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I’ve been organizing & facilitating iTeach STEM workshops for a couple of years now.  Those resources have been sitting in a Google Classroom, only available to participants of iTeach STEM.  Recently, I created a new Google Sites site – iTeach STEM as a way to share and archive the investigations, challenges and resources we’ve shared. Just click on the picture below to check out the new site!

iTeach STEM

Check this out…

Are you looking for ways to increase STEM- centered lessons, phenomenon-based explorations or engineering in your classroom?  Did you know that the Science Kit Center has materials available for check-out?  Here’s a few of the items you can borrow:

  • Density tank for density tank demonstrations (see the video above)
  • Tree Swing Engineering Kit file_003.jpeg
  • Ball & Pipe / Well Rescue Engineering Kit
  • Dissecting Kits
  • Zipline Engineering Kit
  • Film Canister Chemical Reactions Kit File_007
  • UV Sensitive Beads / Shade for Lizards Kit Shade for Lizards
  • Vernier Technology  – Wireless Temperature Probes, Go Link! & Light Sensors
  • We also have a variety of books including the books for Science Online, Understanding Student Ideas in Science, Formative Assessment in Science and the book study books for our curriculum teams – “Science for the Next Generation” and “Teaching for Conceptual Change in Science”

Please contact Jen Chase jchase@cvsd.org for more information about these materials, to check something out or for more ideas to support your science instruction!

STEM Clock Hours

What is STEM?  What are STEM Clock Hours?  Do I need STEM Clock Hours?  

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STEM is a curriculum, career or content way of thinking that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Contrary to some opinion, STEM is not connecting those content areas into a lesson but rather, the deep integration of content that allows for application and problem solving.

STEM clock hours are a new layer on renewing teacher certifications.  “Beginning in 2019, renewal applications for professional and continuing teacher certificates must document completion of at least 15 clock hours, or at least one goal from an annual professional growth plan, with an emphasis on STEM integration to meet this renewal requirement.” (Professional Education Standards Board)  This requirement applies to several teaching endorsements, including: Elementary Education (K-8), Secondary Math and Science, Designated Sciences and CTE.  Check the website for your specific certification.   In order to qualify, your clock hour certificate or transcript must clearly state, STEM.

The State of Washington is fairly specific as to what professional development qualifies for this requirement.  Those offering professional development for this requirement, must be able to answer “Yes” to the following questions:

  • Will the STEM activity have an impact on STEM experiences for students?
  • Does the STEM activity provide examples or resources to use with students or other educators?
  • Does the STEM activity provide examples or resources about STEM-related career choices to use with students?

If you are a Central Valley teacher, there are a couple of ongoing opportunities to earn STEM clock hours.

  • iTEach STEM occurs monthly during the 2016-17 school year
  • STEM Online is a part of the Science Online classes

For more information or to learn about more STEM opportunities, contact Jennifer Chase (jchase@cvsd.org)

For other Washington State certification questions, I found this article by Maren Johnson to be extremely informative.

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