• STEM is an acronym – Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics. What it can teach is far
greater than the sum of its parts. • All indicators show that American schools have lost
their lead in providing high quality science,
• STEM is a current movement in the United States to
mathematics and technology education.
address scientific and technological education
MEC 2010 – ASU – Tempe, AZ considered essential to our economic growth, national
• (2008 Report – 25th in math, 21st in science out of
security, and a productive future.
Dr. Helen Padgett – Arizona State University 30 industrialized nations)
• Our nation’s prosperity depends on how well we
educate our children in science, technology, • To excel in most contemporary endeavors, young
engineering, and mathematics for an innovative Americans will need at least a basic understanding
Dr. Alice Christie – Arizona State University
thinking future. of science, technology, engineering and
• STEM is directed towards satisfying the need for mathematics (STEM) concepts.
Lynn Castiglione - Deer Valley District
skilled, knowledgeable, and ethical citizens ready to
succeed in life.
• Colonial Era – Benjamin Franklin (1749). “Proposals
Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania.”
• Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1824). First University
• Provide a rigorous and diverse curriculum with an • Any learning environment can create STEM in the English speaking world to teach practical arts to
emphasis on science, technology, engineering and experiences. tenant children.
mathematics. • Land Grant Act (1862). Agricultural and Mechanical
• Critical thinking learned through STEM education Institutions were created.
• Create STEM learning experiences that start in early can be applied across all disciplines - from • Vocational Education Act (1917). Federal Government
grades and continue through higher education. humanities to everyday problem solving; and supported career and technical education.
higher-level math, science, and engineering. • National Science Foundation (started 1950). With
• Develop career awareness and a passion to excel. Sputnik came physics, chemistry, biology, and
• Draws students from all economic levels, diversity mathematics.
• Increase the number of graduates who have an levels, and various types of schools. • The overlooked STEM imperatives – Background and
interest and expertise in STEM subjects. history of the STEM movement by Salinger and Zuga.
• Developing the STEM Education Pipeline: ACT
• Innovate America, National Innovation Initiative
• Emphasize mathematics, physics, and engineering
Summit and Report: Council on Competitiveness
by building a LEGO robot and presenting designs.
• One Giant Step for STEM Education: NASA and the
• Focus on rocket design, physics, fluid dynamics, National Science Foundation form an agreement to
engineering, and aerodynamics. Students “Build a work together to expand STEM opportunities.
Rocket” unit. • The Looming Workforce Crisis: Preparing American
Workers for 21st Century Competition: National
• Projects about the evolution of new farming Association of Manufacturers
equipment, safer drinking water and food, electric
• The Science and Engineering Workforce: Realizing
vehicles, faster micro chips.
• National Science Board
• International Technology Education Association (ITEA), • improving K-12 math and science education;
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA),
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Arizona State University has invested • strengthening the skills and aptitude of
• National Governors Association (NGA) more than $100 million in research
teachers through more specialized training;
• Triangle Coalition university-wide and has funded more than
72 official STEM outreach programs that • and building a pipeline of students prepared to
• STEM Education Coalition
• National Science Digital Library (NSDL) extend to students in the K-12 system as enter the university and graduate with STEM
• National Science Foundation (NSF), National well as its own college students. degrees.
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
• International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
The future will demand people who can express
• America Competes Act • Number of graduates in STEM fields. themselves effectively with images, animation, sound, and
video; solve real world problems that require processing
• Higher Education Act • Number of people who choose a STEM career.
and analysis of thousands of numbers; evaluate
• National Assessment Governing Board – Probe on • Reduction of achievement gaps and enhanced information for accuracy, reliability, and validity; and
Technological Literacy student learning in higher-level thinking. organize information into valuable knowledge.Yet,
students are not learning these skills in school.
• Department of Education/National Science • Engaging formal and informal educational assets.
• Better curriculum, assessment, teacher quality,
• Triangle Coalition leadership, and community engagement.
The nature of mathematical and scientific thinking
“Education over the Internet is going to be so big it is
The importance of math, science and technology in • Talk to parents, administrators, and curriculum going to make email look like a rounding error.”
Strategies needed for rigorous inquiry and problem
solving • Provide examples and models of excellence. - John Chambers, Cisco CEO
Strategies for representing data visually • Articulate our role in STEM education.
Strategies for clearly communicating scientific/
mathematical discoveries • Contact legislators and corporate leaders -
Pedagogies for enhancing mathematical/scientific
thinking in elementary and secondary students
Adaptive Curriculum - Adaptive Curriculum
an online system has more than 230
designed to enhance Math and Science
teaching and learning in Activity Objects in its
math and science for expanding standards-
teachers and students in based lessons.
the middle grades