What is STEM? Is it isolated or integrated? While K-12 students usually study science and mathematics separately, all four disciplines within STEM are actually intertwined in the real world. The National Academies Press draws a picture of the outcomes that may occur if students were taught about these connections.
The National Academies’ full report, “STEM Integration in K-12 Education,” makes recommendations for designers of integrated STEM experiences, assessment developers, and researchers to design and document effective integrated STEM education in hopes that STEM education will make a positive difference in student learning and interest in STEM careers.
The full report is available for free online. Check it out here and let us know what you think!
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