Integrating STEM into Every K-8 Classroom

Edvation Debuts Integrated STEM Solution for Elementary Students

A successful STEM education provides students with science, technology, engineering, and math competencies and the strategies to enable the next generation of innovators. However, continued successful innovation and scientific literacy depends on equipping our future generations not only with a solid knowledge base in the core STEM areas but also the complex cognitive, social and communications skills (often referred to as 21st Century skills) needed to understand, innovate and determine solutions.

Many educators will agree that STEM education needs to begin early. Young children are natural scientists, engineers, and problem-solvers. Yet, research documents that by the time students reach fourth grade, a third of the children have lost an interest in science and math. By eighth grade, almost 50 percent of students have lost interest or deemed it irrelevant to their future. Unfortunately for these children, studies show that by 2018 over 8 million jobs in the U.S. economy will require a college degree in a high-level STEM occupation.

However, research indicates that if teachers are able to cultivate students’ engagement and skills from the earliest grades in science, math and technology they will remain interested in these subjects throughout their later school years. TechSteps library of K- 8 classroom-ready technology integration projects has been carefully designed to provide exactly that! 

Promoting STEM proficiencies with hands-on, project, and designed-based learning tasks, each ready-to-go project teaches students how to use technology to solve rigorous “real-world” science, engineering and math challenges. Engaged with over 100 authentic open-ended challenges, students are motivated to investigate, problem-solve, design, model and test their own solutions while building essential foundational content and 21st Century skills.

“We are excited to adopt these STEM solutions in our classrooms with teachers and students,” said Jana Palmer, Williamsport (MD) Elementary School principal. “We are continually looking for ways to enhance the STEM focus in our curriculum, while supporting teachers with advanced models of instruction to help them deliver these challenging subjects.”

Easily integrated across all curricular strands, each TechSteps classroom-ready project supports an Engineering Design Process while engaging young students in open-ended learning experiences that actively encourage exploration, collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making, creativity and innovation. Evidence based assessment tools within each project provide an easy means for teachers to assess both the learning and 21st Century skills development.

TechSteps is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the ISTE NETS*S. For further information on Edvation’s award winning K-12 education solutions visit www.edvation.com.

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