STEM24 (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
GSI's Virtual Mentor program will inspire more students to choose STEM career paths
The Good Samaritan Institute (GSI) will be using a variety of methods to incorporate technology based programming in to the classroom environment to enhance the learning experience for the student while providing teachers with innovative and technology driven techniques for teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) based curriculum. GSI has termed its project “STEM24” for the 24 hour access that educators and students will have to the STEM content. STEM24 has been developed to bring a broader scope of STEM based employment opportunities to students in communities that are rural and under-served. Furthermore, STEM24 will provide teachers in these areas with methodologies for developing STEM interest in their students to help bridge the gap and prepare their students for the STEM workforce.
Problem: Current STEM aptitude is low.
STEM24 address the critical needs of the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educational system by using new cyber learning techniques. The pilot program will be initiated in Northwest Florida where science aptitude for some high schools were recently assessed at a failing rate by more than 50% of students tested. (Florida comprehensive assessment test-FCAT.) Also, Florida high school students scored 47th out of 50 states on the 2011 ACT college entrance exam.
Stimulate interest in STEM. Students will have the opportunity to interact with a plethora of STEM professionals through an interactive network of live video feeds. Real-time questions and answers will effectively stimulate interest and direct students into potential careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Broader impacts. Each STEM Q&A session will be recorded, categorized, and posted on STEM24.com. This easy to use website will allow students and educators throughout Florida and the US to view archived STEM programs 24 hours a day. Hence the program name STEM24.
Future Scale Up
Performance feedback in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to work with Apple’s iPod learning lab. This will allow educators to expand their curriculum by integrating audio and video content to more easily engage all students. Multiple-choice quizzes administered on the student’s iPods will provide feedback to the educators regarding the students mastery of the subject matter. These assessments will be used to gauge the effectiveness of the use of the technology media.
Conferences and workshops. The Good Samaritan Institute will host 2-day Apple professional development programs. These instructor led workshops are designed to assist educators on the integration of technology in their classrooms. APD workshops help teachers master Apple hardware and software and incorporate these skills into their teaching.
Implementation of STEM24 on a national level will be accomplished by Web based training on our interactive website, in house workshops at our 7000 square foot teaching facility, and remote workshops in conjunction with our partnership with Apple. GSI is certified by Apple to develop apps. for the Apple ipod, iPhone, an iPad. Customized apps will be developed with teacher input through online collaborations. Workshops for teachers will include real time as well as video labs to introduce hands-on teaching techniques to further build both teacher content knowledge and student content recall through engaging processes. The activities are designed to be a multi-sensory experience to engage different style learners in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.