />Resources<br />
  18. 18. Personal<br />Dr. Michael Uden<br />262.243.2612<br /><br /> <br />Resources<br />