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STEM Implementation Guide

Do you need a Roadmap or check-off list for planning and implementation your STEM Program?

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) and the AZ STEM Network created the STEM Implementation Guide as a “how-to checklist” for implementing the four models found within the STEM Immersion Guide. This guide provides schools with a timeline for planning, implementing and facilitating a STEM program from the Exploratory Model up through the Full Immersion Model.  The guide’s checklist is an organizational tool to drive program development. This guide will also provide the processes used to gather qualitative and quantitative data elements and observations necessary to evaluate effective STEM schools/programs.

The Exploratory Model describes a traditional school experience with STEM-related EXTRA CURRICULAR opportunities offered to students in addition to the regular school day. These experiences may include, but are not limited to: after school clubs, summer programs, science fairs, robotics clubs, video production clubs, etc.

The Introductory Model describes a traditional school experience with STEM-related experiences offered in addition to the current curriculum. These experiences may include, but are not limited to: integrated STEM units delivered once the state testing is complete, supplementary stand-alone learning units offered through industry or non-profit partnerships, etc.

The Partial Immersion Model describes a school experience where STEM-related experiences are integrated into the current curriculum. These experiences may include, but are not limited to: teaching to a school-wide STEM theme, teaching year-long integrated Problem/Project-Based Learning Units, teaching dual-enrollment programs, teaching in a "school within a school" model, etc.

The Full Immersion Model describes a total school experience where STEM-related experiences are embedded within a cross-curricular, thematic focus in ALL content areas. Full Immersion schools look more like 21st Century workplace environments rather 20th century K12 school environments. Problem-based Learning drives the curriculum and instruction. Students constantly collaborate to solve authentic problems, propose solutions, and contribute ideas to the larger community.

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