What is STEM?
STEM fields or STEM education is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM education provides students with science, math, and engineering/technology in sequences that build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications. Science, Tehcnology, Engineering, and Mathematics makes up the world of today from our everyday technology as celluar devices to our safety and well being as energy and education. STEM fields not only improves our lives today, but will continue to grow in our future.
Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Problem (project)-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered instructional strategy that uses both collaboration and reflection strategies where students in engage in inquiry to a challenging problem that has been proposed. In PBL, students work in collaborative groups and teachers act as the facilitators of learning. PBL assists students in learning to solve authentic problems, effective problem-solving skills, independent learning, practice critical thinking skills, and teamwork by collaborative group work. PBL encourages self-directed learning as the students have a choice, control over the case, and the outcomes of the project. During PBL, students engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate the task at hand. PBL helps students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and can motivate students who might otherwise find school boring. In addition, PBL supports development of 21st Century Skills.
My Tomorrow Initiative
Cincinnati Public Schools My Tomorrow*ed will start with 7th and 8th grade students for the 2014-15 school year. For additional information about the Initiative and what it means to your student, visit the My Tomorrow Website.