These sites offer an explanation of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiative for schools. Educators can utilize the variety of links for activities, competition opportunities for students and grant information. Several of the sites have brief videos explaining why STEM is important and what it involves. Educator blogs are available for connecting with others for lesson sharing. Free webinars are offered on several of the sites. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on inquiry-based learning.
This site provides additional information from the U.S. government and the STEM initiative. The brief video explains the importance of STEM learning and has links to the public private partners, competitions, National Lab Day, and more.
These sites for teachers explain the concept of inquiry-based learning and offer arguments for why this type of learning is helpful to students. Learn how to create an inquiry-based unit and how to assess student performance. Read papers and reports on how student learning is affected. Includes handouts and links to inquiry-based lessons. There are also videos showing students engaged in an inquiry-based project. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on cooperative learning