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  • ABOUT | STEM for Success

    STEM for Success is an integrated program to broaden participation in STEM, especially for those in traditionally underrepresented groups. Our three initiatives include collaborative community engagement, STEM education resources and the Active Learning Academy. ​ Just Cause: STEM for Success just cause is to empower children to have freedom an agency to follow their own path and solve the problems they will face as they pursue their own passions in life. We are looking for people to collaborate with us as we enact our vision. ​ Vision: STEM for Success envisions a system to broaden participation of children in STEM, especially among traditionally underrepresented groups. Mission: STEM for Success fosters collaborative change in STEM by engaging multiple stakeholders around STEM experiences for ch. Goal: To establish a digital repository to collect, share and showcase STEM accomplishments of students as they develop skills to become productive members of the future workforce. In this way, we will achieve persistent participation. To better prepare the students in acquiring these sets of skills. We will help to foster a growth mindset, critical thinking, reflection, problem solving, leadership, communication, collaboration and other essential skills. To meet all children where they are and provide multiple sustained ongoing STEM experiences, so that students will be able to pursue multiple paths to explore and follow their personal passions. Values: Leadership is taking responsibility for yourself and others to achieve goals. LEADERSHIP: ​ Teamwork is individuals cooperating towards the successful attainment of a common goal, through a shared vision, distributed leadership, commitment, agency, and action. TEAMWORK: ​ Education is a system of planned experiences and activities to facilitate learning and foster Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) literacy. EDUCATION: Innovation is the inspiration, imagination, and integration of new ideas or new ways to apply an existing idea through research and development. INNOVATION: Passion is investing your human capital to serve others to achieve a common purpose. PASSION: Agency: Agency is taking action to attain your end and make positive change through self-efficacy and self-directed learning leveraging partnerships and collective action. ​ Agency is taking action to attain your end and make positive change through self-efficacy and self-directed learning leveraging partnerships and collective action. AGENCY: ​ Principles: Individuals and organizations have an ongoing and committed ethical obligation to act to benefit society at large. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: ​ Effective individuals work with others in teams with a shared vision to attain a common goal together (Peer engagement). COLLABORATION : ​ Leadership and organizational support through a strong backbone is essential for programs to harness individual inputs to reach scale and be successful (Organization engagement). COLLECTIVE IMPACT: Collaborative Change: To truly create large-scale sustainable change, individuals and organizations must come together mindfully to change the situation and the system (System engagement). ​ History: STEM for Success has grown out of the research in our NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilot (DDLP) project entitled, “Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary Schools (LiFE)” #1744490. LiFE supported STEM/STEAM clubs (mostly) for girls in grades 2-6 to provide positive STEM experiences along with support from female role models and opportunities to gain leadership, communication, technology, teamwork and other 21st century skills so that they persist in STEM study. We are now transitioning LiFE to STEM for Success which is intended to sustain and grow the impact of the LiFE project. Pi Day This past March we host our special event at NJIT. Students gather to observe and present projects to their fellow peers. Read More News 12 at Pi Day

  • SUPPORT | STEM for Success

    STEM Education Support Program The STEM Education Support Program will partner with nonprofit and for-profit organizations seeking to meet their philanthropic goals in order to establish a collection of small grant opportunities designed primarily to reach demographics in K-12 schools that are underrepresented in STEM fields. These opportunities will support in-class and after school programs that culminate in tangible and authentic outcomes, including opportunities for students to exhibit their work products through participation in showcases and competitions. Student achievements will be highlighted at regular showcase events hosted by CLEAR and through various other outreach mechanisms and platforms. In addition, the program will support and facilitate professional learning for K-12 STEM educators and student learning and design projects that advance knowledge and practice towards college and career readiness in STEM-related fields. ​ Small grants disseminated as part of the STEM Education Support Program will be broken into the three major categories of STEM Materials and Supplies, Professional Development, and Events and Showcases. Donated funds will be aggregated into these three project grant categories for which eligible organizations will submit applications for support. STEM education organizations, such as schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations will be eligible to apply for support once they have signed the STEM for Success Pledge, which ensures that the applying organization, its executive, and its STEM initiative leader, are committed to the mission of promoting success through STEM. ​ Stay tuned as we develop and launch our STEM Education Support Program!

