STEM education provides many opportunities and challenges. How can our practice evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century learners?

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Eric Brunsell Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

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Environmental Educator

Curriculum in renewable energy - STEM aligned

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The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) K-12 Education Department offers professional development opportunities, curriculum, and resources for teachers and non-formal educators on energy efficiency, energy conservation, and on forms and applications of renewable energy. Visit us at http://www.nesea.org/k-12/ Check out our upcoming workshops on our calendar page - we offer workshops throughout our 10-state northeast district. For you middle-school teachers Wwatch the 2009 Junior Solar Sprint Northeast Championship on our JSS page. For K-12 check out our Clean Energy for a Clean Environment (CECE) patch program. Become a part of what you want to see in the world! Visit NESEA today!

Georgia High School Engineering & Technology teacher

STEM ?

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As a High School Engineering & Technology instructor, I am somewhat disappointed in the way most educators look at STEM. Everyone talks about the Science & Math, both of which are crucial, but the Engineering & Technology sector gets left out in the cold. When you talk to most educators, esp. administrators, they look at Technology as whiteboards, computers, etc. Technology is simply anything Man has created to make his life better & easier.Even a cheap pair of reading glasses is a form of Technology.Engineering is the creative spark that allows humans to change their surroundings to better suit them.Let's not forget that without the T&E, there would be no STEM.

Hands On

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In watching the profile videos on Edutopia I just have to wonder if they do not spend too much on computers and not enough time physically creating something.

As a Science Specialist for

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As a Science Specialist for k-5th graders,I am always looking for new strategies that will engage all of my students. It seems like this is a community of interesting professionals and I look forward to communicating and sharing with this group.

Managing Director of educational games and teaching resources supplier

Renewable energy science

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Biggest breakthrough seen in the UK was the appearance of working models in renewable energy. Fuel cell modelFuel cells have great STEM cross curricular application and are fun for children to work with whist getting to grips with savings the planet!

Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

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Don-
I agree completely. I strongly believe that our secondary science courses should have a strong focus on science applications -- engineering, technology, medicine, environmental, etc.

Eric

[quote]As a High School Engineering & Technology instructor, I am somewhat disappointed in the way most educators look at STEM. Everyone talks about the Science & Math, both of which are crucial, but the Engineering & Technology sector gets left out in the cold. When you talk to most educators, esp. administrators, they look at Technology as whiteboards, computers, etc. Technology is simply anything Man has created to make his life better & easier.Even a cheap pair of reading glasses is a form of Technology.Engineering is the creative spark that allows humans to change their surroundings to better suit them.Let's not forget that without the T&E, there would be no STEM.[/quote]

STEM Education Consultant

Hello Everyone: I'm a

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Hello Everyone:

I'm a newcomer to this group. We've developed a free website called STEMresources.com, which while based on the Tennessee Standards, has an extensive array of materials for anyone interested in STEM Education. I'd love to have your feedback as we move forward with development.

Director of Oakley STEM Center, Assoc Professor of Mech Engr, Tenn Tech

some picks from an engineer educator

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Check out these wonderful videos (~ 5 min) about motion and more
The Science of Winter Olympics http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/olympics/

Teach Engineering has searchable lesson and activities, with links to standards
http://www.teachengineering.org/

NASA - need I say more? A bonanza :) try the "Find Materials" link and see your options be refined as you add more descriptors
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

Director of Oakley STEM Center, Assoc Professor of Mech Engr, Tenn Tech

a few more picks

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The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is looking for feedback in their new K-12 beta version
http://nsdl.org/resources_for/k12_teachers/

A great resource for young women and men to explore engineering
http://www.engineeryourlife.org/

What are the grand challenges for engineering? one way to open dialog with students...
http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/

Teaching with online math games

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My students are totally engaged when I include online math games within a lesson or as homework. The repetition and association that games=fun really helps them capture the subjects. My class really enjoys MangaHigh.com, a new site with Algebra, Geometry, Quizzes, etc.

Has anyone else had success with online math games? Edutopia

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