If you are teaching in a STEM based subject area or interested in STEM integration, you need to visit and watch some sessions from the Global STEMx Education Conference.
I started by watching the "Innovation and Education: Why and how they belong together" presentation by William J. Ashby, PhD. The presentation was recorded and you can view it by clicking on the hyperlink above, or by looking at the "Resources Section" at the end of my post. After viewing the presentation, which I will review below, I've been hooked. There are literally dozens of different sessions covering STEM based theory, to project based learning, digital resources for the classroom, and even gaming as an educational medium. I thought I knew a lot about STEM and everything going on within this educational movement, and I have quickly learned that I actually knew very little. There are so many new project concepts, educational innovations, and technology out there that I had no idea existed, such as IfIhadahammer.com.
"Innovation and Education: Why and how they belong together," by William J. Ashby, PhD brought up several questions that I've been hearing a lot lately in my school district, as well as my graduate studies:
- "What is an 'A' in Education mean?"
- "How do we help people (students) create value?"
- "What are the real problems in STEM education?"
- "How do we help those students who don't play school well?"
Many of us were and are great at playing school. However, there is a significant population of students out there, of all ages, who don't do well in a traditional classroom setting. For example, Perry Wilson was not interested in math at school, but he loved carpentry and that's where the math concepts came to life for him. So much so that he decided to start the IfIhadahammer.com website and start bringing math and science concepts to schools in a different way. Students build small structures using hands-on skills to apply mathematical concepts, such as the Pythagorean Theorem.
What are the real problems in STEM Education?
- The connections between the subjects. Can existing schools create a streamlined learning environment where the subjects within STEM come together?
- Making the information relevant
- Willingness to take risks
- The ability to fail
Feel free to make your own comments on any of the questions above, and I highly suggest that you take a look at the STEM Global Conference and learn about all of the resources and movements out there!
STEM Global Conference: http://stemxcon.com/page/2013-recordings
Innovation and Education: Why and how they belong together: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/recording/playback/link/table/dropin?sid=2008350&suid=D.C3E31F78997F13F3A95E213C729BA7