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Linda Keane AIA's picture
Linda Keane AIA Director, Prof Arch/EnvDes, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Science+technology+engineering+math get even more interesting when you add environmental agendas to things that people build and use creative tools of artists and designers.

Getting a school community to come together to pursue curricular change creates a mission. Raising test scores is no longer the main mission as we need to educate students to be adaptable, flexible creative learners. National Geographic offers free real world and relevant videos and quizzes. (
Google Sketch ( up is the easiest 3d modeling program out there; it is free and connects to Google Earth.
The National Building Museum( some great interactives about materials and forces, as does the Salvadori Center (
Wolphram Mathematic is also beginning to offer free modeling resources.\('s 130 science + technology + engineering + environment + art + math connects to all of these sites through journey topics and activities like senses, measure, structures, nature patterns, climate, green building, mass transit, street design,etc. Design materializes ideas and motivates individual interests through STEEAM activities.

Linda Keane AIA's picture
Linda Keane AIA Director, Prof Arch/EnvDes, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Getting a school to come together to create a transformational teaching and learning change is essential. CABE (UK) reports that 9/10 children remember more from what they learn outside of the classroom. Students need to know that what they are learning is real world and relevant. STEEAM teaching and learning (Science+technology+engineering+environmental+art+Math) transforms the classroom from teacher directed to interest motivated learning that champions ideas over answers. Some STEEAM resources that connect place based and real world learning are:
Salvadori Center
National Geographic
Google Sketchup (easiest digital modeling program ever and connected to Google Earth!)
Wolfram Mathematica
The transdisciplinary journeys of link to these sites and over 1000 more topically, supporting teachers with contemporary practices and online resources. Students and teachers can explore STEEAM TOOLS, LANGUAGES, SYSTEMS and DESIGN opportunities in the classroom, on the school campus, in their local communities. Project based learning, like the arts, raises focus, addresses challenges, learns from failure(!) as well as successes.

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Rita Oates, PhD
Global PBL, student engagement in STEM, language practice

In middle school, both of my children were involved in MathCounts, which is usually run by the state engineering society. Much like a spelling bee, they have local, regional, state and national contests. Check out their terrific website: MathCounts

I also highly recommend the free projects available from ePals in science: water, habitat, climate change, natural disaster, weather. See ePals Projects:
The idea is that two or more classrooms collaborate through a set of email exchanges (typically five) and share information and build a class project. Where does your water come from? How does it get to your home or school? The answer from Kenya may be quite different than the answer in Kentucky or South Korea. These projects are free. In addition, some powerful, safe communication tools (SchoolMail and Forums) are free, so students can post questions on the Student Forum and get additional answers from other places as well. Teachers can search the database of 600,000 profiles to find other classrooms to collaborate with, and automatic language translation eases the communication challenge for 35 languages. Forum comments are moderated (by teachers employed by ePals) to maintain civil discourse.

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George Stern
Intern at Edutopia, college student, aspiring Educator.

Hey all,

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Sandra Dounce's picture

I have integrated database skills for the past 21 years. Searching databases, analyzing results, and writing conclusions are skills need in STEM professions. I began with 3rd & 4th graders. Fro 10 years I worked as a technology integration specialist in a middle school. With the assistance of teachers, I integraded database skills into reading, geography, history, language arts, foreign languages, and science classes. To some people database is a scary word. I have made it easy to use Microsoft Access (or Excel) as a data analysis too. My recent book, Database Magic (ISTE, 2008) has 16 ready-to-use, curriculum related databases. The book includes instructions for using a Microsoft Access database, building a simple database, and using the filter functions in Excel. Reproducible worksheets and additional questions are also included. See for more information on Database Magic

Lisa Tighe's picture

HELP!!! I am a secondary teacher that must supply 100% of my equipment and supplies, including basic safety equipment, out of my own pocket. I am desperately looking for grant opportunities to bring funds into my program to better develop and support STEM education.

Sandra Dounce's picture

Lisa Tighe - I don't know where you are located, but in Montgomery County, PA a local college (Ursinus College) has a program called Science in Motion. They come to your school with computers/microsopes, etc. and offer free programs (PA funding, I think) and offer various science programs. Check out their web site
I would also look into programs at various scientific companies for grants or other programs.

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