The Roots of STEM: Environmental Science as a context for STEM Engagement and Learning
Presented by: Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon educators demonstrate how encouraging students to find the foundations of STEM in the natural environment opens doors to new, innovative careers that will be required as we work to build a greener Massachusetts. We will share examples, resources, curricula, and take-aways that demonstrate how PreK-12 teachers and community-based educators can find and utilize opportunities for STEM teaching and learning in their schoolyards, neighborhoods, and communities, no matter where their school or center is located—rural, suburban, or urban. See 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, engaging, and meaningful to students and their teachers. We will have evidence of student work and teacher feedback that highlights how students develop STEM understanding and an interest in STEM fields by working and learning “in the field” as scientists.