In an effort to help build the regional talent pipeline and increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming for students without breaking the bank, districts are utilizing the BOCES STEM Integration service to build capacity and develop innovative, project-based STEM courses.
It is imperative that we introduce students at early ages to careers, occupations and studies in STEM related disciplines. As a result, we have created an Integrated STEM curriculum that enhances the current elementary and middle school teacher's curriculum in the STEM disciplines.
Examples given in the Common Core State Standards (CCS) adopted by New York State in January, 2011 suggests that students can begin learning about a topic in kindergarten then review and extend their learning during each subsequent grade. For example students may learn about the digestive and excretory systems in third grade followed by the circulatory system in grades 4-5. By the end of eighth grade students should have the capability of reading and comprehending science/technical texts about the human body independently and proficiently.
The STEM Integration Program offers school districts the opportunity to bring in facilitators in disciplines of Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Marine Biology, Architectural Engineering, Biological Sciences, 3D Digital Design, Ecosystem of Coral Reefs, Arduinos (microprocessors), Computer Coding and Programming, Rube Goldberg and Nano Technology.
Additionally, the STEM Integration Program provides professional development for teachers in science and technology. It also hosts popular events for students such as Young Scientists Day and Young Mathematicians Day.
Districts may choose from three different cooperative services, all of which are eligible for state aid. Integrated STEM instruction will provide assimilated concepts from more than one discipline and more than one standard. This process will ensure that students are learning in an interactive environment and obtaining skills such as communication, collaboration, and problem- solving skills. Below are descriptions of the cooperative service options that a district can utilize.
*For the first two options, the district has to participate in the Gifted and Talented Resource Base Service. For the last option, the district has to participate in the Arts in Education Base Service.
As an interim approach (pre-professional development for Common Core Standards), the STEM Integration co-teaching approach will put current K-5 teachers at ease with the understanding that they do not need to be experts in the STEM disciplines.
A deal has been reached at a "Shark Tank" in the 3D Printing class at Division St. Elementary School.
Brainstorming solutions to a "real world" problem in the 5th grade scholars class at Greenfield Elementary School.
Please click below for our catalog of course offerings for the STEM Integration Program.
Questions? Please contact:
Carrie VanTassel, Enrichment Resource Center Program Manager