
06664736
j
2016f.01331
Stump, Sheryl L.
Bryan, Joel A.
McConnell, Tom J.
Making STEM connections.
Math. Teach. (Reston) 109, No. 8, 576583 (2016).
2016
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
M50
D40
D80
interdisciplinary instruction
modeling
investigations
http://www.nctm.org/Publications/MathematicsTeacher/2016/Vol109/Issue8/MakingSTEMConnections/
Summary: Integrated approaches to education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), especially those set in the context of realworld situations, can motivate and deepen students' learning of the STEM subjects. This article describes two integrated investigations used with mathematics and science teachers of grades 512 who participated in a threeyear mathematics and science partnership called Engineering STEM Success. The coauthors, two science educators and one mathematics educator, describe how the investigations were used to deepen teachers' knowledge of mathematics and science and make connections among STEM content areas. The investigations incorporated the first three phases  Engagement, Exploration, and Explanation  of the 5E learning cycle model used for teaching science through inquiry. These three phases are synonymous with the LaunchExploreSummarize teaching and learning model found in middle school mathematics curriculum materials. In this article, the authors describe what happened in these three phases of the investigations and also offer commentary on what they learned. This article includes suggestions for using the investigations with secondary school students. (ERIC)