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Monday, July 16, 2012

RESEARCH AND TEAM WORK PAY OFF IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS!

Would you like to see your students exhibit excitement at the thought of entering careers which require high degrees of technical expertise in challenging content areas?  Of course the answer is yes:)  Common Core will touch on that natural curiosity kids exhibit in those early years and nurture it.  As the century progresses, scientists and mathematicians will be needed to continue to address the needs of both the planet and its inhabitants.

S.T.E.M. is an educational movement whose goal is to rekindle the excitement the U.S. had when President Kennedy inspired America to reach for the moon.  This program is showing up in all levels of education from elementary through high school.  Go into classes using strategies from S.T.E.M. and you will find young "scientists, engineers, mathematicians" using technology to create robots,  solve environmental problems, plan trips to other worlds, etc.  It is amazing to watch.  See the overall description of the program in this link:  S.T.E.M. -- REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS 

Now, see a middle school class turn into scientists and engineers working as teams chart ideas, identify problems, discuss solutions, plot progress, and revise plans taking a team approach (which is how such matters are handled in the real world of business).  Common core has identified this approach as a goal of these new national standards--to prepare students for the careers of the 21st century.  S.T.E.M. (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH)

Denise

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