STEMulating DESIGN CHALLENGES IN SCIENCE
Guides to implementing design challenges in the science and CTE classroom
These TEKS-aligned teacher resources:
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
K-12 Statewide STEM Teacher TrainingMay 17–18, 2022
The Texas Education Agency is rolling out a two-day immersive state-wide professional development to preparecampus administrators STEM leaders to shape, support, and sustain STEM initiatives within their district or campus. Participants will learn by doing, engaging directly in the instructional approaches most critical to the STEM endeavor: project-based learning, design-based challenges, and computational thinking. Working backwards from a model vision for STEM education, the session culminates with leaders collaboratively planning for real-life implementation of STEM programming. Learn more and register for this FREE session here.
STEMulating Design Challenges in Science, Grades K-5
June 16-17, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (2-Day Face-to-Face Session)
Explore ways to implement TEKS-aligned design challenges in your science classroom. Experience using the engineering design process to address design challenges in order to support student growth and success in your classroom and beyond. Participants will receive one printed copy and digital access to either STEMulating Design Challenges in Science for Grades K-2 or STEMulating Design Challenges in Science for Grades 3-5. Learn more and register here.
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ONLINE COURSE LEARNING
Interested in taking Region 4 Science courses when it's most convenient for YOU? We offer several online courses that can be taken over 30 days, at your own pace. Earn as many as 6 CPE from the comfort of your computer! For more information, follow the links below. For more information about these sessions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Define and discuss STEM literacy and its importance. Explore strategies that can be used before, during, and after reading that allow for independent and collaborative student work. Examine how to safely research on the Internet using various search engines and tools to curate information. Complete the course by putting new skills into practice. Learn more and register here.
Getting STEM Ready
Explore what having a STEM ready classroom entails. Define STEM and discuss what a STEM classroom looks and feels like. Consider materials, where to find them, and then how to manage and design makerspaces. Experience STEM in practice and conclude by mapping out how to embed STEM into your classroom. Learn more and register here.
The Engineering Design Process
Explore the engineering design process (EDP). Learn how STEM experiences are supported and explore the key components of the EDP through the lens of teacher and student actions. Participants will leave with a design challenge and ideas for implementation, including supporting students as they develop their STEM thinking. Learn more and register here.
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REGION 4 TEXAS EcosySTEM
The Region 4 Texas EcosySTEM is a part of Texas Education Agency's (TEA) statewide Texas EcosySTEM. This collaborative effort unites various stakeholders to work towards the common goal of increasing access for young people to STEM-rich learning environments so that they are engaged and have mastered the necessary skills for success in STEM careers.
The Texas EcosySTEM has created a statewide STEM steering committee as well as regional STEM hubs (such as the Region 4 EcosySTEM) with representation from:
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