Strategies, Research, and Examples for Elementary Teachers to Integrate STEM
Keywords:STEM, Elementary, Teaching
Over the past decade, STEM has become an important goal in schools because of the strong global initiatives for improving education. In fact, the 2010 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology indicated that there was a need to provide individuals with strong STEM backgrounds in order for the United States to be educationally competitive internationally. This article provides ideas to successfully integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts into all elementary grade levels (K-6), research to provide support for the STEM integration ideas, and examples on how to integrate the ideas. Specifically, the ideas range from encouraging creativity to providing hands-on experiences. While these are important at all grade levels, the article supports the idea that elementary is the foundation that builds students’ willingness and ability to ‘think outside the box’ or understand there is more than one way to solve problems.