From Shoestring STEM to Makerspaces
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, over the last decade, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations grew 24.4%, while other occupations grew 4%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future.
Students in Stark area schools are engaging in STEM education in a wide variety of ways. STEM education is highly engaging for students and cultivates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and develops the next generation of innovators.
This week Looking at the Issues features the evolution of the 1st-12th grade STEM program at Osnaburg Local Schools. About five years ago, East Canton High School science teachers, Lisa Gothard, David Samblanet, and Molly Walker ambitiously decided to begin a STEM program. They didn't let a very tight school budget stop their dream. They started a STEM I course 4 years ago on a shoestring budget. Today, if you visit Osnaburg Local Schools you will find STEM I, II, III & IV at the high school and STEM programming in 1st-8th grades with their own makerspace on campus.
A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for learning, exploring, and creating[Office2] with tools ranging from low to high tech[Office3] .
may experience robotics, land use (including a weather station and community garden), drone, 3D printing, CNC machining, Flite Test planes, Sphero robots, circuits, and programming.
The East Canton STEM team implements an aligned curriculum, 1st-12th grade, that provides students with opportunities to experience the engineering design process. Every student has a portfolio of his/her work and efforts culminate in a year end community showcase.