STEM Adventures

Last summer, I attended a three day in-service on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) & Common Core.  Most of my first day was spent in meetings talking about Common Core and how it related to language arts and math.  Even though the first day was informative, I really wanted to learn about science related activities.  Fortunately, I spent the last two days of the in-service learning STEM and the standards of practice related to teaching science.

Our presenter started off the workshop by showing video clips of STEM in the work place and in the classroom.  She really drove home the importance of students being exposed to STEM activities in order to encourage them to think outside of the box and promote problem solving skills.  After watching the videos and hearing explanations and testimonies espousing the the wonders of STEM teaching, we spent the rest of our time engaging in STEM activities that could be used in the middle school classroom.  Each activity had an everyday problem to solve.  Some required drawing, while others required designing and building a structure to be tested.

While I found all of the activities to be engaging and interesting, I wondered if my own students would feel the same way.  For the upcoming school year (2012-2013), I had planned to integrate these activities along with others into my routine during the year and observe student reactions to the activities in comparison to traditional labs done in science class.

In future posts, I will talk about my observations, successes & failures using STEM activities in a middle school science classroom.

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