K-5 STEM Programs
$2,250 of $10,000 raised
K-5 STEM Programming
At NW Early Elementary, STEM skills are taught to over 900 Young Fives thru Second grade students every week. Students enter a learning environment that is highly engaging and exciting, but is also challenging and allows them to think outside the box and solve problems.
We do a lot of programming and coding in the STEM Lab, and students and get the opportunity to begin exploring the world of robotics.
They begin building a strong foundation for the exciting world of programming and coding by using many different types of coding games and coding robots such as Lego WeDo 2.0, Dash and Dot robots, Cubelets, Ozobots, and STEM Coding Mice.
On top of coding and robotics, students partake in other activities such as designing and building sturdy structures, use of measuring tools, and using the scientific method to complete science experiments. All the work students do in this class helps them build deep critical thinking skills and empower them to use creative ideas and build upon them.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Northwest Community Schools realizes the importance of STEM programming for students. With your help, we can expand our current program to offer more STEM related classes for Elementary aged children.
According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.
What is STEM?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A curriculum that is STEM based has real-life situations to help the student learn.
Why STEM Education?
“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation)
Who benefits from STEM?
STEM education helps to bridge the ethnic and gender gaps sometimes found in math and science fields. Initiatives have been established to increase the roles of women and minorities in STEM-related fields. STEM education breaks the traditional gender roles. In order to compete in a global economy, STEM education and careers must be a national priority. Each and every decision made uses an aspect of STEM to understand the implications.
In conclusion, STEM education is critical to help the United States remain a world leader. If STEM education is not improved, the United States will continue to fall in world ranking with math and science scores and will not be able to maintain its global position. STEM education in school is important to spark an interest in pursuing a STEM career in students.
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