  • HANDS-ON STEM | STEM for Success

    Hands-on STEM Introduction: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is prevalent in almost every field and career. By fostering discovery, engagement and learning in small teams, children are able to develop significant cognitive and interpersonal skills through STEM topics. The hands-on STEM resources provided assist all children to discover and pursue their passions through exposure to STEM activities, role models, and learning opportunities Moreover, students will gain confidence as they are exposed to diverse integrated experiences, engage in problem solving with others, and then share their work while they showcase their progress. Key research shows that exposing children to STEM practices in context at an early age assists them in a variety of learning skills and competencies. Additionally, allowing children to work in small groups with hands-on minds-on activities aids in many areas of learning and social development. Finally, by providing opportunities to share and showcase work while responding to challenges and exploring different types of competitions, leads to a greater success in both STEM and in pursuit of other endeavors. The resources provided here are meant to assist parents, educators and other stakeholders to facilitate these engagements for children in all settings and situations. Purpose: Throughout these pages you will find information, recommendations, and sample activities that will enable you to establish and elevate your STEM program. We hope to be a system of support and inspiration for you and for children as they develop critical life skills through hands-on activities and projects and become excited about STEM. No single formula exists for creating and maintaining a STEM team or club since every situation, environment, and students are unique. With this, we hope to provide you with a basic framework to help you realize your purpose, focus, and approach to help your children’s success through STEM. Getting Started Continue Based on the best practices and lessons from the LiFE project and the work of our partners, we have gathered information and key resources on how to get started as an individual or group organizer to promote success through STEM. This section includes information about how to start and run clubs, the obstacles, pitfalls and ways to overcome these. It also has commonly needed documents like permission slips, release forms, recruitment letters and fliers, agenda templates, etc. STEM in Your Home Continue These are activities and lesson plans developed by our educators and student STEM role models. These role models prepare a video of an activity and promote STEM and answer questions as a way to support educators, parents and other stakeholders as they help kids practice hands-on, minds-on STEM wherever they may be. Another effort is to have periodic webinars/talks by STEM subject matter experts, for example, to relate their research and STEM related topics to K-12 audiences with opportunities for question and answer interactions. Activity Plans Continue This section guide includes a set of activity plans related to various STEM areas.

  • Practice Wix stuff | STEM for Success

    Girls Who Code Showcase *Article goes here* All Videos All Categories Play Video Play Video My Live Video Play Video Play Video Test Play Video Play Video 03:07 EarthScience WesternAustralia STEM - What is it and why is it important? This short animation explores Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the essential skills behind it all and why it is so important to Australia (+ you and I). Play Video Play Video 00:02 IMG_0037 To Promote SCLTs: Give them materials and connections to role models and mentoring. Connect SCLT with one another and the larger community context. Provide SCLT multiple avenues of expression to showcase actions, accomplishments, results,and finished products. Play Video Play Video 00:02 IMG_0043 To Promote SCLTs: Give them materials and connections to role models and mentoring. Connect SCLT with one another and the larger community context. Provide SCLT multiple avenues of expression to showcase actions, accomplishments, results,and finished products. Play Video Play Video 00:02 IMG_0032 Summer Institute

  • GET INVOLVED | STEM for Success

    We Invite You to Join the STEM for Success Community! Subscribe to Stay in the STEM for Success Loop! First Name Last Name Title/Position School District or Organization Email I want to subscribe to stay in the loop! Submit Thank you for joining our contact list to stay in the STEM for Success loop! We'll keep you informed of updates on the initiative, as well as other news and opportunities.

  • STEM for Success

    A New Community to Promote Success Through STEM To meet students where they are and provide multiple sustained ongoing STEM experiences, so that students will be able to pursue multiple paths to explore and follow their personal passions. What is STEM for Success? STEM for Success is an integrated program to broaden participation in STEM, especially for those in traditionally underrepresented groups, by fostering collaborative change. Through sustained community engagement and STEM experiences for kids, the program provides opportunities for students to share and showcase STEM accomplishments. STEM for Success helps students develop 21st century skills, including growth mindset, critical thinking, reflection, problem solving, leadership, communication, collaboration and other essential skills, that enable them to become productive members of the future workforce. What will STEM for Success Do? The three initiatives of STEM for Success include: ​ This initiative provides resources that help students, parents, facilitators and educators engage in minds on, hands-on STEM Hands-on STEM : ​ This initiative provides STEM professional development and fosters professional learning communities around Active Learning. Active Learning promotes self-efficacy and the desire to deepen knowledge among students and educators. Active Learning Academy: ​ This initiative invites you to get involved in our community, add your expertise and collaborate with our partners to promote success through STEM for all. Community Engagement: Contact Us Submit Thank you for contacting us! We'll reply to your communication as soon as possible.

