Why I want my students to be involved in volunteering and service, etc.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are fast becoming the wave of our future. These highly technical positions have grown rapidly and are expected to continue to grow in demand. Did YOU know that you can do all these things too? We are already passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), but what's the best way to spark that fire for ongoing community projects? How can we help students become the innovative machine builders and control engineers of the future? "EPIC" explores and ignites initiatives about how the community can benefit from STEM projects. As a STEM teacher in a rural community, my position serves as a catalyst to get more students involved in STEM projects.
Tips for infusing philanthropy...
Philanthropy in the STEM lab looks like hands-on projects, inquiry driven questions, and the overall goal to better our community. Projects have included arduino bird feeders, radio telescope astronomy, and hydroponic infused gardening. We integrated LTG lessons into our projects that focused on real world issues: water cycles, civics, and kindness just to name a few. We infused our 55 essentials standards into service learning to reinforce responsibility and citizenship. We encourage discussions on issues thru making a difference for everyone.
I taught this LTG lesson
They Paved Paradise
How I adapted the lesson for my learners
We adapted "They Paved Paradise" as an integral part of caring for our environment. Students researched natural resources, increased recycling efforts district wide, and present the final project designs for environmental beautification.
Service-learning as a teaching strategy has strong connections to both community workforce readiness and civic engagement. As a STEM teacher I encourage all student groups to enter the STEM workforce and to consider STEM fields as career options. Engaging students with innovative ideas and to have definable measurable specifications for STEM implementation strategies is a notable task. Students must design testing procedures and project solutions that will in turn help make the community in which they live in a better place. Students discussed topics from animal studies to pollution and weather related topics. Our goal was to learn from experience by performing unique community projects. Students built arduino bird feeders and recyclable hydroponics using coconut husks. I noticed an improved attitude for the natural world, community awareness, and an "I CAN" change the world with a simple idea attitude.