STEM: It’s in Our Nature
Presented by: Mass Audubon
Strand: K-12 Education
The objective of Mass Audubon’s STEM: It’s In Our Nature exhibit is to demonstrate that the opportunities for engaging students and teachers in STEM literally surrounds us in our natural environment. We will share examples, resources, curriculum, and take-aways that demonstrate how K-12 teachers and community-based educators can find and utilize opportunities for STEM teaching and learning in their schoolyards, neighborhoods, and community, no matter where their school or center is located—rural, suburban, or urban.
Our exhibit and the educators who will staff it will provide real-world examples of how the study of local habitats, using schoolyards, local parks and open spaces, or Mass Audubon properties makes scientific study accessible and meaningful to students and their teachers. Our exhibit is targeted to K-12 classroom teachers, but the lessons and resources that will be shared will also be applicable to educators who provide out-of-school time programming in the community. We will have evidence of student work and teacher feedback that highlights how students develop STEM understanding as well as an interest in STEM fields by working and learning “in the field” as scientists.