Integrating STEM: The Power of Science

Our Mission

STEM education needs will be met by establishing and supporting Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that will focus on applying Tennessee STEM standards and crosscutting Next Generation framework concepts in the individual schools. Summer and online institutes, field trips to state sites which illustrate applications of STEM, and a university STEM faculty PLC support and monitoring team will make up the project.

integrating STEM: The Power of Science participants will be able to reach the following goals: Recognize, understand, and apply the State science standards in as well as embedded math and engineering as they connect to STEM education.

  • Incorporate activities into their classrooms and laboratories to meet the State science standards and reach all levels of students.
  • Convert “cookbook” labs and design new labs into inquiry-based labs with appropriate formative assessment instruments.
  • Perform inquiry-based demonstrations that require active student participation
  • Integrate research based teaching strategies and pedagogy into their teaching.
  • Adapt civic engagement approaches with science content and laboratories.
  • Adapt current social/scientific topics into learning modules to illustrate state standards.
  • Create integrated science labs connecting STEM areas.
  • Apply Web 2.0 and lab simulations effectively in teaching and student learning.
  • Utilize the Sapling Learning programs across biology, physics and chemistry disciplines.

Six models or sites will be adapted in forming the agenda in pedagogical content knowledge in STEM area.

  1. Thinker Tools emphasizes learning and applying the scientific processes of formulating a hypothesis, designing an experiment, predicting results, and drawing conclusions. Students involved in this study exhibited greater gains on a test of integrative skills, especially low-achieving students.
  2. Chemistry That Applies (CTA) is an integrated instructional unit designed to help students understand the Law of Conservation of Matter which has been developed and tested at the Michigan Department of Education.
  3. Raising Interest in Science Education (RISE) is a public program from Duke University that produces and shares standards-based inquiry teaching materials and activities with high school teachers. The purpose is to provide STEM teachers with practical applications of basic content concepts from pharmacology topics of interest to high school students. This curriculum has been tested by over 15,000 students;
  4. NASA's Digital Learning Network™ provides STEM content featuring NASA missions and research;
  5. Smithsonian SHOUT! Online Conference Series.

Project Co-directors:
Ben Hutchinson, Ph.D. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Junior High, Ed.D. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Consultants:
Carrie Thornthwaite, Ed.D. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Richard Audet, Ed.D. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.