First, buddy up! Find experts… Now that you gathered your resources (you can always add more later) and developed your major topics, you’ll want to figure out your organizational structure and how you will deliver the material to your students.
What is a STEM Education?
Just integrating the STEM subjects may seem daunting, but at least they’re congruent. It is not hard for our brains to make the leap between the knowledge needed to teach in these areas.
What is a STEAM Education?
But, what happens when you add in the A for art? You have STEAM, which gives STEM a whole new look and feel. Suddenly, a hands-on activity includes artistic ventures. This can allow students who don’t feel scientifically or mathematically inclined to feel more comfortable representing their knowledge.
What is a STREAM Education?
Add in the R for reading and now you have STREAM, a multidiscipline approach that starts to look like good, cross-curricular teaching. (note: I think of the R as R&D, Research and Development – the maker manufacturing model.)
Need expert implementers and a maintenance crew. Too much for individual teachers do effectively. I am looking to build those starting with the Houston Art Partners Conference. Need those partners to give funding that goes directly to the classroom teacher. Texas Instruments has given $6.2 million to support STEM education K-12. Most of the money $5.3 million will fund teacher recruitment, development and retention. Wish the money would go directly to help classroom teachers and not outside PD vendors.