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Designing a Culture of STEM Learning

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Carla Chaffin  
Doug Caldwell  

Learn how the design-through-inquiry model promotes innovative problem-solving and a design culture. The DTI model promotes critical thinking and problem-solving through design thinking. Learn the steps of the design process developing empathy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills based on developing solutions for authentic problems.

Audience: Teachers, Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none required
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This presentation will help teachers determine how to choose an authentic problem for students to research and resolve. The design process will be demonstrated so teachers understand the process and steps to help students develop empathy and solutions to local or global problems.

Supporting research

The eMINTS National Center has received a federal grant to research the process of Design Thinking in student learning. This presentation about that grant.

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Carla Chaffin, eMINTS National Center
Doug Caldwell, eMINTS National Center

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