It is more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.All young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow. But, right now, not enough of our youth have access to quality STEM learning opportunities and too few students see these disciplines as springboards for their careers We believe in a future where an equitable distribution of quality STEM learning opportunities and talented teachers can ensure that all students have the chance to study and be inspired by science, technology, engineering, and math—and have the chance to reach their full potential.
“IDRA helped our school implement effective STEM teaching strategies through focused professional development and training which has lead towards increased academic success in math & science for our campus” -Lydia Campos, Blank ISD, Texas
Hear from experts in the field and from IDRA staff about how STEM education opportunities show abundant evidence that active engagement enhances learning for students of all demographics and has been especially beneficial for women and other underrepresented groups, likely due to a greater sense of belonging that can be achieved in active classrooms. In STEM disciplines, use of active learning not only improves learning outcomes, but also helps to retain students in STEM majors. See more information in the accompanying slideshow below.
Let IDRA staff create a plan for how to increase access to equitable STEM education programs at your school. Contact us at EACSouth@idra.org