The future of our world is dependent on innovation and STEM careers have a big role to play. Good thinkers of all different types are necessary for the scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and tech innovators of tomorrow, but more help is needed encouraging and empowering young people. Even if a student doesn’t plan to become a scientist, having tools in STEM subjects will make them better equipped to innovate in whatever disciplines they choose. Course participants will be provided with many practical tools and ideas to empower the next generation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
By the end of this course, you will:
Learn how to introduce more curiosity, wonder, and joy into your STEM lessons.
Understand the hurdles that students face when trying to master STEM subjects or achieve in STEM fields.
Learn how to encourage more students in STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Learn how to make your STEM lessons more accessible by anticipating subjects like stereotype threat, the importance of mentors, multisensory learning, and the need to consider accommodations for dyslexic, dysgraphic, and other learners.
Design your own interdisciplinary STEM project to will encourage students in their own journeys with creative problem solving and mastery of STEM.
This qualifies for 30 Teacher Clock Hours in Washington State. Please contact your supervisor to see if the credits will apply in your district.
This course is taught by Dr. Fernette Eide who was encouraged in STEM subjects since she was a child looking at caterpillars undergo metamorphosis with a magnifying glass. She went on to graduate with highest departmental honors in Biology at Harvard, become a doctor, and direct a laboratory that specialized in the application of molecular biology approaches to studying nervous system growth factors. She mentor students who won research prizes in medical school, co-authored The Dyslexic Advantage and The Mislabeled Child (the latter a book about learning differences), and wants to encourage lifelong learning in everyone.