2014 STEM Institute Dates:
ELEMENTARY STEM INSTITUTE for GRADE 4 & 5
June 2nd – 6th, 2014: Elementary STEM Institutes at Preston Middle School
MIDDLE SCHOOL STEM for GRADES 6-9
June 9th – 13th, 2014: Week One of the STEM Institutes at Preston Middle School (Grades 6-9)
June 9th – 13th, 2014: STEM Institute Oceanography Camp (at Preston) – all day, all week – plus an overnight at the Denver Aquarium (Grades 6-9)
June 16th – 20th, 2014: Week Two of the STEM Institutes at Preston Middle School (Grades 6-9)
The need to revamp American education, especially in math and the sciences, has been widely reported for over half a century. Study after study has shown that our students are not achieving in these subjects at a level comparable to the students in other parts of the world. Without a first class education in math, technology, and the sciences, American students face a difficult future and dramatically lower standard of living as adults. The staff at the STEM Institutes believe that STEM offers a creative solution to the nagging problem of achievement in these subjects. In “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future Executive Summary”, Patrick Gonzales, et. al. makes the following statement.
STEM education is about social responsibility. Solutions to major world problems have their roots in science and engineering. The problem of poor indoor air quality in underdeveloped countries was addressed by CSU with a high efficiency, wood-burning stove for example.
Middle level students are natural scientists. The 2010 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index found that, “An overwhelming number of respondents wish they knew more about STEM in order to create or invent something.” Students see science and technology as the source for the tools of change and they want to do something with their lives that makes things better for others without a motive for personal gain.
Without high-quality, knowledge-intensive jobs and the innovative enterprises that lead to discovery and new technology, our economy will suffer and our people will face a lower standard of living.