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