STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This acronym has been used in many political and educational settings to discuss innovation, work force development, and economic growth.
For HOSP – STEM is the integration and application of four different content areas to produce a population who can make informed decisions about the world they live in. Math and Science provide detailed and robust content about the world. Engineering and Technology provide the environment where experiments can be created and the content comes alive and relevant.
HOSP believes the most important component of STEM is to “learn by doing”. While the concept may be simple, the practice is challenging. HOSP believes superior hands-on teaching and learning requires:
HOSP engages with strategic partners that can support, augment, provide proof of effectiveness, and extend hands-on learning beyond isolated experiences. Our aim is for all students to know and understand the ever changing world in such a way that gives them the abilities and knowledge to make informed and educated decisions. These life-long and 21st Century skills allow students to make relevant decisions about their lives based on what they know and what they have experienced.
do not look like traditional classrooms. They are noisy, active, full of questions, and much discussion. Students are consulting with one another and teachers about their findings. There is conversation, observation, comparison and note taking occurring. Teachers roam the room, facilitating instructions and using well-formed questions to guide the learning that is occurring “live” in the classroom. Through the selective use of inquiry, students use materials, apply prior knowledge, move forward in the lesson, and begin building a platform for learning STEM content.