BUILDING A STEM CULTURE: A Roadmap for Success

Course No. ED478h, ED578h

In an ever-evolving world, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education is vital in preparing students for the future. This course is tailored for all educators, but especially those new to the world of STEM who may feel overwhelmed at the idea of one more thing! The good news is that you can incorporate authentic STEM learning into what you are already doing in your work with students. The author of the course text, Daily Stem: How to Create a STEM Culture in Your Classrooms & Communities, has developed effective and practical resources, including a podcast, a website, and a book to empower fellow educators for STEM teaching and authentic STEM learning for students. By the course's end, you will know how to encourage a STEM culture in your classroom by having the knowledge and practical skills needed to build your confidence and a roadmap forward so you can inspire and equip the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers. 

This STEM course satisfies the OSPI requirement for recertification in Washington. It is appropriate for Pre-K through grade 12 teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents. You can customize your assignments to fit your circumstances. 

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • An understanding of the importance of STEM for students and developing a STEM culture in schools.
  • Identified and described the four (4) steps for how to start building a STEM culture in the classroom/school. 
  • An understanding of the role of “making” as the action step of STEM and how to provide maker opportunities for students.
  • An understanding of how literacy and other subjects can be intertwined in a STEM initiative for building STEM mindsets and skills.
  • Discussed the value of expanding the understanding of what makes a job STEM and learn strategies for sparking interest in students for STEM careers.
  • Identified and described the four (4) basic steps for building a STEM culture with students that includes quality and consistent parent engagement.

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