STEM is the acronym used to refer to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. A student's proficiency at STEM subjects gives the student confidence and greater problem solving skills. It is also a good predictor of post-high school success, employment security, and lifelong income.
Consider activities to support STEM subjects at your school.
Share with your students (all ages) at home and at school what the study of statistics is. These videos can help in a very entertaining way.
Organize an Engineering Fair at your school! An Engineering Fair gives 5th through 12th grade students an opportunity to use their math, science, technology, and group organization skills to creatively find solutions to real life problems. Guidelines for how to plan and prepare students for an Engineering Fair are available on this website.
- Early curiousity can give a student confidence in STEM subjects. Check out the science-related books for children here!
- I ran across a news piece that suggests a great way parents can jumpstart their children to enjoy and excell at mathematics. Add math puzzles to the bedtime ritual! Here is the link to the Bedtime Math website.
- Start a Math League to prepare secondary students to participate in national competitions. Find information about Academic Competitions, such as the AMC for mathematics, at the links below. If your school would like to participate for the first time, the registration fees are greatly discounted right now! The schedule of events may begin right away, such as:
2014 Fall Startup Event: Thursday, September 25th, 2014,
Or allow teams to train during the year preparing for competitive exams in November, December, or January, or, in the case of Middlementary Math Bonanza: Whenever you like in the given year!
Register for these contests at http://www.natassessment.com/
competitions, and http://www.mathcounts.org.
- Could your school use additional computers? Here is a way you can help provide them: The Federal Government requires that used, surplus equipment, that is useful for education, be made available to schools or non-profit educational entities. It is called the Computers For Learning program Ownership is transfered at no cost to the school but the school must pay for shipping and handling. Click here for details about how to apply to receive computers and other peripherals.
- Science Fairs
- Science Olympiad
- Has anyone tried Math League for elementary schools--perhaps in an After School program?
I welcome your contributions. Contact me with your suggestions. Also if you have tips for successful activities, I'd love to hear from you.