Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
With the advent of the STEM initiatives from Washington DC, education is changing its approach to teaching. The Frameworks for K-12 Science Education further defines the new Core Ideas by including frameworks for Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science. Instructional models stress the following:
- Students learn how science is utilized. And students come to appreciate the distinctions and relationships between engineering, technology and the applications of science. (from sec. 8)
- Students understand the distinction between the scientific method and engineering design cycle, and how to integrate each when investigating questions and problems. The scientific method focuses on results while the design cycle stresses process and design.
- Teachers have training in inquiry based methods and know how to integrate STEM in their instruction. Inquiry-based teaching is the major instructional method used in all CPO products. CPO fosters and supports the concept that students learn while doing. By using CPO instructional materials and equipment, students understand how science and engineering are applied in the real world.
What is STEM Education?
STEM refers to the fields and applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM initiatives promote education in these related areas so that students are prepared to study STEM fields in college and pursue STEM-related careers. Schools with a strong emphasis on STEM education often integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into the entire curriculum.
Why STEM education?
President Obama's directives for STEM education are driven by the need to prepare more of our students for STEM- related careers so we can be competitive in the global economy. The Frameworks for K-12 Science also adopt the integration of scientific and engineering practices.
How does CPO incorporate the standards?
CPO Science has inquiry based programs that require students to collaborate while conducting investigations. In the process, students learn how science is connected to real-world events. Students work together to conduct and design experiments to achieve desired results. Students use technology such as Data Collectors to collect data, and they create models to prove their findings.
STEM initiatives incorporate the 5 E's instructional model into the curriculum. The 5 E's are Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. The CPO Science product line was designed based on the 5E Instructional Model.
Correlations to the Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science frameworks have been prepared to make it easy for you to integrate the STEM initiatives into your classes with CPO products.