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The Elementary STEM Journal - What's Inside the May 2022 Issue?

April 28, 2022

 

HERE'S A SAMPLING OF WHAT'S AVAILABLE IN THE MAY 2022 ISSUE OF THE ELEMENTARY STEM JOURNAL
 
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  ‌WITH A FOCUS ON
STEL Core Disciplinary Standard 8: Applying, Maintaining, and Assessing Technological Products and Systems
 
FEATURED ARTICLES/ACTIVITIES:
  • An Analysis of Children's STEM Books
  • Designing and Building Toys: A Model of Incorporating Both the Engineering Design and Design Thinking Processes in the Elementary Classroom
  • Safety in the Informal STEM Learning Environment
 
DEPARTMENTS:
  • MAKING MATH COUNT - Exploring Geometric Shapes Using a Design-based Approach
  • STEM AT HOME - Engaging in the Engineering Design Process with Childhood Favorites
  • LESSON PLANS FROM LIT: The Racecar Races!
  • CAREER CONNECTIONS: Operations Research Analyst
  • STEM Solutions - Enhancing Virtual Reality
  • MESSAGE FROM THE ELEMENTARY STEM COUNCIL

 

 

ESJMay22CatWelcome to Issue 4 of the 2021-2022 volume of The  Elementary STEM Journal. This issue focuses on the eighth Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy (STEL) core standard: Applying, Maintaining, and Assessing Technological Products and Systems. The three key ideas for this core standard: technologically literate people are better equipped to learn about and use technological products and systems than those individuals  who lack prior technological  experience; maintenance of a technological product, system, or process is crucial to keeping it in proper working order and, when malfunctions do occur, appropriate repair is necessary; people should gather, synthesize, and analyze information before drawing conclusions when assessing a technological product, system, or process (ITEEA, 2020). Throughout this issue there are explorations around this core standard. Dr. Virginia Jones shares a career connection to an Operations Research Analyst. This career uses advanced technologies to develop solutions  for businesses or organizations. In Safety in the Informal STEM Learning Environment, Dr. Donna Jagielski examines how to create and implement an effective safety plan in the informal learning setting.Books are a common way to create a shared context for students to solve STEM problems. Dr. Scott Bartholomew and Jessica Yauney analyzed 253 books to determine how they could be used to teach STEM. In the feature Lesson Plans from Literature, Lauren Duva uses the book If I Built a Car to create a shared context for students in her activity, The Racecar Races. In this activity students are asked to design and make an interesting and unique vehicle that can travel the entire distance of the racetrack under the force of its own power or an external power source (fan). In Making Math Count, I use The Little Red Fort and One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and The Recycling Women of the Gambia to introduce engineering design activities that explore geometry while designing and building either a fort or a plastic bag made from recycled materials. In STEM at Home, Tracy Young describes how the story of The Three Little Pigs can be used to create an engineering design challenge for parents and
children to do at home.
 
I am really excited to be one of the co-field editors for The Elementary STEM Journal. In the next volume we will continue highlighting STEL and will examine the first four Technology and Engineering Practices.
 
Cathrine Maiorca, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of elementary mathematics at California State University, Long Beach and Co-Field Editor of The Elementary STEM Journal. She is interested in model-eliciting activities and integrated STEM education in both the formal and informal settings. She can be reached via email at Cathrine.Maiorca@csulb.edu.
 

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