STEM has moved beyond a siloed approach to content and towards a pedagogy of how we interact with the world. To prepare our students to be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, we must allow STEM to evolve to include the multiple elements that transform it into a culture. Integrating these elements into everyday instruction and supporting instruction with connected experiences will solidify a high-quality STEM experience for all students.
What does a STEM Classroom look like though? How do you create a culture of STEM in your classroom or school?
Some great starting reference points are the S²TEM Centers SC & the University of Chicago: Outlier Research & Evaluation. The S²TEM Centers SC created an in depth STEM Theory of Action for districts and schools who are looking to analyze, reflect, and dig deep into developing multidimensional inclusion practices around STEM. Outlier Research conducted a National Science Foundation study called the STEM School Study (S3) which sought to understand the landscape of inclusive STEM high schools across the United States. S3 examined how the most successful STEM schools defined themselves, the strategies they used, and their student experiences.
Below you will find an infographic to give an abridged version of the ideas and elements that are needed to develop a highly effective STEM classroom.