Resources for STEM in the Classroom
1) STEM Education by Design
An accessible text that assumes no prior knowledge, this book is grounded in the realization that “STEM” and “STEM Education” have not yet evolved into fully coherent fields of study.
This book demonstrates how STEM can and should be understood as more than a collection of disciplines; it is a transdisciplinary, possibility-rich domain that is much more than the sum of its parts. Building on the actual work of scientists, engineers, and other professionals, the authors disrupt preconceptions about STEM domains, and provide the tools and evidence-based approaches to create new possibilities for all learners.
The founders of Mathigon call it the “Textbook of the Future”.
Mathigon is a collection of interactive, accessible and engaging mathematics resources.
From the Mathigon website:
“Everything in our world follows mathematical laws: from the motion of stars and galaxies to the transmission of phone signals, bus timetables, weather prediction and online banking. Mathematics lets us describe and explain all of these examples, and can reveal profound truths about their underlying patterns.”
Please visit: mathigon.org
3) SNAP Math Fair
From the SNAP Foundation’s website:
Are you interested in inspiring your students in Mathematics? Become better problem solvers to think outside the box? How about sharing with them some wonderful and fun recreational mathematics problems?
SNAP Math Fairs will do just that!
A SNAP math fair differs from a coventional science fair.
This website describes how it works, explains how to organize a SNAP math fair, and provides resources and contacts to help you get started.
Please visit: mathfair.com
An exciting example from Galileo Educational Network:
The Expanding Cube Problem
The Galileo Educational Network provides professional learning for educators, supports teachers, and encourages them to improve, strengthen, and change their professional practices. The galileo.org website shares a collection of comprehensive classroom examples with videos, research insights, as well as professional learning resources.
Please visit: galileo.org (available until June 30, 2021)
5) Learning Discourses
Discourses on Learning in Education
From the website learningdiscourses.com:
What is learning? How does it happen? Can it be made to happen?
It turns out that these questions have been answered in many, many ways. This site offers a survey of some of those responses, aiming to highlight key differences among beliefs about learning and their entailments for teaching and research. Designed more as a dictionary than an encyclopedia, the site includes summaries of more than 900 discourses and subdiscourses.
An alphabetical index and a map (see above) are available.
Please visit: learningdiscourses.com
6) Learning Metaphors
Metaphors of Learning in Different Languages
Learningmetaphors.com provides answers to questions such as:
- How do different languages describe learning?
- What were the original metaphors used to make sense of this complex phenomena?
- How does that conception manifest in terms of our understanding of teaching and learning?
Each language’s etymological root metaphors for learning and related terms are explored, and explanations in English are provided. Illustrations and common phrases further elaborate metaphorical associations.
Please see an example of the English word “Learn” below:
Please visit: learningmetaphors.com