⇒A STEM System⇐
Objectives of ⇒A STEM System⇐ ⇒A STEM System⇐ is used as a title in this website to imply there are many possible STEM systems. The system presented here was conceived to implement the following principle and to stimulate discussion about long-term goals and encourage implementing mechanisms to achieve those goals. A Guiding Principle All high school students must have the privilege of participating in a STEM program supported by all the communities that depend upon STEM knowledge and skills. ⇒A STEM System⇐ seeks to: 1. Increase the number of high school graduates interested in and prepared adequately to continue study leading to current and future STEM careers. 2. Enable students to acquire information, knowledge, and skills considered necessary as a STEM foundation for further study. 3. Enable non-STEM careerists to understand better the practices employed in STEM fields and to perceive the implications of policies relevant to STEM activities. 4. Apply appropriate resources of science-rich organizations to teaching efforts in science-poor educational institutions.
⇒A STEM System⇐
5. Provide meaningful contacts between high school students and STEM specialists from a variety of fields and at a variety of levels. 6. Develop skills useful for members/leaders of Student Teams. 7. Enable students to develop behaviors of STEM personnel by creating plans intended to achieve specified objectives, acquiring information, employing knowledge/skills already known, learning new knowledge/skills required to implement the plan, collecting data, synthesizing the team acquisitions to achieve the objectives, and reporting. 8. Use peer teaching to benefit all students and partially reduce teacher workloads. (Note: “Teachers trying again to teach that which a student should know already is considered nagging; a peer teaching the same thing to the same person is conversing.”) 9. Make expertise in all STEM fields constantly available to students. 10. Enable STEM students to correct misconceptions and improve inadequate skills at any time during their high school careers.
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11. Maximize applying the expertise of teachers in both STEM content and the teaching arts. 12. Reduce teacher stress induced by inadequate command of STEM content and/or teaching skills. 13. Create agencies that facilitate connections between science-rich and science-poor organizations. 14. Create agencies that foster development and distribution of authentic Student Project materials.