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Welcome to the STEM Immersion Guide

 

The STEM Immersion Guide is a comprehensive framework for Arizona schools and districts to integrate STEM education. The Guide:

  • Contains key design elements that support the development of project-based, interdisciplinary STEM instruction
  • Provides practical tools and information to assist teachers, administrators, schools and districts that want to improve student outcomes by integrating STEM
  • Was developed by the Arizona STEM Network in collaboration with the Maricopa County Education Association and was recently updated for an improved user experience

Explore the STEM Guide

A traditional school experience with STEM-related extracurricular opportunities offered outside the regular school day.

Teaching: Teachers sponsor or lead extracurricular STEM-related opportunities before or after the regular school day.

Learning: Students choose to participate and may collaborate to solve teacher-directed or student-determined problems.

Examples:

  • After-school clubs, such as forensics, robotics, and video production
  • Science Fairs
  • Summer programs offered by the school or vendors

A traditional school experience with STEM-related opportunities offered in addition to the current curriculum.

Teaching: Teachers plan and implement STEM-related opportunities in addition to the regular curriculum and provide them to all students during the regular school day.

Learning: Students are required to participate and may collaborate to solve teacher-directed, authentic problems.

Examples:

  • Integrated STEM units delivered once state testing is completed
  • Discrete product development activities
  • Supplementary stand-alone learning units offered through industry or nonprofit partnerships

A non-traditional school experience where STEM-related experiences are integrated into the curriculum.

Teaching: Teachers plan and implement STEM-related experiences that are integrated into the regular curriculum. Teachers take on a facilitative role guiding student learning through inquiry.

Learning: Students participate in ongoing project-based investigations to solve student- and/or teacher-directed problems.

Examples:

  • Schoolwide STEM themes
  • Year-long integrated problem/project-based learning units
  • Dual enrollment programs
  • School-within-a-School approaches, such as Biotech

A non-traditional school experience where STEM-related experiences drive and determine the curriculum.

Teaching: Teachers plan and implement a STEM-related curriculum while acting as facilitators who guide student learning through inquiry.

Learning: Students continually collaborate to solve authentic problems, propose solutions and contribute ideas to the larger community.

Examples:

  • Explorer Middle Schools
  • NASA Schools
  • Interdisciplinary problem- and project-based learning
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