Defining STEM

What do we mean when we talk about STEM? And how do we apply STEM to Pk-12 education? Is STEM the study of any one of the 4 subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? Or, is STEM the integration of 2 or more subjects while solving real life problems? Does STEM offer something for students beyond career readiness?  If you find yourself a little confused, you are not alone. Join Greg Pearson, of the National Academy of Engineering and veteran educator, Anne Jolly, author of STEM by Design to talk about what makes a meaningful STEM experience.

This webinar was recorded on October 23, 2018.

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Greg Pearson is a Scholar with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in Washington, D.C. Greg currently serves as the responsible staff officer for two NSF-funded projects, one examining the status, role, and needs of engineering technology education in the United States, the other addressing issues related to capacity building for K-12 engineering educators. He also directs the Chevron-funded LinkEngineering online resource that is helping guide implementation of PreK-12 engineering education in the United States. Previously, he has overseen projects addressing: STEM integration in K-12 education; standards for K-12 engineering education; the status and prospects for engineering in K-12 education; new messaging for the field of engineering (Changing the Conversation); technological literacy; and content standards for the field of technology education. He has degrees in biology and journalism.

Anne Jolly began her career as a lab scientist, caught the science teaching bug, and was recognized as an Alabama Teacher of the Year during her years as a middle grades science teacher. From 2007-2014 Anne was part of an NSF-funded team that developed middle grades STEM curriculum modules and teacher PD materials for the Mobile Area Education Foundation's Engaging Youth through Engineering (EYE) initiative. Anne has also teamed with science and math teachers to help them develop and implement their own STEM curriculum. Her book STEM By Design: Strategies & Activities for Grades 4-8 was published by Routledge/MiddleWeb in July 2016.