STEM is More Than an Acronym!

September 5, 2012
Margaret Ashida

Margaret Ashida Director, Empire State STEM Learning Network

Kudos to the Finger Lakes STEM Hub on today’s STEM YOU CAN video contest launch – one of the exciting actions it has targeted to engage students in exploring STEM through a creative media project.  The design challenge goes beyond a definition of STEM as the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  It also embraces the idea that STEM education includes the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of the disciplines – along with the arts! – to prepare students to think critically, solve problems and undertake team projects.  Simply said, STEM education is greater than the sum of its parts.

The STEM YOU CAN challenge also reflects the power of collaboration among diverse stakeholders in business, education, and community-based organizations.  Its sponsors – Time Warner Cable and Eastman Kodak Co. – are actively involved in the design and execution of the challenge together with other Hub partners from education and the Hub’s steward, the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

The Finger Lakes STEM hub is also connected to other regions in New York through Empire STEM and to other states through STEMx.  In fact, the Finger Lakes’ video What is STEM is part of our toolkit to introduce the idea that STEM is much more than an acronym.  I can’t wait to see how the students of the Finger Lakes region take it to another level!

Margaret Ashida is the Director of the Empire State STEM Learning Network in the State University of New York System’s Office of the Education Pipeline.

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The Kid’s Science Challenge!

January 19, 2010

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Above is the Third grade Girl Scout Troop 52997, they won honors in two categories in the 2009 Kids’ Science Challenge!!

The Kids’ Challenge is a free nationwide competition for 3rd to 6th graders. Students are encouraged to come up with different questions to submit ideas or problems in the science field. Even though this is a free competition, the raised questions by students will be given the opportunity to collaborate with scientists to see their ideas come alive! This competition promotes critical thinking. It will provide students a different experience in learning scientific topics which could potentially spark students’ interest in Science. It is essential to increase students’ interest in science field at an early age. Therefore, it is highly recommended that teachers should encourage their students to enter this competition to have some fun!

This year’s science fields are:
Detective Science (forensics)
Bio-inspired Designs (biomimicry)
Imagining Sports on Mars (in cooperation with NASA/JPL)

The first thousand students to enter the competition receive free hands-on activity kits.  These kits include simulated Mars soil, fingerprint and density experiments. These are the

Our website features curricula alligned to national standards, downloadable activities, videos with scientists and engineers demonstrating our activities, games and a forum for kids to ask our KSC scientists questions directly.

This year’s science fields are:
Detective Science (forensics)
Bio-inspired Designs (biomimicry)
Imagining Sports on Mars (in cooperation with NASA/JPL)

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