It’s no mystery that subjects like math and science often fail to excite students, especially those who are younger. These subjects may even seem intimidating, preventing your students from entering a field that, once they were introduced to the many capabilities of STEM, would make for a rewarding choice of study and career path. This post will explore a few tips that may help your students realize just how cool STEM can be!
School programs, if done right, can do wonders for student engagement and education. Imagine bringing in STEM role models, or putting on a school-wide demonstration of some truly awesome technology. This post will explore how you can organize successful school programs, even on a low budget.
An article published by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) titled Low-Cost Programming for Any Institution, by Melissa Mayard, covers a lot of what goes into a successful, low-cost event. Here’s our summary:
In 1984, Ronald Reagan first announced the “Teacher in Space Project,” hoping to promote civilian interest in space travel. However, the mission was ill-fated. Two years after Reagan’s announcement to the public, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, the shuttle Challenger broke down 73 seconds after takeoff. All seven crew members perished as the nation watched helplessly from below.
Much of the interest that students have in STEM is due to pop culture. What they see around them every day inevitably affects their interests and impacts their educational and career choices. Movies and television have made science “cool” to students by means of characters like eccentric inventor Tony Stark (aka Iron Man from the Marvel franchise), or science fiction shows like Doctor Who. Modern culture has especially encouraged girls to get involved, changing the status quo of past decades. In this post, we’ll discuss the impact that STEM and pop culture have on one another.
The gender gap is a frequently discussed problem in the STEM field, as typically there are fewer women pursuing STEM education than men. Because of this, there have been a variety of solutions proposed to further engage young girls in STEM, and in this post, we will look at three lessons you can apply to your classroom to do this.