Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Experience It – By Doing – STEM Experiential Learning”

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Track: STEM in Education 

This creative and interactive workshop develops knowledge in areas to give teachers the tools to succeed.

There are interactive group discussions and creative experiential lessons. During this interactive learning experience, participants will gain knowledge about the unique and changing role of outdoor STEM education in our changing society. The effects of outdoor STEM education experiences on participants’ beliefs and attitudes about science mirror the STEM goals of increasing student interest, and identity in STEM.

Participants will leave this session with concrete ideas about high quality, meaningful STEM integration in grades 3-8.

Abstract

The interactive activities and other suggested ones can help student gain interest and identity in STEM. Recent research found that by the fourth grade, one-third of student’s loss interest in STEM subjects. By eighth grade, the number jumps up to 50%. Also, many students’ interest in STEM is hindered by the lack of being able to envision themselves in STEM careers. The more experiences they have in different areas of STEM, the more likely they are to pursue STEM careers. Using experiential STEM exercises could lead students to begin a path in STEM and develop career readiness in this area. The current demand for STEM-capable workers surpasses the supply of applicants who have trained for those careers. 16 of the 20 occupations with the largest projected growth in the next decade are STEM related, but only 4 of them require an advanced degree.

During this session, educators will learn specific outdoor education skills essential to bringing experiential learning into the classroom, learn practical planning a logistic skills to prepare them to design, implement and prepare set-up stations for hands-on activities. They will gain a structured approach to inquiry-based lesson planning as well as resource gathering information that will enable students to make personal connections to the activities.

Outcomes

1) Learn specific education skills essential to bringing experiential learning into the classroom.

2) Develop practical logistic application to assist teachers to design, implement and prepare set-up stations for hands-on activities.

3) Gain a structured approach to inquiry-based lesson planning as well as resource gathering information that will enable students to make personal connections to the STEM through experiential hands on learning. Description 

 

Presenter: Tom Fraker, CEO, Tonto Creek Camp  

   

 

 

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