  • 321 STEM | STEM for Success

    The 321STEM Journal The upcoming 321 STEM will be a peer-review-style online journal hosted through NJIT’s Van Houten Library that will provide an outlet for students to showcase their current work, interact with other students, faculty and the larger academic community. This space will be curated and monitored to be a safe learning space as well as a good place to post on-going work and finished products for all ages. It will allow both written and video submissions that are not limited by narrow contest rules, topics, or disciplinary boundaries. In consultation with educators and STEM professionals, the 321 STEM kids journal will allow everyone to engage in the rewarding experiences of observing, reporting, critical thinking and communicating on the way to problem solving and collaborative, innovation, research and design. ​ Stay tuned for the future launch of the 321STEM Journal!

  • Activities | STEM for Success

    Activity Plan This page is currently undergoing construction. We apologize for the inconvenience. The pages provided in this section are activity plans developed by our NSF funded research project and our other collaborators and partners. They are presented as suggestions for use with children in support of hands-on minds-on STEM. Several plans have connections to demonstration videos in the “STEM in Your Home” section as part of the initiative to help everyone do simple, fun, educational STEM activities at home, in school, or wherever you might be. Remember, STEM is in everything we do!

  • ACADEMY | STEM for Success

    The Active Learning Academy To better coordinate our efforts to provide STEM professional development and foster professional learning communities around active learning, STEM for Success is launching the Active Learning Academy. ​ ​ ​ ​ The Conference Board on Mathematical Sciences (2016) defines Active Learning as classroom practices that engage students in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion, or problem solving, that promote higher-order thinking. ​ With this wide definition, there are many techniques that can be employed to encourage students to engage with the mathematics being discussed: teaching/learning techniques include but are not limited to think-pair-share, Inquiry Based Learning, Project Based Learning, flipped classrooms, classroom response systems, math emporium, and Modeling or Computer labs. ​ ​ ​ ​ Kenneth Horwitz Assistant Director for Professional Development - @kenhorwitznj ken.horwitz@njit.edu What is Active Learning? The Active Learning Academy was inspired by Ken Horwitz’s work in the ongoing NJIT/Newark Math Success Initiative. In 2019, NJIT, the City of Newark and the Newark Board of Education partnered to create the NJIT/Newark Math Success Initiative (MSI) to promote effective teaching and learning for a group of Newark’s rising high school seniors. The program included an intensive seven-week professional development experience for Newark math teachers in which teachers were embedded in MSI math classes held at NJIT and created Active Learning modules. ​ STEM for Success was inspired to develop and launch the Active Learning Academy by the MSI teachers' feedback, their gains in self-efficacy with Active Learning, and their desire to continue deepening their knowledge and practice. History Resources: Mathematics Active Learning Lesson: Related Rates Open Education Resources for Precalculus and Calculus Modeling with Recurrence Relations Open Educational resources for Algebra Lesson Study: Rational Equations Desmos Activities ​ Presentation at Joint Mathematics Meetings 2020 Denver, CO Abstract: In this presentation, we discuss an innovative year-long project that combines extensive professional development for teachers and inquiry-based math instruction and skills for success in life for rising high school seniors from an urban district in a college setting. This partnership brings together the leadership of the City of Newark, NJ, (Mayor's Office) the Newark Board of Education (Superintendent's Office) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (Office of the President) for the purpose of changing the paradigm from less to more underrepresented minorities pursuing STEM degrees. The gateway to success in STEM majors is a student's readiness for Calculus 1. Thus, the project works to build the skills of the students through an inquiry-based math enrichment program over the summer and a Precalculus or Calculus course on the university campus during the academic year.

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