The answers can be found on the STEM Immersion Guide.
Science Foundation Arizona, the Arizona STEM Network, and Maricopa County Education Service Agency created the STEM Immersion Guide to guide schools through the process of starting and implementing a STEM program.
Where are we now?Before you chart your course, you need to evaluate where you are now in your STEM implementation. Below are videos of the 4 levels on the STEM Immersion Guide. As you watch, think "are we currently at this level?".
The Exploratory Model
The Introductory Model
The Partial Immersion Model
The Full Immersion Model
Assess Your LevelNow that you have watched the videos and have a good background on what each level looks like, take the online assessment to determine your current level. This can be done alone or with your entire staff.
Assemble Your TeamWhen you finish the last question on the online assessment, you will be directed to a site that identifies your current level. Now, you are ready to assemble your team.
As you discuss your next steps and plan your 2-year, 3-year, and even 5-year goals, use the resources provided. One of the biggest resources is the Arizona STEM Network. *Note, you do not need to live in Arizona to be a part of the network. In fact, we have members from 16 states and 4 countries!
Download the STEM Immersion Guide and plot your course. Define your goals and gather your resources. But, where to find quality STEM quality resources?
ResourcesDo you need resources and lessons? Did your team decide to enter a competition? Does your staff need more PD? Use the Tools4Teachers link! Resources have been vetted by a team of STEM experts and categorized for easy searching.
"The Immersion Guide, the survey, videos and Implementation Guides all work together to provide schools with the tools necessary to imbed STEM into their programs at all levels," Linda Coyle, Director of Education, Science Foundation Arizona.
I would love to hear about your goals for implementing your STEM program. Send me a message at STEAMingAheadWithSusan@gmail.com .