Carver’s growing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education after school programs have anticipated the introduction of the Next Generation Science Standards. Carver is hosting a STEM Fair at Brien McMahon High School on May 16th in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and their sponsorship of Connecticut. Dream it. Do it. GE is a major benefactor and partner in Carver’s STEM education initiatives, as has been Norwalk Public Schools.
Here is an excerpt from this New York Times article today discussing the new standards.
The focus would be helping students become more intelligent science consumers by learning how scientific work is done: how ideas are developed and tested, what counts as strong or weak evidence, and how insights from many disciplines fit together into a coherent picture of the world.
Leaders of the effort said that teachers may well wind up covering fewer subjects, but digging more deeply into the ones they do cover. In some cases, traditional classes like biology and chemistry may disappear entirely from high schools, replaced by courses that use a case-study method to teach science in a more holistic way.
In many respects, the standards are meant to do for science what a separate set of guidelines known as the Common Core is supposed to do for English and mathematics: impose and raise standards, with a focus on critical thinking and primary investigation.
The Afterschool Alliance will present their report, “STEM Learning in After-School: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes,” at a congressional briefing on Monday, 9/19 at 2:00 p.m. Several prominent speakers will focus on promoting STEM learning for girls, corporate interest in STEM after-school programs, and how to improve students’ knowledge base of STEM subjects through after-school programs. These findings will support Carver’s own initiatives in advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), such as our student teams participating in a national Robotics competition.