Bringing Stem to Life: Essentials for Elementary Stem Education - Lessons

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Bringing Stem to Life: Essentials for Elementary Stem Education - Lessons


Jones, Virginia R., The Elementary STEM Journal


Welcome to the newly revisualized The Elementary STEM Journal! In previous years our award-winning journal was Children's Technology and Engineering. The Children's Council rebranded as the Elementary STEM Council to emphasize the importance of integrative STEM education at the elementary level. The journal also rebranded to ensure that the publication has an emphasis on a broader, more inclusive definition of integrative STEM.

Our theme for this year, Volume 23, has a focus on Bringing STEM to Life: Essentials for Elementary STEM Education, with a subfocus on four major, broadly defined areas, including:

1. Lessons - how we come up with, plan, and implement quality lessons for elementary STEM.

2. Informal Learning Opportunities - a broad focus that can cover strategies for teachers to implement good STEM learning opportunities in informal settings (e.g., afterschool clubs, summer camps, etc.).

3. Finding Balance Between Teaching, Learning, and Application - a broad focus that balances the demands/requirements associated with teaching and implementing high-quality STEM at the elementary level. An example could include finding the balance between a great project and a limited budget.

4. Equity in Elementary STEM - An emphasis on the importance of equitable opportunities in STEM. How do all students gain access to high-quality STEM? How can students achieve at a high level? …

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