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Teaching Tips: STEM Initiative

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.


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This link provides information about the STEM initiatives and public private partnerships.
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.
This article provides background information about the STEM initiative and ways schools around the country are discovering innovative ways to lure students into science and math education.
Get a free subscription to eSchool News. This site provides information on STEM learning, using technology in schools, best practices, and grant information.
This link is devoted to giving teachers a wealth of information about STEM learning methods. Educators have access to webinars, other educators, grant opportunities and a teacher support center.
Use this site from PBS to select from nearly 4,000 science, technology, engineering, and math resources for grades K-12. Download the STEM Resource Round Up for additional sources.
Use these STEM related activities from Thinkfinity to engage students.
This site from Northern Illinois University features information, activities, and additional links about STEM. Links for educators, STEM in School and STEM at home are featured.
This site from Minnesota provides information about careers, resources for teachers, and activities for students.
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

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