EL5500 - Integrating STEM Through Problem-Based Learning
Children today will grow up to be problem-solvers in the 21st century. Many of the problems they will solve do not yet exist, and the vast majority of solutions will depend upon one’s understanding and application of science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) practices. How do we help prepare elementary educators to facilitate the development of the creative and innovative skills in children necessary to be the problem solvers of the future? Using the problem-based learning (PBL) model, an approach that challenges children to learn through engagement in real world problems, this course will engage pre-service teachers and in-service teachers in developing understandings about the components of quality problem-based learning, as well as helping them devise ways to facilitate these learning strategies in their classrooms. Students will develop a PBL project that utilizes STEM skills, knowledge, and understanding – examining this approach through a “hands-on” and “minds-on” manner – guiding students through the experience, and through the reflection and dissection of that experience.