Thesis

Nurturing third-grade students to become future STEM innovators

STEM education is a term that is being heard more and more in schools nowadays. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. Through STEM education students are able to see the purpose of learning certain skills in all the different disciplines. A connection can be made between what is learned in the classroom and relate it to the real world. It is important for teachers to bring STEM education in to their classrooms. Students need to be exposed to the opportunity to work in collaborative groups the way they would in the workforce. Students should also be exposed to different STEM careers so they can have knowledge of the types of jobs available to them depending on their educational path. The challenge lies in providing students with the learning opportunities to be involved in projects that would help them make those connections. This is where STEM education is introduced. STEM education provides a window for these opportunities, and more. Bringing the "E" in STEM in to the classroom can be a beneficial factor in promoting awareness to minority students about the different types of engineering careers. Through this project I want to provide teachers with the resources available to them to help them bring STEM education in to their classroom. Also, I seek to help educators get their classrooms transformed into a STEM classroom.

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