It’s a win-win situation – future educators teaching STEM classes to elementary students have the opportunity to gain experience, and fourth graders get to have winter themed science, technology, engineering and math lessons.
The Pittsburg State University College of Education and College of Technology future educators developed the lesson plans that were presented to George Nettlels Elementary School fourth graders. Many of the students minor in Technical Literacy, allowing them to take advantage of a partnership between the colleges allowing them to gain hands on experience.
Learning how to apply STEM in the classroom is a vital skill for Elementary Education student Megan Goetz. She is a Technological Literacy STEM minor.
“It is beneficial because in the classroom today there is not a lot of time … being able to immigrate the lessons saves a lot of time and makes for a better hands on learning,” she said.
“I felt so much more prepared having this minor going into the education classes because I have already taught six lessons,” Goetz said.
According to College of Education instructor Tracy Rampy, there are advantages to the connections between the two colleges.
“They have all the equipment, the knowledge of STEM related works, so we can do more than talk about it, we can do it and we can build it and we can experience it over here,” Rampy said.
“It’s a nice blend of different pedagogies of both colleges and the hands-on experiences that they are not going to get from the other unless we work together.”