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EDUC 553 Foundations of Elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education

Prerequisite: Current teaching certification. (Offered as needed/3 credits)

This course examines foundational elements of elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) inquiry-based-instruction. Participants are expected to learn through experience, exploration, and discourse to gain an understanding of a STEM mindset to facilitate implementing a STEM approach in the elementary classroom. Using transdisciplinary STEM education techniques, a consideration of the theoretical underpinnings and processes of effective STEM instruction will be areas of focus. An emphasis will be on making real-life connections through an activity-centered approach to solve problems in an atmosphere of collaboration and communication.