2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

EDUA 5307 Design/Implement STEM Instruction

The term STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has become increasingly popular in education and careers over the last several years. Traditionally, science and math are taught separately, technology is it’s own class or elective, and engineering projects are reserved for specialized classrooms. STEM, however, introduces a major shift in how these disciplines are taught and understood, and mirrors how these fields work in the real world. Engineering, scientific experimentation, and applied mathematics, for instance, integrate science, math, and technology concepts, processes, and skills.

In this course, elementary and middle school teachers (grades K-8) will learn how to successfully plan and implement authentic, integrated STEM instruction that engages students in the processes and practices of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. After taking this course, teachers will have an understanding of what STEM is; the benefits of integrating STEM project-based learning; and how to plan effective STEM instruction. Additionally, the course provides STEM unit, project, and lesson ideas; exemplars for modifying projects and lessons based on class and individual student needs; and practice designing integrative STEM instruction. By the end of the course, teachers will be able to engage their students to think and act like real scientists and engineers.