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We live in an increasingly technologically enhanced society. As a result, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects have become priorities in schools. However, it remains too often the case that these subjects are taught in public schools from a neurotypical perspective.
Many parents, teachers, and communities have found that school system administrators are not providing the flexibility, guidance, educational technology, and support for students experiencing disabilities or neurodivergent traits to thrive in STEM. This is not only frustrating and ethically unsound but can present significant hurdles to students who could discover a deep passion for these fields and become innovative contributors.
Let’s take a closer look at how educators can better imbue their neurodivergent and disabled students with a love of STEM.
STEM has become one of the most used buzzwords in the K-12 education space. On the highest level, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and refers to a curriculum where these four focuses are applied to all facets of a district or school’s curriculum.
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Project-based learning (PBL) is a powerful teaching method that has extensive benefits for students, ranging from critical thinking to project management to self-confidence. According to research conducted by The Autodesk Foundation, studies have shown that project-based learning is linked to significant improvements in student test scores, attendance, and classroom engagement. It also gives teachers the opportunity to build stronger relationships with their students by acting as their hands-on learning facilitator. In essence, PBL is an instructional method where students collaborate with others and “learn by doing.” The same skills learned through PBL are also many of the skills sought by employers.
Tips and projects that teachers can share with parents and caregivers to guide children in any grade through project-based learning—with or without technology.
Even if you have never heard about all the research showing the effectiveness of project-based learning, it’s not hard to figure out that it is a far more engaging way to learn than through traditional methods. What’s not to love about engaging with a real-life problem or question and applying content knowledge and connections to various disciplines to solve it?
If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few great ones to get you started.
A STEM education consultant explains how consistent collaboration among teachers can foster effective STEM-based PBL instruction.