Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum in K-12 schools focuses efforts on technical subjects, and better prepares students to pursue technical careers in vocational and higher education.
We’re big supporters of STEM curriculum, whether it’s one class, or the primary focus of an entire school. At the same time, a well-rounded education incorporating humanities subjects such as history, literature, and civics enhances the value of STEM education by tying it into many broader issues that currently face, and will continue to face, up and coming generations of students. Where will you make the connection?
We encourage teachers to take advantage of solar and wind generating technology at their schools to tackle these important subjects. We hope that this jumpstarts the conversation on a wide range of topics, and gets students as well as communities excited about the possibilities.
Some important resources are listed below:
- Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has excellent reports on STEM education.
- Northwestern University’s Office of Stem Education and Partnerships works with K-12 schools to connect them to the engineering and math resources at Northwestern.
- Illinois Science and Technology Coalition connects Illinois’ universities and labs with industry and government.
- Illinois State University’s Center for Mathematics Science and Technology has some great curricular resources on STEM topics as well.
- Southern Illinois University’s Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach brings together Illinois’ educators, students and communities on STEM related topics.
- University of Illinois’ College of Education runs the STEM Education Research Collaborative which works with educators to better teach STEM topics.