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There’s Something Missing From STEM Learning

Education Week – Susan Riley

“The education field can always count on shifting priorities. Over the past 20 years, in an attempt to “fix” what many people dub a broken public school system, everyone from politicians to famous athletes to business moguls to education leaders has tried to find and repair the gaps in student achievement. But many educators are skeptical of new initiatives that come down the pike. Is a revamped approach really meant to help prepare children for the future, or is it just people outside of education sticking their noses where they don’t belong?.”(more)

STEM Education Gets a Presidential Push with Trump Approving a $200 Million Education Initiative

Education World – Joel Stice

“STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education is getting a major boost from the Trump administration with the president announcing a pledge to invest $200 million annually into various K-12 programs. The president’s daughter and senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump has been a proponent for increasing STEM programs and headed to Detroit earlier this week to join various tech executives from Facebook, Google, and Amazon in launching the initiative.”(more)

3 winning characteristics of a school STEAM program

E-School News – Chris Fornaro

“I started my career at The Shipley School, an independent K-12 school located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, at an innovative and exciting juncture. In 2014, Shipley was starting an engineering course from scratch, and having spent several years in the industry as an engineer and several more as a math and science teacher in Philadelphia-area schools, I jumped at the opportunity to pioneer a new program as an Upper School (grades 9-12) teacher.”(more)

Putting the “A” in STEAM education this school year

E-School News – Ricky Ye

“As more students head back to school, we will continue to hear about how educators can successfully incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education into curriculums from as early as Kindergarten. Whether it’s providing students with hands-on robotics tools where they can learn to code, program and design on their own, or using more in-class devices like Google Chromebooks that familiarize students with technology and problem-solving skills, there are many ways to integrate STEM into the classroom.”(more)

STEAM teacher: These are “My Tech Essentials”

E-School News – Elizabeth Olerich

I am a third grade teacher in an urban school district in Kansas City, Missouri. I teach in a 1:1 environment that focuses on STEAM education and Project Based Learning. Currently, the building I teach in is transitioning to a trans-disciplinary approach to instruction that will utilize a variety of technologies to enhance teaching and learning across the grade levels. Technology is integrated throughout my day and curriculum, and here is my list of five Tech Essentials.”(more)

The History of STEM vs. STEAM Education (and the Rise of STREAM)

Ed Tech Magazine – Amy Pietrowski

“As a technology educator with a K–8 undergraduate degree, creation with technology has always been at the heart of my assignments. Students in my technology classes have often infused what they have learned in class into the projects I assigned. I haven’t always taught technology though. While teaching middle school language arts, I was asked to add math into lessons. For my students, process writing was a great way to reinforce what they were learning in pre-algebra, and reading mathematical fiction such as Chasing Vermeer allowed students to see how math mysteries could be solved. But how does one combine several subjects, such as in STEM, STEAM, and STREAM? Let’s first examine the difference in these acronyms.”(more)