Geekbus, robotics make STEM education fun
What do robotics, video game design and 3D printing all have in common? They are parts of San Antonio's mobile Geekbus project, which uses hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as STEM, for students, teachers and parents. Promoting STEM is the fundamental goal of SASTEMIC, a nonprofit organization in San Antonio. SASTEMIC has connected educational institutions and leaders with business, industry and also the military to promote the value of STEM to the economy.
Solve problems with hands-on learning
Students' STEM studies and knowledge skyrocket inside the Geekbus because participants can work with electronics, 3D printers and various materials to make things they like. For example, while studying robotics, K-12 students receive information showing them how to use math and measurements to program robots. Students in grades 4-12 can take the 3D Printing unit, which involves using Computer-Aided Design software to make designs that are then printed on 3D printers.
STEM studies take off
Promoting STEM in a fun, mobile, innovative setting such as the Geekbus not only teaches students about new technologies, it propels them forward at warp speed toward deeper creativity and new "hot" skills. However, STEM education does not only have to be relegated to the Geekbus. Teachers who want to step up their STEM-instruction can do so while studying for the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Math Education, which includes an option to concentrate on STEM education.
Master's degree can make teaching STEM fun
While working on the M.Ed. Math, teachers will take a Measurement class. Its goal is to help teachers learn units of measure, standardization and error. As a result, teachers will help their students understand how to apply measurement fundamentals to their daily lives and show them their relevance in solving problems. Building on activities in the Measurement class are a great way of promoting STEM because children will see and learn why these concepts are critical to their success. And this foundational course will increase your knowledge and appreciation of STEM studies.
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