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Tools to Inspire and Plan Your STEM Curriculum

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Location: Room 389-90
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Jared Mader  
Ben Smith  

Participants will learn about the four strands of STEM — create, code, build and design — and explore how to plan a transdisciplinary STEM curriculum for learners in all grade and content areas. Included in this presentation is a collection of free tools to assist in planning and designing this curriculum.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Curriculum planning & evaluation
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide schools or teachers with a framework to analyze their current STEM and CS curriculum, apply pedagogical principles, identify a belief statement and then use the ISTE Standards to build a new curriculum.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to use the resources provided to review and update their STEM / CS Curriculum.


Introductions and Overview (5 minutes)
Introduce the 4 Stands of STEM (Code, Build, Design, Create) and engage in mini-activities for each strand (40 minutes)
- Note that each strand has a pedagogical foundation. We will take 2 minutes to give a brief overview of the strand and then use 6 minutes for the mini, hands-on activity. 2 minutes will follow for reflection on the activity in a graphic organizer that is provided and shared among participants.
Overview of STEM Curriculum Protocol - we will provide participants with their own copy of the documents needed to conduct an audit of their STEM / CS curriculum (10 minutes)
Q&A (5 minutes)

Supporting research

Build Strand - Engineering design process -

Design Strand - Design thinking process -

Code Strand - Computational Thinking -

Create Strand - ISTE Standards -

Our STEM Philosophy -

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Jared Mader, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12
ISTE Certified Educator

Jared Mader is the Director of Educational Technology for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit. He has led the technology divisions for two enterprise organizations of over 1200 employees and thousands of students. He has been identified as a PDE State Keystone Technology Integrator and is the 2017 PAECT Outstanding Leader of the Year. He is an ISTE Certification Trainer and Faculty Member for ISTE. These roles have allowed him to be a regular contributing author for the Learning and Leading with Technology Publication, a regular ISTE webinar presenter, and a presenter for ISTE at GETEX 2010, in Dubai, UAE.

Ben Smith, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12
ISTE Certified Educator

Ben is the Assistant Director of Technology at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit, a service agency in Pennsylvania. Ben has engaged in professional development across the globe in his consultancy, EdTechInnovators. He is a former ISTE Board of Directors member and was the Regional Program Chair for the 2019 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. Ben is the President of PAECT, the PA ISTE Affiliate. He is an ISTE Certified Educator and delivers the ISTE Certification as his organization is a provider (CAP).

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