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Four Steps to Stemulate Your Program with Stemfinity

Magazine article Techniques

Four Steps to Stemulate Your Program with Stemfinity

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STEM-SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH--IS THE convergence of four disciplines that has galvanized schools and learning institutions across the country to provide curriculum that has real-world applications and opportunities for hands-on learning. Here at STEMfinity, our mission is to make STEM education accessible to every student, despite gender, race or socioeconomic status.

Since 2011, the company has been at the forefront of STEM education as advocates and service providers. With more emphasis on STEM education than ever before, educators and administrators may lack resources and support to confidently implement a STEM program; the most significant hurdles being insufficient funding, lack of knowledge about existing curricula, lack of professional development in STEM content areas and/or the inability to form partnerships with STEM experts. STEMfinity has designed a four-step process to help reach the goal of STEM education for every student.

Step One

STEMfinity's extensive list of free online resources (www.stemfinity.com/Free-STEM-Education-Resources) is a great place to get started. Designed to remove fear and get educators more involved, these resources range from beginner to expert in a variety of subjects, from coding and programming to mathematics and science. There are hundreds of activities, lesson plans and digital tools for pre-K to college students. All the resources bring a fun and enjoyable approach to integrating the interdisciplinary and critical thinking strategy that STEM is known for. For example, GG Interactive helps students design their own video game, and Hooked on Science is a way for students to conduct their own science experiments using household items. Mr. Science of Hooked on Science, along with a friendly kid scientist, has weekly experiments that make learning about science easy and fun. These videos have been a major hit on social media with educators and parents alike.

Another excellent resource is CodeAcademy.com, which is a website dedicated to teaching students to code interactively. With coding becoming more important in schools--some say the new literacy--this is a relevant free resource. Furthermore, the Exploratorium's website (http://www.exploratorium.edu) has tons of activities and links in subjects like astronomy, geology, anatomy, math, art and chemistry. STEMfinity's free resources page has something for every student and every educator.

Step Two

One of the most challenging aspects of implementing a new STEM program can be funding. STEMfinity and its partner Resource Associates offer a full-service grant development program to assist education agencies in acquiring grant funding to meet student achievement goals. With the knowledge of professional grant writers, administrators, professors and educational practitioners, STEMfinity and Resource Associates provide strategic planning, grant research and alignment, grant evaluation and related professional consulting services to hundreds of education agencies throughout the United States. From federal entitlement grants to discretionary No Child Left Behind competitions, our team has the expertise to prepare grant proposals that are likely to be awarded and implemented, with limited burden on your staff.

Here's how it works:

1. Click the "Request Free Consultation" button at the bottom of the STEM Grants page (stemfinity.com/STEM-Education-Grants).

2. Fill out the STEM grant request form.

3. Discuss your organization's funding needs with a professional grant consultant. …

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