[8:08] Chris Webb kicks off Day 2 of the STEM symposium. Cites the State of MA as an example of a STEM initiative. Top 3 recommendations from the State of MA: 1-Build public support; 2-motive MA students; 3-Improve K-12 STEM teaching. HOW: 1-Create & disseminate a STEM plan; 2-appoint a single STEM person in administration; 3- Launch a campaign; 4- Provide role models.
“The opportunity you have here today is to move needle to another place,” Chris Webb. “STEM is not a building; but you have a chance to create today a ‘virtual STEM building,’ that have the same brick and mortar as a real building.”
WORKGROUPS INITIAL REPORTS:
1- WORKGROUP 1: Brainstorming Outcomes: 1-State of MI portal of all STEM programs; 2-Communicate Clearly between stakeholders; 3-Start young to get influence; 4-Reading deficiencies and integrate math and reading; 5-get community involvement; 6-project-based curriculum. “Everyone needs to know who’s accountable.”
WORKGROUP 2: Brainstorming include: Collaborate with all stakeholers; teaching kids releval and applicable material in math & science; Expand out of Michigan; leverage resources that have already been paid for; Project Based Learning; work in teams; turn homework into practice–not graded; align pre-existing networks; parents need to be proactive about teaching their children the basics.
WORKGROUP 3: Main recommendation: Focus on paradigm shift through a PR campaign; robust & flexible collaborative (pull) system. “The time is right educationally.” Require internships & job shadowing.
[8:49 a.m.] STUDENT PANEL CONVENES in a “talking circle” using restorative practices with 3 guidelines: Speak with respect; listen with respect; wait your turn to talk. Q to students: What are problems in schools not having foundational skills or interest to go in STEM careers?
R: Not knowing what’s available or what it is–lack of communication or lack of understanding or opportunities;
We don’t do a good enough job of telling students or asking students what they want to do when they graduate! Lots of time spending not thinking about STEM;
Awareness of STEM fields are and people who work in STEM fields do.
Lack of interest cause by distractions, such as phone; getting awareness & opportunities to underserved constituency in high schools or middle schools; appeal to students–you can’t just go out there and talk about STEM–you have to bring it with whole new initiative–direct it to young people; most engineers go into STEM because they like it, getting more students interested in it, is how does it apply to their lives & more cool & fun things; turn it into something they want to do instead of have to do; lots of people don’t realize importance of STEM fields; some students feel they don’t do very well in math–promoted as something for everyone.
Q: What about students who don’t have STEM skills–how can they be engaged to go into STEM-related careers?
1- Adding pizazz to it; get young people to promote it to each other.
2- Is STEM for just some people or for everybody?
3- Essential to involve parents & community from a younger age through field trips and hands-on applications.
4- More programs at younger grade levels–even kindergarten.
5- Start exposing kids at an early age to STEM jobs and STEM opportunities.
6- Re-educate parents & teachers about STEM. It’s parents who spur kids. Problem-solving is hard to teach, unless you start early and incorporate into all your subjects.
7- Starts with parents.
8- Need to give them a good foundation–did kitchen math.
9- Promoting STEM as for everyone.
Q: What is your dream?
R: Be successful in life–better relationship with my family.
Have the opportunities be available to young people.
See the class of 2015 graduate;
My dream is to become a better individual & contribute.
My dream is to become something good.
My dream is associated with my students–
The ability to be stress-free when making decisions. To begin to build idea it’s cool to be in a “STEM club.”
Community where kids want to learn and better themselves; not being forced to learn.
Even the plainfield with resources; provide same opportunities for everyone.