Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Bridging Integrative STEM Communities

Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Bridging Integrative STEM Communities

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Somehow it is already May. As we are all anxiously awaiting summer, it is also the perfect time to implement some great STEM activities to keep students engaged and learning. This year our theme has been about building bridges within the STEM community. We have offered many strategies and activities to foster collaboration between students, teachers, and other stakeholders. As we conclude that theme, this issue has plenty of ideas to try this year and some that you can think about to implement next year.

In the Heller, et al. article, you can get ideas for how students can use images to reflect on how STEM connects to their lives beyond the content areas they experience in school. Hummell's activity provides information on several activities that create international connections and contexts for STEM. Swift, et al focus on introducing design thinking and connecting families with learning. Gierhart and Brown's article discusses how to build technological literacy by using Google Classroom. All of these articles are great examples of ways to build bridges between the STEM content teachers are teaching in their classrooms with a broader perspective, from families to international audiences.

I also want to highlight the wonderful work of the people who were recognized for Program of Excellence and Teacher of Excellence awards in elementary education at this year's 80th ITEEA Conference in Atlanta. On page 15 you will see a list of all of the programs and teachers who received awards this year. …

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