The first Strategic Objective identified is Improve STEM Instruction. The goal of this objective is to have 100% of Indiana K-12 teachers trained in problem-based, project-based, and inquiry-based approaches to learning by 2025. Below is a collection of resources to assist with addressing this objective. Note: Descriptions for each resource listed below are derived from their respective website.
STEM Teaching Tools: This site houses tools that support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction. The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each tool concentrates on a specific issue and leverages best practices. Under the News section, users can learn more about how to use each tool. This article provides background on the STEM Teaching Tools. Review more resources in IDOE’s Tools area and check out the "short courses" shown below.
The American Chemical Society - Virtual Chemistry and Simulations: This resource moves Chemistry from the lab and classroom to the computer! Working in a virtual chemistry laboratory and viewing simulations gives students a unique opportunity to learn chemistry in a new way.
10 Big Insights on Teaching, Learning, and STEM Education: 100Kin10's Trends Report for 2018: Here at 100Kin10, we are constantly learning from our nearly 300 leading partner organizations while maintaining a pulse across the field, via teachers, researchers, and other leaders dedicated to supporting excellent STEM teaching and learning for all students. It’s a unique and privileged position to be in, at the intersection of so much wisdom. Recognizing that, we start each year by synthesizing all that information into our Trends Report: ten bite-sized insights that emerge from the data.
Ethos Science Center: Envision schools where Science and Technology are taught hands-on! Using materials that facilitate Science learning, while reinforcing Mathematics and English/Language Arts goals, students will learn hands-on from knowledgeable teachers on a regular and consistent basis. Visit the Ethos Science Center website to learn more.
Indiana STEM Resource Network: The I-STEM Resource Network is a partnership of Indiana's public and private higher education institutions, K-12 schools, businesses, and government. It is dedicated to measurably improving K-12 student achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Purdue Science K-12 Outreach: Purdue Science K-12 Outreach was initiated in 1989 to increase interest and achievement in Science and Mathematics at the pre-college level. The program provides K-12 Science and Mathematics professional development programs for teachers, form long-term partnerships with school districts, and engage students in standards-based activities. Purdue Science K-12 Outreach coordinators act as resources and facilitators, establishing cooperative relationships with elementary and secondary schools to bring about changes in the quality of education. The program links the expertise of Purdue Science faculty with students, teachers, parents, schools, and school systems through collaborative interactions.
STEM Connection: The STEM Connection provides professional development to empower educators by sharing STEM content knowledge, developing STEM practices, and building confidence to provide more meaningful STEM experiences for youth. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics have an ever-increasing role in the world, and STEM experiences provide an opportunity to engage students early in their academic journeys in order to increase interest in and build positive attitudes toward STEM disciplines.