We understand, initiating STEM in your classroom can sound daunting if you haven’t already started and don’t know where to begin.
Before exploring how we can implement STEM, let’s recap what STEM means;
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. We all teach Science and Math, but STEM adds Technology and Engineering into the equation in order to teach “21st-century skills” or tools students need to have if they wish to succeed in the workplace of the “future”.
The idea is that in order to be prepared for jobs and compete with students from different parts of the world, students need to be able to solve problems, find and use evidence, collaborate on projects and think critically. These skills and the thinking that goes with it are taught in STEM subjects.
So, now we know what STEM actually is. Where do I begin?
If you have already ordered your Fable classroom kit, you can easily begin here with a FREE FABLE lesson plan.
Some ideas on implementing STEM in the classroom:
- Implement STEM into the core curriculum – It is possible to integrate STEM into the current curriculum by using devices such as robotic kits. For example: Math – let the children come up with an item to sell and have them make it. Use fake money and give them an hour to sell it. Let them experience buying, selling, bartering and trading. This combines math and social skills.
- Dedicate time – In addition to STEM integration into the core curriculum, setting aside dedicated time outside of core subjects provides an ideal entry point for STEM experiences. When we are intentional about finding time to let kids make stuff, it leads to authentic engagement around STEM topics. This could be in lesson, between semesters/trimesters, after school time, summer school, community education or even at a parent-student event.
- If in doubt start small – Choose a lesson or topic you already do and just modify it a little bit to be more of a problem or question students need to solve.
- Visit schools already doing it well – We can provide you with a list of schools in your area who are already doing this well. Contact us to find out more.
- Try with tools such as Robotics – robotics is a great way for students to learn how to code, which engages students to developing their skills in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and innovation.
Always remember, if it doesn’t go like you had planned, use that as a lesson too. STEM is all about trial and error. The students learn just as much, maybe even more during flops.
Shape Robotics would like to reward teachers using Fable in the classroom with a 100 euro Amazon gift voucher for lessons you have created, which are applicable to your peers. Simply submit your suggestion to us here in our contributor space!
Article by Rachel Colsaerts