What Does STEM Education Look Like?
· Project-based learning: Examples include building a robot to accomplish a specific task or building a windmill to learn about energy.
· Inquiry-based learning: Students are focused on a question. One example might be tackling an environmental question.
· Hands-On Learning: Examples include using manipulatives in math or building with Legos.
· Experiential Learning: The educator’s role is to organize and facilitate direct experiences such as collecting plant and water samples.
· Problem solving Learning: The students are given the tools and guidance to solve problems, not regurgitate information.
STEM education is a natural fit for elementary students who have an incredible imagination and natural curiosity about the world and how it works.