Bring STEM to Every Classroom

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Rachelle Dene Poth  
To prepare for the future, students need to develop skills in STEM-related fields. There are, however, either real or perceived barriers to providing these opportunities for students. As educators, we need resources that enable us to spark curiosity for learning and lead students to become the creators and innovators.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS
Topic: Maker activities & programs
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
Related exhibitors:
, Sphero
, Mote
, Classtime
, IPEVO, Inc.
, SpacesEDU & Curipod
, Capstone
, Microsoft Corporation
, TechTerra Education

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Preparing students with the essential skills for the future requires all educators to create a culture for learning that sparks curiosity and innovation. Bringing STEM into every classroom is essential. Learn about STEM Challenges, Coding, Emerging Technologies and Ozobots! Explore methods and tools that will empower educators to provide students with opportunities in STEM while helping them develop essential SEL skills. here is an increasing need for skills in STEM related fields and in order to meet those demands for careers in the future, our students need opportunities to explore these topics now. With this recognized need for STEM skills, we need to find ways to spark curiosity for STEM and see if students have interests in STEM related fields.
For some educators, knowing where to begin with STEM brings some uncertainty as there are many possibilities and depending on choice, they may require a specific knowledge or skill set or resources. However, regardless of grade level or subject area, there are many ways for teachers to bring STEM into their classrooms and some which require very little preparation.

As to the benefits of STEM activities, we will help students to develop the essential skills needed for life and workplace success including social emotional learning (SEL) skills and the critical 21st century skills we have been talking about in education for many years. Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Creativity for just a few. In our classrooms, we can find ways to connect STEM activities with the content being taught or use STEM activities for fostering the development of supportive peer relationships in our classroom.


Overview of STEM ( 10 minutes)
What is STEM? Why do we need a STEM curriculum?
STEM and SEL (10 minutes)
Getting Started with STEM (40 minutes)
STEM Challenges
Learning to Code
STEM Tools for the Classroom
Emerging Technologies
Ozobots and Spheros

Audience will be able to explore some of the tools and try coding, participate in a STEM challenge, depending on time and location. Additional activities or contests will be included and selected based on survey results during session..
Time for peer-to-peer interaction and discussion through backchannel.

Supporting research
Daily STEM by Chris Woods
Remaking Literacy and STEAM Makers by Dr. Jacie Maslyk
STEAM Power by Tim Needles

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Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School
ISTE Certified Educator

Rachelle Dené Poth is a STEAM and Spanish teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. She’s also an author, edtech consultant, attorney and frequent education conference presenter. Also an ISTE Certified Educator, Poth holds a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law, and a master's in instructional technology. She’s currently pursuing a second doctorate focused on edtech. Poth is the author of seven books, including Things I Wish [...] Knew, which includes the voices of 50 educators from around the world. She’s a past president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network, and a recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award. Poth was named one of 30 K-12 IT Influencers for 2021, was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications in Technology (PAECT) and was named one of “20 to Watch” educators by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). She writes for Getting Smart and Defined Learning, and hosts the “ThriveinEDU” podcast, as well as a project-based learning podcast by Defined Learning on the BAM Radio Network.

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