STEEM is an educational acronym for science, technology, economics, engineering and mathematics which is an interdisciplinary response to a standing 30-year old ‘call-to-action’ for U.S educational reform by the 1983 A Nation At Risk Report (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Nation_at_Risk) to improve our general awareness and institutional understanding of sound basic educational requirements for 21st century international competitiveness as [we as a nation] move forward from industrial age educational modalities of learning to on-going discoveries of competitive technological and information/digital age learning modalities and best practices.
The STEEM Academy (which will be added to http://www.sepk20.com) will increase the K-16 and general U.S. population awareness of the need of an applied economics core competencies (needs and wants, supply and demand, government policies, citizenry issues and trends and international systems and competitiveness) to approach the practical tools related to hard sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and geology.); social sciences (anthropology, political science, social studies, economics, public health and demography) and the behavioral sciences (Psychology and Cognitive sciences.) equipped by digital multimedia for increased student achievement. STEEM will provide: online learning, in-service workshops, train-the-trainer professional development, collaborative post-secondary institutes, blended instruction (face-to-face and mobile learning), and a national network of project-based learning opportunities led by mentors, educators, legislators, businesspersons and leaders. STEEM, is the ideation of instructional designer W. Calvin Anderson, M.Ed utilizes applied economics as a catalyst and lead subject area and knowledge domain to galvanize initial and renewed appreciation for the hard and human sciences.
This interdisciplinary approach led by applied economics in the STEEM program has the special interest in extending science student performance rigors and desired skills sets (improving reading, critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative research and understanding) to increase productive learning (project-based learning, case study learning) opportunities in schools and communities by examining the real-world creative potential of all science-based disciplines in industries using today’s diverse technologies and applications of digital multimedia and visual communications for education, business and diverse careers.
STEEM teaching and learning guided by core competencies in applied economics (analyzing markets, assets, variables, distribution, assumptions, biases, scenarios, theories, research methods, policies, syllogisms, demographics, liabilities and statistical formulas) and new conventions in digital multimedia for diverse market-based visual design communications options will seek to encourage teacher-led, student-led, vendor/mentor-led and cross-age tutorials for K-12 and K-16 constituencies in reading and English Language Arts, analytical skills development, mathematical logic and problem-solving skill acquisition for engagements in the hard, behavioral and social sciences.
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